With an increase in giving of 14+ % in 2009 and a similar number in 2008, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation was identified as one of the Top 400 Nonprofits that has consistently grown through the recession. They were noted as the institution that has grown the fastest in the Top 400 since its initial appearance about a decade ago.Kansas City is Hartsook’s international headquarters and we serve over 70 projects in KC every year. You could say we’re proud.The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation issued an announcement to its donors: “Giving going down—Not in KC.” This bold headline is an important statement not only in KC, but throughout philanthropy. A loss of a percent point or more in a particular sector or even within the group of Top 400 is not something nonprofits should take in stride.Many large, national groups are reporting the fundraising progress of their individual chapters or clubs on a local basis. Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.” By the same token, all giving is local. So if some of the significant locals don’t do well, so goes the institution.What the Greater KC Community Foundation won’t say – but I will – is that it takes talent, dedication and a plan to withstand these recessions. In the article that appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, their CEO, Laura McKnight, said appropriately, “it has to do with a Kansas City giving spirit.”While that may be true, someone has to be ready to channel and direct and lead that spirit. I am willing to bet that Laura had a plan and she worked the plan. I don’t think she just relied on the Kansas City giving spirit. I don’t know, but I suspect.The Greater KC Community Foundation’s message is one that nonprofits around the country and around the world need to hear: if you don’t work for it, it isn’t going to happen.Soon, we are issuing a fundraising alert on the KC story. We mention seven different nonprofits – higher education, health care, safety net, special needs, animal welfare and the arts – all demonstrating that in KC, giving is alive and well.One prominent fundraiser recently told me that to get a million dollar gift, he used to have to talk to three people. Now he has to talk to 10. My response was, “Then we’ll talk to 10.”Thank you for indulging me a moment to share my pride in our hometown’s recognition. My bet is that every hometown has a “giving spirit.” Who is tapping into yours?
Hartsook President and CEO Receives Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit
For over three decades, Hartsook has provided fundraising consultation tailored to meet the specific needs of BSA councils.
Hartsook President and CEO Dr. Matthew J. Beem recently received the District Award of Merit from Blue Elk District, Heart of America Council – the highest district honor awarded a Scouting volunteer.
Dr. Beem with wife, Kate Beem
Matt is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America. He has served as Chair for the Heart of America Council’s Blue Elk District and in many other council, district and unit leadership roles.
After decades of working with councils in the U.S. and overseas, Hartsook has developed unique strategies for the Boy Scouts of America that ensure continued annual fund success while building support for programmatic, expanded capital and endowment fundraising.
Our highly skilled fundraising professionals offer sound strategies based on the best experiential and quantitative philanthropic practices.
The Hartsook Team has a long tradition of supporting the Scouting program, and many of our team members have a personal connection with the organization. Go here to learn more.