Jason Wood
Senior Vice President

Jason served as President and CEO of the Pikes Peak United Way (PPUW) in Colorado Springs, Co. where he managed a 35-member team and $5.5 million annual operating budget. In 2015, Jason was selected as a top-20 CEO within United Way Worldwide, earning participation in the organization’s Executive Leadership Program through the U.K.-based Center for Creative Leadership. He began with United Way as a Senior Director of Community Investment and Leadership Giving, Endowment, and Planned Giving before serving as the Director of Resource Investment, Financial Stability and then as Vice President for Community Engagement.

Jason was selected as one of 24 high-potential contributors among 2,000 applicants worldwide for the United Way Worldwide Global Resident Fellowship focused on leadership, cross-cultural awareness and cross-functional projects across Europe. Jason holds a B.A. in nonprofit management, with a specialty in fundraising and community engagement, from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

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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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