While I don’t necessarily agree with all of Rip Rapson’s comments about philanthropy support, he has raised questions we all need to think about.A Message from the Kresge Foundation President, Rip RapsonWhat’s next: Philanthropy in an age of government retrenchment: from remarks at the Memphis Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence and the Minnesota Council of NonprofitsIt is a pleasure to be here. It has been uplifting to learn more about the work you do daily to enable the region’s nonprofit sector to maintain the reach and quality of its services as we struggle with the continuing aftershocks of the worst recession since the 1930s and the onset of a period of budgetary constraints the severity of which we haven’t seen for a generation.I’d like to use my time this morning to discuss three things:• First, how the economic downturn has affected the nonprofit landscape;• Second, what changes are underway at Kresge; and• Third, how Kresge’s changes may reflect the broader field of philanthropy’s approaches going forward.To read the full article, please click here:
Will You Be There When John Shamberg Calls?
A big part of fundraising is showing up and being available. I learned this lesson on a very memorable New Year’s Eve, a very long time ago.
As an eager young fundraiser working for Washburn University, I didn’t know that it was unusual still to be at work in the evening of December 31st. But, there I was.
Earlier that year, a graduate of Washburn University School of Law told me he was going to give a gift of land to his synagogue, a private K-12 school and Washburn. John Shamberg, who has since passed away, made millions of dollars for institutions all over the world, and he wanted to give a significant gift to organizations he valued. His 40 acres of land on the outskirts of Kansas City were valued at $450,000, and his intention was to give $150,000 each to three organizations.
He’d left the task to the last day of the year, but now he was ready to make it happen.
He called the synagogue. No answer.
He called the K-12 school. No answer.
Then, he called Washburn and got me.
“Bob,” he said, “you just won the jackpot!”
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