Norma Murphy
Executive Vice President

  • 2005 Hartsook Companies Outstanding Fundraising Consultant
  • 2004 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Greater Wichita AFP

Norma leads Hartsook’s grant development services. Before joining Hartsook, she was Vice President of Development for the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas. She also was Development Director for Rainbows United of Wichita, a preschool for children with disabilities, where she completed the organization’s first capital campaign six months ahead of schedule and 10 percent over goal.

Norma serves on a national committee for the American Association of Grant Professionals, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she was named the 2004 Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year and Hartsook’s Outstanding Fundraising Consultant in 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University.

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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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