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Judith Heasley
Associate Consultant

Judy is a retired higher education administrator capping her career by serving one year as an Executive Staff Affiliate with the Kansas Board of Regents. She brings 27 years of advancement experience as an associate consultant and served as President/CEO of the Emporia State Foundation. At Arizona State University Polytechnic campus, she directed the campus campaign to raise over $26 million and conducted fundraising efforts for the Cronkite School of Journalism.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University and her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Business Management from Texas Tech University. She has assisted numerous nonprofits and local organizations as a volunteer and board member.

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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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