Leadership Published Date, 2024

Partner Perspectives: Illinois Tech

Watch Now: Interview with Susan Lewers, Associate Vice President of Major and Planned Gifts at Illinois Tech.

With a background in law and a strong track record in relationship-building, Susan brings over three decades of experience in development and fundraising across the sector, with a particular focus on education and advancement. During her 14-year tenure at Illinois Tech, Susan has played an integral role in sophisticating the institution’s approach to fundraising with a particular focus on driving strategic major and planned giving initiatives.

Susan and the team at Illinois Tech have partnered with Orr Group for over 4 years. Most recently, we’ve been serving as embedded partners to support various fundraising initiatives surrounding Illinois Tech’s “Power The Difference” campaign, a $1 billion effort to disrupt traditional education models and reshape the University’s organizational and advancement structure. With a focus on major and planned gift fundraising, we’re helping Illinois Tech reimagine its philanthropic potential and amplify its impact.

Hear from Susan on the power of relationship-building, the transformation of Illinois Tech, and the results of our ongoing partnership in the video above.

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