Lisa Wiens Thompson, DDMIN
Associate Consultant

Lisa Wiens Thompson received her BS, BA and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Divinity from Duke University. Before beginning her work in church ministry Lisa worked with the Boys & Girls Club of East Dallas as the Teen Center Director. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church Lisa has served as senior pastor to three congregations. Fundraising for missions and extension ministries (camps, campus ministries, urban ministry settings) is a part of her ministry. Lisa has participated in highly successful fundraising challenges for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team in Training and the Multiple Sclerosis Walk.

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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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