New Professionals Cohort Pilot Operations Plan
Session 3A

Wednesday, October 3 | 1:30–3:00 PM

Presented by: 
Angela Altamore and Michal Shaw

Session Description: 

The ADRP New Professionals Cohort will provide a group of conference attendees, each of whom have been in the donor relations and stewardship profession for less than three years, with a unique and exceptional conference experience. This session will give you an opportunity to connect with others new to the field before being immersed into what can be an overwhelming conference experience. In addition, you will receive a robust introduction to donor relations and stewardship, including topics such as characteristics of successful stewardship professionals, trends in the profession, where to find resources and best practices, tips for collaborating across your organization, and more.

This is an opportunity facilitated by current and/or past ADRP board members. It's the on-boarding to the profession that we all wish we'd received early in our careers! We hope you learn from the experience as well as better understand what ADRP can and should offer to future leaders in donor relations and stewardship.

Shop Size
Suitable for any size shop

Experience Level
Newcomer (0–3 years)

Private College/University
Public College/University
Private Secoondary School
Religious Organization
Arts Organization
Environmental Organization
Advocacy Organization
Social Services
Other Nonprofit

Foundational Elements of Donor Relations



About the Speakers:


Angela Altamore
Senior Director, Stewardship and Donor Engagement
Kansas State University Foundation

Angela Altamore has been a passionate donor advocate for more than 10 years. As the senior director of stewardship and donor engagement on behalf of the Kansas State University Foundation, Angela manages the team responsible for honoring donor intent and ensuring donors understand firsthand the impact their gifts have on Kansas State University.

Prior to finding her home in donor relations, Angela gained more than five years of development and management experience in roles ranging from gift entry and prospect research to grant writing and gift officer work. This broad background enables her to more fully understand multiple components of a development shop and use that knowledge to create unique donor interactions and events.

Angela is a proud member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals Board of Directors and a CASE volunteer and can be seen supporting the Wildcats in her vintage polka dot threads.

Michal Shaw
AVP, Donor Relations and Director, Women for OSU
Oklahoma State University Foundation

Michal Shaw is assistant vice president of donor relations and director of women for Oklahoma State University at OSU Foundation. She has more than 14 years of experience in higher education fundraising that includes research, prospect management, scholarship administration, gift administration, compliance, stewardship, donor relations, and special events. In her current role, she oversees donor relations, stewardship, and special events. Other responsibilities include the oversight of Women for Oklahoma State University, the university's women's philanthropy program.

Michal currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Prior speaking engagements include, but are not limited to CASE, ADRP, AASP, APRA, Academic Impressions, and Big 12 Development Conferences.