Welcome to the Development Office website. Our development officers can help you determine where your interests and the needs of the college may intersect in ways that will be mutually beneficial.


Gifts to the Wartburg Annual Fund provide the margin of excellence that Wartburg has become known for. Like a tuition dollar, gifts to the Annual Fund are undesignated and allow flexibility in the budgeting process while enhancing all aspects of college operations. The Annual Fund plays a hand in everything from scholarships, to technology, to the many clubs and organizations that provide opportunities for students to grow as a whole person, both personally and academically.


Invest in Wartburg's future.

Your generous gift will help sustain the college's mission, support scholarships, transform tomorrow's vision of Wartburg and more.


Wartburg supports the concept of a socially, culturally, and economically diverse student body and provides financial aid to more than 98 percent of its students. Scholarships help Wartburg attract top students and make a Wartburg education feasible for students from all segments of society. Annually funded and endowed scholarships free up institutional funds for other critical needs and create a bond between donors and current students. Donors are invited to meet their recipients at an annual scholarship luncheon.

Fund the Fortress

Fund the Fortress: Crowdfunding
Gifts through Fund the Fortress give our community and donors the opportunity to directly impact their favorite organization or cause. Fund the Fortress allows students, faculty and staff the opportunity to raise funds for projects, campus needs, activities and more. Projects could range from supporting student athletes to purchasing needed equipment for improved education. We encourage you to browse our current and past projects to view the Wartburg Community in action. You can help by giving to a project today, sharing a project on your social networking sites or submitting an idea for a project.


Endowed funds help create and sustain distinctive teaching and learning activities in a variety of areas across Wartburg’s campus, supporting students, faculty, and extracurricular activities. Endowed funds are administered by the college in accordance with applicable laws and guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents.


Wartburg College values the financial investment offered by alumni, parents, and friends and is proud to recognize this support through its Presidents’ Round Table and three other distinct donor recognition societies: Tower Society, 1852 Founder’s Society, and Heritage Society.



The Tower Society recognizes all Annual Fund gifts (annual unrestricted gifts) in support of the College, and annual restricted gifts that support the ongoing operations of designated areas of the college. Membership is based on donors’ total giving (including matching gifts from their employer) during the fiscal year. Recent graduates who make gifts at the GOLD level will receive the same recognition as a Tower Society member. Members are honored each year during Homecoming Weekend and receive special medallions based upon their level of support. Members are listed on the Tower Society plaque in the Saemann Student Center, unless they prefer to remain anonymous. The Tower Society includes the following levels:

Associate Member 
Leadership Member
Sustaining Member 
Distinguished Member

$1,000 – $2,499
$2,500 – $4,999 
$5,000 – $9,999
$10,000 – $24,999
$25,000 or above

Round Table Seal


Recognition in the President’s Round Table is based on donors’ cumulative giving. All current as well as irrevocable deferred gifts are included in a donor’s giving history. Round Table members are honored each year during Homecoming Weekend. In addition, a permanent display honoring all members is located in the Student Center. 

Order of the Gate
Order of the Plume
Order of the Lance
Order of the Chalice
Order of the Knight
Order of the Castle

$50,000 or more
$100,000 or more
$250,000 or more
$500,000 or more
$1,000,000 or more
$2,500,000 or more


The Heritage Society was established in 1977 to thank and recognize alumni, parents, and friends who have included Wartburg College in their estate plans. We believe those who make provisions for future gifts to Wartburg hold a special place in the life of the college. They regard the college as a family member when placing Wartburg in their estate plans. For many Heritage Society members, a planned gift is a natural extension of their generosity to Wartburg during their lifetimes. Heritage Society members are recognized each year at the Homecoming Luncheon, when new members receive a framed watercolor print of Old Main.

You may qualify for membership in one or more of the following ways:

  • A gift in your will (name the college to receive a specific dollar amount or percentage).
  • Charitable Gift Annuity (minimum $10,000).
  • Charitable Annuity Trust or Remainder Trust.
  • Charitable Lead Trust.
  • IRA or Retirement Accounts (make gifts straight from your IRA or name the college as beneficiary).
  • Life Estate—gift your home or farmland and retain the right to use the property during your lifetime.
  • Life Insurance Policy—make the college owner or beneficiary.
  • Revocable Trust (living trust).

Please contact us for related information on these services we provide:

  • Personalized Gift Illustrations
  • Sample Bequest Language
  • Deferred Gift Commitment Form
  • Sample Endowment Agreement

Contact: Don Meyer at (319) 352-8487


The following is a directory of allied professionals from across the country who have a Wartburg College connection as alumni, parents or friends.  This directory is provided as a resource for fellow alumni, parents and friends of the college who are seeking estate planning and financial planning advice.  These professionals are listed by geographic area to assist you in finding guidance from someone who lives in your area and who has a Wartburg connection.  The planned giving staff at the college are willing and ready to work with you and your advisors in helping you reach your goals as you plan future gifts through your estate.  We believe that charitable planning is a process that ideally involves the donor, professional advisors and our gift planning staff—all working together to arrange the best gift possible.

If you are a professional advisor and want to be added to this list, please contact Kim Bunce at Wartburg College at with your contact information. Please indicate your relationship with Wartburg College.   

Please note that inclusion on this list is for informational purposes only and does not represent an endorsement by Wartburg College of any individual or company.  


Kimberly Bunce

Office Coordinator, Scholarships & Gift Planning

Renee Clark Voves '04

Associate Director of Institutional Advancement - Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Giving

Hope Elbert

Office Coordinator, Alumni & Parent Relations

Laurie Everhardt '92

Major Gift Officer

Sarah Frederick

Office Coordinator, Development

Christa Hanson

Associate Director of Institutional Advancement – Prospect Management & Research

Scott Leisinger

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Donald Meyer

CFRE, Senior Gift Planner

Rob Ruchotzke

Director of Annual Giving

Tony PeterSmith

Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Tiffany Stouffer

Annual Giving Project Manager