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Today, successful fundraising is not simply raising money. Real fundraising success means reaching your full potential. Any organization can attract support. But Hartsook clients are raising the most money.

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Your nonprofit organization can raise more money. Over $350 billion was given away last year - 3% more than the year before. Expert, committed and research-based fundraising counsel and management help Hartsook clients get their share.

Advancing fundraising for your organization is our mission - so you can advance your mission.

Hartsook has raised $181 billion for a wide variety of nonprofits - 6,000 worldwide. Contact us now to see how we can help you reach your full potential.

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Hartsook is a leader in the fundraising profession, with the only named, endowed chair in fundraising in the world - the Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at Indiana University - and Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising, a higher education opportunity for fundraisers.

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Recognition: How to Raise Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

"Let's make sure people who help the University get the recognition they deserve!" This was the philosophy behind the creation of several awards decades ago by Wichita State University: the President's Medal awarded to honorees at Wichita State University's commencement; the Fairmount Founders Award for individuals who embody the University founders' vision and values; and the WSU Trustees Award recognizing individuals who supported the institution before it was admitted into the state university system. These awards were not the result of a committee's decision; they were given under the sole discretion of the University's then-President.

Almost thirty years later, many of those award recipients - including the founders of Pizza Hut, Rent-a-Center, Beech, Boeing, Cessna and Learjet, and others, such as nationally recognized writers, corporate executives, artists and civic leaders - have continued to remember the University with gifts; and the awards have been mentioned in donors' obituaries. From those honorees, the University has been gifted hundreds of millions of dollars. Would they have given so much had they not been so well recognized? It's something to think about.

For more information on what Hartsook can do for your organization, email tammy@hartsookcompanies.com.


Oklahoma Organization to Rebuild After Devastating Tornado
Aim High Academy (Tulsa, Okla.), founded in 2007, combines flipping and faith to build bright futures in urban children and youth from the North Tulsa community. In March of this year, Aim High coaches and gymnasts sought safety in the basement of their facility as a tornado ripped through Tulsa and leveled the building. Aim High has retained Hartsook to assist with fundraising to establish a new, larger facility; support its programs; and build an endowment.


Glasgow, Kentucky: Great Futures Start Here
Boys and Girls Club Glasgow-Barren County (Glasgow, Ky.) finished a $5 million campaign campaign to establish a new home at the HERO Center. Now the Club is implementing a post-campaign Comprehensive Fund Development Plan to raise $600,000 annually in cash, pledges and estate gifts. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


Arkansas Nonprofit: Building Brighter Futures
Youth Bridge (Fayetteville, Ark.) is a non-profit agency that serves more than 3,000 youth and their families annually in the areas of abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems. The organization serves an eight-county area in northern Arkansas. Its mission is changing the lives of area youth by providing preventative services, counseling, and shelter to strengthen families and build stronger communities. Hartsook has been retained to help the organization meet its short- and long-term fundraising goals.


Missouri Hospital Advances its Commitment to Remarkable Patient Care
North Kansas City Hospital (Kansas City) has served Northland residents for more than 50 years. The hospital houses five Centers of Excellence: cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, emergency and women's health. Hartsook has been retained to help advance the hospital's fundraising goals to achieve its vision to become legendary for its commitment to remarkable patient care.


Educational Venue and Economic Driver for Bowling Green, Kentucky
Lost River Cave (Bowling Green, Ky.) serves as a place of inspiration for thousands, as well as a haven of biodiversity - preserving 70 acres of woods and wetland, meadow and prairie, river and cave. Each year more than 60,000 visitors, including more than 20,000 children, visit Lost River Cave. With help from Hartsook, the organization is undertaking a comprehensive campaign to create a Nature Center campus, amphitheater and pavilion to host new programs of personal, educational and environmental discovery.


National Fraternity Based in Oklahoma Promotes College and University Bands
Kappa Kappa Psi (Stillwater, Okla.) is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands, comprehensive education, leadership opportunities and recognition, all for the benefit of its members and society. Hartsook is assisting the organization in raising support for its National Intercollegiate Band and Commissioning Programs, recruitment and growth, and leadership development to provide support and training for its chapters around the country.


Virginia Winner: Congratulations, Maymont!
Board training session winner, the Maymont Foundation (Richmond, Va.), accepted its free board session from Hartsook Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Karin Cox. Pictured left to right: Anne Du Bois, Maymont Director of Advancement and Development; Hartsook's Karin Cox; and Norman O. Burns II, Maymont Executive Director.


Hartsook: Fundraising's Finest
Hartsook - an undisputed leader in the fundraising profession - was founded on a goal of increasing philanthropy by elevating the fundraising field. Hartsook team members represent the very finest in the fundraising field.  Many have been recognized by their peers as best and brightest in their field. Go here to view their many achievements in advancing philanthropy.


Masters in Fundraising Management Online
In partnership with the Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising, Avila University (Kansas City) is home to the first-in-the-nation online Master's in Fundraising Management. Nonprofit fundraising requires specialized knowledge and skills that you just won't get from a general non-profit management degree program. Research–based classes created by internationally renowned Dr. Adrian Sargeant, with the support and experience of Hartsook, focus on the science and business of fundraising. Gain the knowledge you need to change the world through fundraising. A tuition grant of up to 33 percent is available for Hartsook clients. All courses are available online and classes start every eight weeks. Contact Avila University at advantage@avila.edu to learn more.


Hartsook Serves Nonprofits From Every Sector and Around the World
Whether a nonprofit is undergoing a multi-million dollar campaign or needs help growing its giving potential, Hartsook is committed to its clients' fundraising success. Hartsook clients represent a diverse group of nonprofits from a wide variety of sectors: education, healthcare, performing arts, social services, religious organizations, policy think tanks, assisted living, and many others. You can view a list of recent Hartsook clients here.


Hartsook's Growing Philanthropy Tour
Hartsook speakers are members of the Hartsook team of professional fundraising consultants who have, in their collective careers, raised more than $181 billion in their 300-plus years of experience. Click here to see upcoming Growing Philanthropy Tour presentations. To view a sample of past presentations, click here. To schedule a Hartsook consultant to speak at your conference or organization, email Tammy at tammy@hartsookcompanies.com.


Looking for a Rewarding Career?
Hartsook Companies, Inc. expects to attract at least one hundred new fundraising managers over the next 36 months. Onsite fundraising managers will be deployed to projects throughout the United States and eventually in Europe, Australia, Canada, Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Hartsook is beginning the process of attracting those interested in joining the world's largest fundraising consulting practice. Placements will support fundraising for visual and performing arts, education, youth development, safety net, healthcare and international engagement organizations. If you are interested in learning more, contact Danny Kohrs, Vice President of Operations at dkohrs@hartsookcompanies.com.

If you'd like a free subscription to eHartsook on Philanthropy - or its companion publication, the free, bi-weekly Strategies for Success, contact Tammy Weinman, tammy@hartsookcompanies.com or 866.630.8500 ext. 8225.


Hartsook - an undisputed leader in the fundraising profession - was founded on a goal of increasing philanthropy by elevating the fundraising field. Hartsook team members represent the very finest in the fundraising field. Many have been recognized by their peers as best and brightest in their field.


Go here to view their many achievements in advancing philanthropy.