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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. Almost $300 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.

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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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August 2014

Boy Scouts of America and Hartsook Establish an Exclusive Fundraising Partnership
Speaking at Boy Scouts of America's 2014 national meeting in Nashville, Gary Butler, Deputy Chief Scout Executive/Chief Operating Office, Boy Scouts of America, said, "Clearly, a way to create financial stability and growth for our local councils is to improve their fundraising operations. We have chosen to partner exclusively with Hartsook to provide local BSA councils with proven fundraising expertise, so they can focus on Scouting." Over 40 councils in 18 states have reached out to Hartsook to take advantage of this new BSA/Hartsook initiative. Together, Hartsook and BSA councils have raised more than one hundred million dollars over the years. "Hartsook has been important to more than 20 BSA councils just in the past few years, supporting campaigns and upgrading fundraising programs," reported Hartsook President and CEO Matt Beem, who leads the team dedicated to serving Boy Scouts of America. To learn more about this exclusive partnership between Hartsook and Boy Scouts of America, contact tammy@hartsookcompanies.com.


Hartsook Institute Inspired Fundraising Summit Assembles Over 500
The largest fundraising convocation in the Midwest featured Professor Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D., Visiting Hartsook Professor for the Hartsook Institute at Avila University and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University, U.K. The Greater Kansas City AFP MidAmerica and the local coalition NonProfit Connect were co-sponsors with Hartsook, Avila University, Avila's Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising Management and Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising Worldwide...



Clients Outsource Their Fundraising Functions to Hartsook
For over a decade, Hartsook has placed team members on site to manage day-to-day fundraising operations for its clients. Currently, more than a dozen nonprofits use Hartsook to oversee the regular and routine fundraising functions for a wide variety of nonprofits. "For a reasonable cost, Hartsook can place highly qualified men and women on location to ensure organizations’ fundraising operations are handled in an efficient and timely manner," said Karin Cox, Hartsook Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. Outsourcing has proven beneficial for clients in numerous sectors, including education, historic preservation, healthcare, medical research, social services, youth development, and numerous others worldwide.



Boy Scouts of America, Hartsook Partner for Local Councils
"Hartsook is no stranger to Scouting," reflected Gary Butler, Deputy Chief Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America. "I look forward to the positive impact our partnership will have with local councils." The opportunity to outsource their fundraising function to Hartsook has attracted interest from councils from around the country, including New York, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, Washington, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, South Dakota, West Virginia, Virginia, Connecticut, Nebraska, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, Florida and Arkansas - as they explore how to improve their fundraising plans. President and CEO of Hartsook Matt Beem, who will oversee the partnership, is an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and served as the Chairman of the Blue Elk District for the Heart of America Council...


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Avila University/Hartsook Institute Announces First Masters Online
Ronald A. Slepitza, Avila University President said, "Our nationally recognized Hartsook Masters will be available worldwide in 2015." The announcement came at the Avila/Hartsook Inspired Fundraising Summit. Since its accreditation over four years ago, 102 students have taken the school’s fundraising courses and ten students have graduated with accredited fundraising certificates and master's degrees. Click here to apply or to request more information...



Iconic Philanthropists Awarded Growing Philanthropy Award
"You need to take this program nationwide," said Henry Bloch in accepting his Growing Philanthropy Award for Community Engagement. He, along with Bill Dunn, Chair Emeritus of Dunn Construction - the seventh largest construction company in the world - and Jeanne Olofson, President and Founder of the Tom W and Jeanne H Olofson Foundation were previously honored at Avila University and recently spoke at Avila regarding their notable philanthropy. These three also join other inductees to the Growing Philanthropy Award Hall of Fame...



Kansas City NonProfit Connect Selects Hartsook Institute
NonProfit Connect of Kansas City has developed a CEO educational program for a select group of 15 area nonprofit CEOs. They have selected Avila's Hartsook Institute for Fundraising Management as the instructor for their session on fundraising: Hartsook Executive Vice President Karen Haren, long-time CEO of Harvesters: The Community Food Network, and Hartsook Executive Vice President Terry Snapp, former Vice President for University Development at Park University and Executive Director of the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation. The program will focus on how CEOs manage a fundraising staff and how this impacts the success of a fundraising program.


Bob Hartsook Receives Avila's First Presidential Medal for Philanthropy
"How you recognize donors tells other donors how you will recognize them." This is a motto Bob Hartsook has shared with many nonprofits over the years and at the 2014 Inspired Fundraising Summit, Avila President Ron Slepitza used this quote to open his remarks honoring Bob. Said Slepitza, "We have listened, Bob, and now it is time to recognize you as a mentor, friend and the founder of Hartsook and the Hartsook Institutes." With this, along with a standing ovation from the 500 in attendance, Bob Hartsook was surprised and honored with the first-ever Avila Presidential Medal for Philanthropy.


Thanks to the 112 Nonprofits Ready to Raise Money
From 92 communities, 47 states, four countries and three continents, nonprofits have indicated they expect to join Hartsook by the end of 2014 or early 2015. Hartsook continues to be one of America's largest and fastest growing nonprofit consulting firms. These organizations represent many sectors including social services, youth development, healthcare, education, animal welfare, arts, international relief, public policy groups, museums, public broadcasting, and others. If you are interested in learning more about Hartsook, contact Danny Kohrs, Vice President of Operations at dkohrs@hartsookcompanies.com.


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 $4 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. Watch for the official recruitment announcement by Hartsook. 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.





Professor Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D., Visiting Hartsook Professor for the Hartsook Institute at Avila University and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the U.K. will be speaking at the 2014 Inspired Fundraising Summit.


Adrian was the first Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Be inspired by one of the world’s leading authorities on achieving growth in philanthropy.

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