Sherry Ipema
Business Development and Support Services Associate

Sherry adds her business know-how and significant experience in marketing, fundraising, account management, and client service to the Hartsook team. She is adept at problem solving and works to ensure all daily business operations are handled with excellence. She served as the lead volunteer program manager for several educational and fundraising initiatives within the Shawnee Mission School District.

She also worked as the development manager of Caritas Clinics of the Catholic Charities as special projects fundraising manager. She was the first staff member hired at the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation to create a new development department. She received her Bachelor of Communications from the University of Missouri.

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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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