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Adrian Sargeant, PhD
Curriculum Consultant

Adrian Sargeant is Professor of Fundraising at Plymouth University and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy. He is the world’s foremost fundraising academic, formerly holding the Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He also holds visiting appointments at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies, Queensland University of Technology.

He has received many awards for his services to the profession, notably being named to the prestigious Non-profit Times Power and Influence List in the United States in 2010. In the UK in the same year he received a Civil Society Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising.

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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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