H. Daniel Chegwidden, CFP
Senior Consultant

Dan is one of the nation’s premier planned-giving experts and a solid all-around fundraising consultant. He has more than three decades experience, primarily in higher education and healthcare. Dan has built a reputation for growing young or non-existent planned giving programs into significant contributors.

He is a Certified Financial Planner, past president of the Western Michigan Planned Giving Council and a member of the National Council of Planned Giving. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in marketing and public relations. He was commissioned by the Jayhawk Battalion of the US Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserves.

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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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