Kristy Burns
Vice President

Under Kristy’s direction, clients are raising millions of philanthropic dollars through direct response, strategic special events and major gift efforts. Kristy founded two nonprofit organizations and has built nonprofit from the ground up, including board development and strategic planning. She has worked with clients in several areas including environmental, education, arts, historic preservation, health and wellness, political causes, and continues to contribute and collaborate on books, newsletters, and blogs.

Kristy continues to raise considerable dollars for clients through philanthropic awareness, targeted messaging, and working carefully and creatively with client’s unique needs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Valparaiso University and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy with a concentration in Fundraising Management.

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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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