John Warren
Executive Vice President

Prior to joining Hartsook, John was the Principal of John W. Warren & Associates, fundraising counsel specializing in comprehensive fundraising program architecture, board development, and executive search. He brings over 40 years of non-profit development expertise including 15 years in senior management for Homewood Retirement Centers in Maryland, where he served as Vice President of Funds Development.

Warren is currently a member of the TriState Chapter of AFP in Winchester; he was a charter founding member of the Western Maryland Chapter of AFP and President in 2006; he is a member of the SeniorCare Development Network (SCDN); and served as president and chairman of numerous community and civic organizations over the years.

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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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