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The first volume of the Journal of Donor Relations & Stewardship focuses on the definitions we use in our practice. 


  • Beyond Compliance Basics: Results Driven Stewardship
  • A Call for Donor Recognition Strategy
  • Required or Elective? The Importance of Creative Writing Skill to the Practice of Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • The Role of Shop Size and Configuration in Providing Donor Relations Services

Book 1: Definitions is available for purchase on Amazon.com

Advancing Philanthropy, Summer 2017 | What's New? Knowledge Explosion Informs Fundraising History and Practice, Sophie Penney, PhD

Erika R. Bernal

Erika R. Bernal, MBA, CFRE, is the senior director of development & alumni relations at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Erika has held a series of development and donor relations positions in healthcare and higher educational institutions in Southern California and has served as an executive officer and board director of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP). 

Daphne B. Powell

Daphne B. Powell is the senior director of donor relations and stewardship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She developed, implemented, and oversees UAB's comprehensive stewardship program for gift acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting. She is a charter member of ADRP and a member and chair-elect of the Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation Board of Directors.


Nancy Lubich McKinney is the executive director of Donor and Gift Services at University of California, Berkley. She is the author of "Stewardship in a Decentralized Fundraising Environment," in Intentional Stewardship: Bringing Your Donors to Their Highest Level of Philanthropy. She is a long-standing member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and served as President of that organization 2009-2014.


Julia Emlen is the author of Intentional Stewardship: Bringing Your Donors to Their Highest Level of Philanthropy (CASE Books).  She is a frequent writer and presenter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE), and has chaired the CASE Annual Meeting for Donor Relations and Stewardship. She offers consulting through Julia Emlen and Associates and Marts & Lundy and holds the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. She has served as adjunct faculty at Johnson & Wales University, teaching an undergraduate course on philanthropy and fundraising. 

Executive Editor


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Anne Manner-McLarty is a serial entrepreneur and lead consultant of Heurista, a multi-disciplinary firm helping nonprofit organizations improve their donor relations and stewardship practices.  This work draws upon Anne’s reputation as a thought leader in the field and combines the experience, creativity and project management skills of the Heurista team.  Anne is a long-standing member and volunteer leader with the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP), contributing through board service, conference and educational content planning and frequent presentations.  

Managing Editor