Artful Askers exists to empower faith-based and
community organizations with the knowledge, tools, expertise,
and skills to access money and other resources
to meet needs in their community.

We help you to have HUGE community-impact and transformation
and build your capacity to meet needs!

"Philanthropy is the 'art' of connecting
a cheerful giver and a grateful recipient by an 'artful' ask." 

More than 90% of the wealth in this country is in non-cash assets. In fact 92.7% of ALL giving are these non-cash or in-kind gifts. You must be stewarding and documenting these (volunteer hours, in-kind gifts, stock, etc) appropriately and demonstrate your leverage to donors before many funders will consider cash or monetary grants. Are you ready to receive? Are you ready to engage?  

Accessing money and other resources is not a secret--it's a "process" and the process is based entirely upon proven principles that work whether you believe them or not. Most people don't know what they don't know but if you follow the process, it works.  

Working with nonprofits, community leaders, churches, Board Members, United Way-type agencies, and others in meeting community needs, we have taught 34,000 Doers (faith-based or community nonprofits, churches, etc) and 3,400 Donors (foundations, corporations, individuals, athletes, musicians, etc) to engage the same process for themselves--no need to hire a consultant. The process applies in every situation and is based on sound principles. Regardless of the amount of money you are looking for or what the need is, if you follow the process, your need will be met. However, don't use religious words--show the social value of what you are doing and the benefit to people in your community and share your vision!

We teach the entire process in a one-day workshop and on DVD: We are Educators NOT Consultants: We teach you how to do everything yourself without the need to hire anyone--Leveraging through gleaners and volunteer time; Being ready to receive; Sharing your vision in a 3- to 5-page written document (following very strict format/content guidelines based on industry research); Assessing, engaging in, and stewarding the connections and relationships around you whether approved or rejected; and BEing and DOing your part working to meet needs in your community. . . Your nonprofit, your Board or volunteers, or your church can gain the knowledge to access all that you need.

Learn to glean and leverage and access hundreds of thousands
of dollars of new, in-kind products to use in your community
to meet needs for just pennies on the dollar!
Want more info? E-mail! 

Become Certified at Community Impact and Transformation.
To learn more, Click HERE!

Complimentary Document Downloads and/or
watch Artful Askers DVD Series online
 now at  (allows open 14 day access)


One-Day Artful Askers Workshops: 

Friday, July 26, Winnebago, Minnesota
Learn more and/or Pre-Register HERE  


2018 Articles & Overviews     (posted regularly):   

1. "Project Connect Overview"
     summary and overview document. click HERE.
     The How-to-Do-a-Project-Connect-in-ANY-Community is coming soon!

2. "Project Connect F.A.Q.s (Frequently Asked Questions)"
     click HERE.

3. "The Warehouse--January 2018" article.
     summary and overview document. click HERE.
      The How-to-Do-a-Warehouse-in-ANY-Community is coming soon!

4. "Bob, where you been? Why move? How's Connie?"
     A 3-year lesson on why you should be careful going down your stairs.
       If you are going to miss a step, miss the last one NOT the first one.
click HERE.  

5. "Another Warehouse" article. click HERE. 

6. "The List of MOST NEEDED Items that cannot be
     purchased with Food Stamps."
click HERE

7. "Steps to start a Nonprofit Organization--a 501(c)(3).
     It's easier than you think!
click HERE. 

8. "Motives and Integrity. . .
     Why we do what we do the way we do!" 

     click HERE. 

9. The Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri is a rural healthcare network comprised of over 50 organizations that serve Missouri’s Lafayette, Carroll, Ray, Saline, and Eastern Jackson counties. The network provides a centralized effort to ensure adequate provision of healthcare services to the public, a source of advocacy for healthcare providers and a group addressing the "Social Determinants of Health." We focus on the whole person. Watch this third-party report about HCC's Network: click HERE. 

10. Letters of Support and Endorsement
       click HERE  

11. Being on a Board of Directors--What are
       the Expectation and Responsibilities?
       click HERE

12. Serving on a Board of Directors--There are
      Different Types of Boards. . . 

      click HERE

13. The Value of a Volunteer Hour
       click HERE 

14. Submitting a Proposal Online. . . 
       click HERE



MANY more articles will be posted on a regular basis! I am also developing an awesome "Blog and Training Site" over the next few months and will continue it as an online opportunity for anyone to share! Check it out: and let me know what you think! As I develop the Bob Vickers Network, I will be updating everything! 

Note: You are encouraged to copy and utilize the materials as much as possible so please do so. . . ALL articles and white-papers are available electronically in pdf by request. Please don't re-invent the wheel: My calling is to empower and serve the Servants. I want to cooperate and collaborate to help people serve by empowering and serving you, the Servant Leaders! Thanks!  


One-Day Workshops   (All Identical)
"Building Relationships With Funders and Resources:"
  - ALL workshops are 1 day and start at 9:00 am (doors open 30 minutes prior).
  - ALL workshops end at 4:00 pm (Registration Fee includes lunch).
  - Several Registration/Pre-Registration Options available.
  - Non Pre-Registered walk-ups pay cash/check IF space/materials allow.
  - Leave  the workshop with everything needed to engage in process for Registration Fee only.
  - Workshops are ideal for ALL nonprofit employees, leaders, and Board Members, church leaders, United Ways or UW-type agencies, and anyone who desires knowledge to access resources or money to meet needs in their community and donors.

Once you have paid/attended a workshop OR purchased/watched a DVD Series, we critique your documents, answer questions, and coach you for no additional charge. You may also attend any workshop from now on free BUT notify Bob prior and bring your own materials.

All are Identical One-Day Artful Askers Workshops--
                      Choose the BEST one for you!

Friday, July 26, Winnebago, Minnesota
Learn more and/or Pre-Register HERE  

More Workshops posted soon.


What is an Artful Askers Workshop?    

Click HERE to learn more about a workshop. . .  

To order your own DVD Series of the Artful Askers Workshop, click HERE
(most people can engage after watching/attending).

Yes, more workshops will be scheduled in the future. . . Please be patient--I am just learning to walk again after being in a wheelchair 3.5 years due to a fall down my stairs! 


"I'm scheduling workshops! I still use regular Artful Askers material BUT also use a supplemental teaching packet, "In-Kind Search and Acquisition to Meet Needs in Your Community!" I've developed this material during the past 6 years while I have gathered and distributed about $11,000,000 worth of in-kind products each year (for free!). Now, I am hitting the road to share it. Bless you!" Bob  . . .

Learn about Hosting a one-day workshop in your city, Click HERE.


An overview Summary Chapter of the process,
"Building Relationships With Funders"

by Robert J. Vickers, Artful Askers, Click HERE

Want to start learning everything now and attend a workshop later for FREE? Once you pay, you never pay again from now on! We will even critique your document and help sharpen it to be ready to use for no charge. Why not get started now in the comfort of your home now by ordering a DVD Series, attend the workshop of your choice FREE from now on, and get started without delay to learn this life-changing process?! 


Sept. 21 Shawnee, OK (Fri)
Host: and The Shawnee Senior Center
More info/registration options for 9-21-12, Click HERE

Sept. 22 Oklahoma City, OK (Sat)
Host: and Crossings Community Center
Learn more info/registration options for 9-
Speaking engagements and workshops for contracted groups are NOT always open/posted. Once you pay and attend or purchase/watch the DVD series, bring your materials and attend future workshops for no charge. We will also critique and help you to refine your document for no charge!

Start to learn NOW and attend the "live" workshop FREE as soon as you can! Once you pay a workshop fee or purchase the DVD Series, you never pay again from now on. You only pay for new materials. Why not order the DVD Series now and get started--then, attend the workshop as soon as you can for Free?!? To order the DVD Series, Click HERE.  


Want to help nonprofits and churches in YOUR community? Schedule and Host a workshop for your community! Click HERE FOR HOST INFO if you are interested in learning more about Hosting a one-day workshop, "Artful Askers Workshop: Building Relationships With Funders" OR send us an e-mail with your mailing address and we'll send you a packet explaining the potential Hosting opportunity.

THE Key to success in accessing resources to meet the needs in your community is following and engaging in a relationship process--with corporations, foundations, individuals, churches, state- and federal-sources, and other entities around you. Building a relationship on respect, honor, gratefulness, positive words, order, other-orientation, grace, and common interests, among other qualities--much like any other relationship.

"Building Community--Meeting Needs. . ." Through MANY different members. We are stronger when working together because we are different! It makes us stronger! Read today and get started in your community--Click HERE. 


Artful Askers DVD--ONLY $99!
In this DVD series of an actual workshop, you will learn that money is never THE problem and money is never THE solution. You must be ready to receive, record your vision, identify and steward all relationships around you, engage, follow-through/follow-up and learn to leverage your resources and relationships to build community. These steps are starting points–the MOST important thing you must do is learn to work together with others including your Board!

You will also learn quickly that you don’t know what you don’t know. BUT, by the end of the 4 sessions, you will KNOW it and will be empowered to engage!

Our MOST Popular Products and Services:
1. DVD Artful Askers Series (actual workshop). HERE
(most people can engage after watching/attending)
2. Topic-Specific Sample Grant Proposals. HERE
3. Complimentary Templates and Articles. HERE
4. A CD with 50+ Topic-Specific Samples. HERE
5. Hosting A One Day Workshop in Your City. HERE

6. 18-Hours (focused time to you/your org). HERE
7. Skill-Based Resume--get a great job yourself! HERE 

 The perish is caused by "the lack of knowledge. . ."

Ask, and it will be given.
Seek, and you will find.


Bob Vickers and Artful Askers

We have MOVED! As of January 2018, we are living in the Kansas City
metropolitan area BUT still serving. . . (but closer to kids and grandkids!).

NOW in Gardner, KS  66030

Contact Bob via e-mail (best way!):