Davoren Tempel
Executive Vice President

Davoren served as Committee Chair for the Children’s Place, establishing that organization’s foundation. Her first professional fundraising position was Vice President of residential services for John Knox Village where she used her expertise to create their foundation and assisted in raising $14 million for new construction and endowment.

At Children’s Mercy, she established the Don Chisholm Planned Gift Council. She was named one of the hospital’s 2007 Heroes in Healthcare, an INGRAM’S Lifetime Service award. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Missouri and attended graduate school at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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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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