MAILED: Sept. 5, 2000
A woman with 11 years of fund-raising experience has been named director of annual giving for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation.
Ann S. Moyer is filling the position left by Edmund Elworthy, who retired in August.
As director of annual giving, Moyer will focus on strategies to increase annual gifts and donor participation through telemarketing, direct mail and personal solicitation. As a senior member of the development staff, she will provide direct staff support for the chancellor, other university leaders, Foundation directors and other fund-raising volunteers and will participate in various UW-Eau Claire development and alumni relations activities.
"We're delighted Ann will be leading energetic efforts to broaden the base of annual gifts from our alumni and friends," said Jack Fistler, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. "She has solid fund-raising experience and a sincere appreciation for the university's academic quality."
Fistler has high hopes for Moyer's involvement in the annual giving program and is looking to build on an already strong record of alumni support. He said the average participation rate for annual alumni giving at public universities nationally is about 18-20 percent, while, in recent years, about 30 percent of UW-Eau Claire's alumni have donated to the university.
"Obviously we have a very loyal and committed group of alumni who recognize the value of their education and who want to give back to their university," Fistler said. "In the future, I'd love to see that number at 40 percent.
"Annual gifts are the lifeblood of excellence here," Fistler said. "They allow us to take advantage of special initiatives or to support a variety of special projects, such as scholarships, library acquisitions, or faculty development and awards."
For the past 10 years, Moyer has served as director of development for the Sisters of Saint Bede Monastery, handling annual appeals, major and planned giving, and special events and promotions. She also currently serves on the executive committees of Chippewa Valley Fund-Raising Professionals and Leave a Legacy Chippewa Valley.
"I am very pleased to be a part of the UW-Eau Claire community," Moyer said. "I look forward to working on behalf of the university to support the standards of excellence which have been established and are carried out every day on this campus."
Moyer earned her bachelor's degree in human development from Ohio Wesleyan University and has completed courses toward a master's of divinity from United Theological Seminary.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 5, 2000