Fundraising - How to add image to shortcode and two other questions

This is a terrific plugin and so close to accomplishing our requirements...I hope someone can point me in the right direction for:

I'm using shortcodes to display each abbreviated project throughout the site...a few on the home page ('Recent') and all under a menu item 'All Fundraisers'...each project detail page uses its panel in the sidebar......

1. I need to be able to categorize the projects...

2. I need to add the project thumbnail image in the shortcode for the home page ('Recent Projects' ) and 'All Fundraisers' page - I know I can include each manually on the page, but from a management point of view it makes sense to have it as part of the generator code (manually placed now until I can categorize fundraisers)...

3. I need to be able to include the project excerpt in the shortcode...

The installation is in development at a subdomain 'start'...

Thanks in advance