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"Nobody is giving money away. But every day, millions of dollars are given away to change lives."

- Bob Hartsook,
  Chairman

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Who We Are


Hartsook is dedicated to providing creative fundraising strategies to nonprofit organizations to grow philanthropy while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and ethical practices.

We Believe...

  • Every organization has a right to test its dream.
  • Nobody wants to give money away...but everyone wants to make a difference.
  • There is enormous wealth in our country today that awaits a spark of passion to turn into generous investment.
  • In the goodness of people and the power of communities to elevate and inspire.
  • In the magic of genuine appreciation and communication.
  • In a plan well crafted and counsel well focused.
  • In the highest standards of excellence, professionalism and ethical practices.
  • Our clients' success defines our success.

Our Timeline

1987-1996

  • Hartsook begins on April 1, 1987
  • Bob Hartsook receives contractual option from Wichita State University to provide counsel to non-Wichita nonprofits; Topeka Performing Arts Center is first client, followed by the Capper Foundation, and The Villages Home for Children
  • Bob Hartsook resigns from Wichita State University after completing one of only thirty $100-million campaigns in America
  • Bob Hartsook and Karin Cox establish Robert F. Hartsook & Associates, acquiring three new clients on the first day and receiving an offer to buy our company from the Community Service Bureau of Dallas
  • Company establishes Tulsa market with Tulsa Girl Scouts; over 40 Tulsa nonprofits have been Hartsook clients
  • Establishes offices in East Wichita
  • Publishes first article in Fundraising Management Magazine
  • Establishes office at the Brittany Center, Wichita
  • First Kansas City client: Kansas City Art Institute, followed by The Salvation Army and the Marillac Center for Children in Topeka

1997-2006

  • Closing That Gift! How to Be Successful 99% of the Time released by Bob Hartsook
  • Acquires Franztreb Company, Washington, D.C.
  • Arthur Franztreb named Chair Emeritus of Hartsook
  • The Hartsook/Franztreb Million Dollar gift given to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Creates a national, remote-site firm with consultants throughout the country
  • Robert F. Hartsook & Associates name changed to Hartsook Companies, Inc.
  • Million Dollar Gifts released by Bob Hartsook
  • Acquires Baxter, Farr, Thomas & Weinstein, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, & Boston
  • Getting Your Ducks in a Row released by Bob Hartsook
  • Acquires The Beem Company, Kansas City
  • Establishes ESOP, making Hartsook an employee-owned company
  • Nobody Wants to Give Money Away released by Bob Hartsook
  • Acquires Tusen Tak Consulting, Minneapolis/St Paul firm
  • Establishes Hartsook Chair for Fundraising at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, with Adrian Sargeant as its first Chair
  • Bob Hartsook is featured philanthropist, The Wall Street Journal
  • Bob Hartsook joins Board of Visitors of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Bob Hartsook named Distinguished Alum, Emporia State University
  • Acquires VJH Consulting, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Begins work in Central America (El Salvador)
  • On the Money released by Bob Hartsook
  • Matt Beem named to 40 Under 40 in Kansas City
  • Reality Fundraising released by Bob Hartsook
  • Begins work in Europe (Lithuania)
  • Final 50 percent of Hartsook acquired by Hartsook ESOP

2007-2016

  • Client report of 200 client projects in 27 states, Washington, D.C., Europe, and Central America
  • Expands work in Europe (29 countries)
  • Karin Cox returns to Hartsook
  • Matt Beem named COO/President
  • Ron Loewen named Vice Chair
  • Expands work in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras)
  • Establishes Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising
  • Hartsook headquarters moves to Kansas City
  • Begins work in Mexico
  • Bob Hartsook receives Indiana University Spirit of Philanthropy Award
  • Hartsook Chair, Adrian Sargeant, named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 List
  • Begins work in South America (Chile)
  • eHartsook on Philanthropy begins
  • Bob Hartsook named one of Avila University's 100 Most Important People in Its Centennial History
  • Begins work in Australia
  • Begins work in Canada
  • Performance-Driven Fundraising by Matt Beem released
  • First National Growing Philanthropy Conference, Kansas City with 1000 in attendance
  • First Growing Philanthropy Awards given: GPA for Tenacity and Persistence, Mr. Gerald Franklin, National Exchange Club Foundation, Toledo; GPA for Recurring Fundraising, Mr. Carsten Walter, Director and Ms. Christie Fogarty, Manager, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC; GPA for Innovative Fundraising, Ms. Karen Haren, Executive Director, Harvesters-The Community Food Network, Kansas City; GPA for High Level Giving, Mr. Murray Blackwelder, President, UMKC Foundation, Kansas City; GPA for Research in Fundraising, Adrian Sargeant, PhD, Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising, Indiana University; and GPA for Institutional Giving, The Kresge Foundation
  • Creates Associate Consultant positions to engage existing fundraisers across the country with eight new positions in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas
  • Bob Hartsook receives Kansas City Philanthropist Award
  • Matt Beem named CEO/President of Hartsook Companies, Inc.
  • Acquires Potter Consulting
  • Avila University Million Dollar Donor
  • Establishes Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising Management at Avila University
  • Establishes first Hartsook Days of Service for Small Nonprofits at Avila; program extends to Baltimore; Greensboro, N.C.; Joplin, Mo.; Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Orlando; Nashville; Phoenix; Tulsa; Washington, D.C.; and Wichita, Kan.
  • Announces 57 employees and 454 client projects
  • Avila University/Hartsook Institute Masters in Fundraising Management degree receives national accreditation
  • Begins eHartsook on Scouting
  • Begins first Hartsook Institute for Fundraising Management classes at Avila University
  • Bob Hartsook receives award from The Heritage Foundation
  • Fundraising Leadership: The Essential Guide for Nonprofit Board Members Who Want to Make a Lasting Difference released by Karin Cox
  • Launches Avila University/Hartsook Institute's first Inspired Fundraising Summit attracting over 500 participants in Kansas City
  • Bob Hartsook receives Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Key Award
  • Release of Hartsook Visiting Professor Adrian Sargeant's book Fundraising Principles and Practice with Major Gifts chapter by Bob Hartsook, Planned Giving chapter by Matt Beem, and Events chapter by Karin Cox
  • Bob Hartsook receives the Avila University's Philanthropy Award
  • Offers only online Masters of Fundraising Management degree from Avila University/Hartsook Institute; 77 students enrolled and 20 graduated from the Master's program
  • Avila University/Hartsook Institute serves as educational sponsor of The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 List
  • Performance-Driven Fundraising by Matt Beem in its second printing
  • The Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Plymouth University in the United Kingdom with Adrian Sargeant, Director and Jen Shang, Director of Research
  • 6000 nonprofit client projects and over $231 billion raised supporting 20,000 buildings constructed or renovated worldwide; $18.6 billion raised supporting 1000 clients and 6000 buildings constructed or renovated in Hartsook Companies, Inc.'s hometown of Kansas City
  • Hartsook provides regular column for The NonProfit Times
  • Bob Hartsook receives Indiana University Foundation Laurel Award
  • Avila University/Hartsook Institute signs three-year agreement as educational sponsor for The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 List
  • Celebrates 30th anniversary of the founding of Hartsook
 

A Post-Election
Message from
Our Founder

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"There is no security,
there is only opportunity."

Because I know many around us are engaged in the election, and there is going to be a reaction about change, I want you to know you are in good hands. Your mission was important before, and it is important now. Through the years, Hartsook has defied the naysayers time and time again. Read more.

Year after year, Hartsook fights the headwinds of the fundraising and nonprofit commentators who forecast doom and gloom... and wins.

Now is the opportunity to exceed goals! To discover what Hartsook can do for your organization email us.


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