Rita Udvardy and Julie Burnett join the Data Integrity Team

In our efforts to strengthen relationships with our alumni, parents, and friends, we as a division, are focused on using data to help drive strategy and decision making. Regardless of where benefactors are in their philanthropic journey with Notre Dame, data will continue to play an integral part in our efforts to engage our donors in bringing them closer to the University and her mission. Each and every one of us share in responsibility of maintaining the integrity of our data.

Today, I am happy to announce that Rita Udvardy and Julie Burnett have accepted the positions of Data Analyst within the Data Integrity team. In these roles, Rita & Julie will build upon the foundation of our biographical framework and look to improve and enhance our collection, recording and reporting of key biographical data points. Both Rita & Julie bring an array of talents developed in their time with Donor Services, Engagement Information and Annual Giving Programs.

Please join me in congratulating both Rita & Julie – we are truly blessed to have them in these roles!


Patty Herrity

2015 Winter Mailing

The 2015 Winter Mailing began to drop to all Alumni, Parents, and Friends on Friday, November 20, with the final pieces dropping on Tuesday, November 24. The mailing includes a Christmas card and letter from Fr. John, as well as a reply card and business reply envelope.
Also included in the mailing is the link for the Christmas microsite, www.christmas2015.nd.edu. The site contains a letter from Fr. John, a video Christmas greeting from the University, and a link to make a gift.
Lindahl Chase

Sorin Impact Report

On Tuesday, November 24, all current Sorin Society members received the below email and link to this year’s Sorin Impact Report. It includes wonderful profiles of our students and demonstrates the incredible impact these benefactors have on Notre Dame each and every day. I encourage you to read and forward it to any potential Sorin Society benefactors as a way of encouraging a year-end gifts.
We will distribute hard copies to each fundraiser in the coming weeks. If you know of any benefactor who would like to personally receive a hard copy, please let me know.
Thank you,
Brian DissYou have had a profound impact through your generosity to Notre Dame! You, along with nearly 8,800 other members of the Sorin Society are helping to educate the hearts and minds of young women and men to be leaders for a world greatly in need.

I invite you to read this year’s Sorin Impact Report to hear directly from our students how you have made their Notre Dame experience possible and powerful over the past year.

Thank you for all you do for Our Lady’s University.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Amy Schell
Director, Edward Frederick Sorin Society

P.S. If you would like a hard copy of this year’s report, please reply to this email. Hard copies will be mailed in January 2016.


For the first time, the stewardship report was included in all 4,200 endowment report packages. The follow up mailing dropped last week to those donors who do not receive endowment reports and who have contributed at least $5000 during the last fiscal year or $100,000 lifetime (more than 3,000 benefactors).

Special Events & Stewardship produces the stewardship report annually. Through compelling benefactor stories and photography, the booklet illustrates the success of the previous year’s fundraising efforts. Please contact Sara Kassen with any questions: 574-631-2975.

Stories of Thanks

An email will be sent out tomorrow to our entire database of Notre Dame alumni, parents and friends with this note from Lou Nanni:

As we gather with loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to share with you the stories of eight students in Notre Dame’s Class of 2019.

Each of these students was given a GoPro camera to capture the excitement from their travels home to campus and their first eight weeks of college life at Notre Dame.

Thanks to your generosity, and that of the more than 100,000 donors to the University this past year, each of these students has received significant financial aid.

As you’ll see in these four short videos, they are extraordinarily grateful for your help to make their Notre Dame experience possible—and so are we.

In this season of gratitude, please know how much we thank you for changing the lives of these eight students, and countless others, here at Notre Dame. For this, and so much more, we are forever thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lou Nanni,

Vice President, University Relations

LINK TO STORIES:  http://8for8.nd.edu

Condolences to Brenda Carr

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the news that Brenda Carr’s aunt, Flora Alexander passed away on Sunday, November 22nd; Flora was born on June 4, 1920.

The visitation will be this Saturday, November 28, at 9:30 am and a funeral Mass will follow at 10:30; the visitation and the funeral will take place at 1501 W. Washington, St. Augustine Church.

Please keep Brenda and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss.

Mary Ellen Koepfle

Welcome Peggy Queen to Donor Services

I am pleased to announce that Peggy Queen has accepted the position of Lettershop Coordinator. She joins us from the Engagement Information team as a result of the retirement of Barb Patnaude as well as the reorganization announced in September.

Peggy began her career at Notre Dame as a gift processor in which she also worked in alumni files, performed report writing and information tracking, and assisted in many campaign-related events. She then moved to Research as a propsect analyst where she provided support for the Western area team, aka the Best of the West.

At our most recent UR Summit, we celebrated Peggy’s 25 year milestone anniversary–we welcome her wealth of Development knowledge and experience.

Peggy’s first day will be November 30th.  We are eager to see her positive contributions to Donor Services and enthusiastically welcome her to our team!

Sharon Rankert

New Online Giving Form


It’s with great pleasure that the Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing team announces the New Online Giving form!

With more gifts than ever coming in online and through mobile devices, this new form has been built to work seamlessly with all devices. It is also designed to be more user friendly, making it easier for our benefactors to make their gift!

Head on over to the new form here to check out the new look and feel, and be sure to try it on your mobile device too!

Many thanks to Rick Kohler for leading this effort and the many members of IS, Donor Services, OIT and AGSM that worked many hours to make this fantastic new giving form a reality.


Mark Naman