Mark Lanum

Director, Donor Services
University of Washington


Having arrived at the University of Washington in 2000, Mark Lanum currently serves as the Director of Donor Services. In 2002, he became one of the two founding staff members of the UW’s first central Stewardship and Donor Recognition team. That original 2 person team has grown to a team of 8 and is now responsible for a wide range of programs and services including gift documentation, endowment tracking and reporting, campus-wide recognition programs, and online stewardship programs among many others. Mark has served as the team’s first Director since 2008. 

During his UW career, Mark has also held positions in information management and reporting, as well as prospect management. He also facilitates the UW’s Advancement Leadership Class, a unique program designed to develop and enhance the University’s next generation of thought leaders from among a diverse group of Advancement professionals.

As a speaker, Mark brings humor and insight to a variety of professional settings including having served as speaker at several Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP), Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), Council for Aid and Support of Education (CASE), and Ellucian conferences. In 2014, he also served on the faculty for the week-long CASE Summer Institute in Advancement Services.

A member of ADRP since 2011, Mark served on the marketing and communications committee for the 2013 ADRP International Conference in Providence, before serving as the conference chair when ADRP came to Seattle in 2014. As a self-professed “people person by nature and computer nerd by choice,” he seeks to bring a strategic vision to the work of donor stewardship through a collaborative effort with colleagues both near and far. Fostering innovative solutions by harnessing technology and leveraging new ideas from beyond the borders of philanthropy he seeks to have fun and develop strong relationships along the way.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity Lutheran College.