Stephen Jones
Executive Vice President

Steve provides support for nonprofits in development functions such as leadership recruitment and training; capital campaigns; annual giving; legacy giving; and staff training. Prior to joining Hartsook, Steve served as the Presiding Bishop/Chief Financial Officer for the Community of Christ where he oversaw development and implementation of a five-year strategic financial plan and was responsible for overseeing $1 billion of insured assets worldwide. He has also served as the Chief Operations Officer for North Iowa Mercy Hospital Center and was Senior Vice President for Regional Health Network for ten hospitals and shared services.

His volunteer experience includes serving on the Capital Campaign Committee and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for Children’s Mercy Hospital; as a board member and executive committee member for Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care; and as inaugural board member for the Health Care Foundation of Kansas City. He has a Master of Arts/Religion, Park University; Master of Health Administration, St. Louis University; and a Bachelor of Science, Augustana College.

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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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