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Kimera Way
Associate Consultant

Kimera conducted multimillion dollar campaigns at Emporia State University $25 million, Michigan Technological University ($140 million), and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire $50 million – all of which exceeded their goals ahead of schedule.

She served as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, including the second-best fundraising year in its 50-year history. Kimera co-authored a book on public relations. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming and her Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Kansas.

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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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