Terry Snapp, MA, CFRE
Executive Vice President

Terry has successfully led a wide variety of organizations through numerous multi-million dollar campaigns, helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Before joining Hartsook, he served as Executive Director of Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation where he launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the 45-year history of Truman Medical Center.

During his tenure as Vice President for University Advancement at Park University annual giving grew to $1 million a year. He has served as President of AFP’s Kansas City Chapter. Terry was named Kansas City Fundraiser of the Year in 2008 by the Mid-America Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is also a writer and an inspiring, sought-after speaker. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees 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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