1A | Top 10 Ways Gift Officers Can Be Donor Relations Officers

Wednesday, Sept 21
10:50 - 11:50 PM

Education, Suitable for all audiences

Experience Level
Suitable for all levels

Shop Size
Suitable for any size shop

Everyone involved in fundraising has a responsibility to share with donors the impact of their philanthropy. How can you work together with your front-line fundraisers to ensure that donors hear from your institution, see the power of their gifts, and are inspired to give again? This interactive session will identify both new and existing ways to steward donors and offer suggestions to maximize those methods. You will leave with a template to take back to your organization to motivate gift officers to work on your behalf as donor relations officers.


Marissa Hoechstetter

Marissa Hoechstetter is Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship at Smith College where she manages a robust program of reporting, communications, events, and donor engagement. Previously Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at the Yiddish Book Center and Associate Director of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art, Marissa has expertise in multiple modes of fundraising, organizing special events, board management, and donor cultivation and stewardship. She has also served as a lead fundraiser for the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service, consulted for the Phillips Collection, worked in the Chairman's Office of the National Endowment for the Arts, and taught high school art classes. Marissa holds a MA in arts management from American University and a BS in studio art from Skidmore College. She is a member of ADRP and AFP.