Jim Brandmeyer, MBA
Associate Consultant

Jim brings decades of successful fundraising experience to his role as a consultant. His tenure in healthcare and education give him insights into real-world challenges faced by nonprofits today. He knows how to help organizations take a long-term approach and, more importantly, how to help them realize their fundraising goals.

Jim graduated from the University Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism and received his MBA from Rockhurst University. He has coordinated a wide variety of fundraising activities for numerous agencies, from annual solicitations to major gifts and bequests, and has been actively involved in strategic planning, policy, and implementation.

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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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