Bob’s Blog

Dean Gene, Can You See the Standing Ovation?

The opportunity to bring the philanthropic, nonprofit and fundraising fields together again has a much-desired new leader—one who was with us before.  It is with great enthusiasm that I offer heartfelt congratulations to IU President Michael McRobbie (a fellow...

Getting on the Donor’s Side

It is second nature to Hartsook clients and followers:  the donor's challenges are our challenges. I met Martin Eby more than 30 years ago.  He was a very successful contractor in Wichita, succeeding his father in the company that exists today.  I would see Martin...

Gratitude Report: That Sounds Just Right

One of my new friends is Rozenne Prather, Director of Communications for Truman Medical Center Foundation. Rozenne joined the Foundation after many years as CEO of Catholic Charities Foundation in Kansas City.She proudly presented me with their "Gratitude Report" to...

It is a Calling

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how lucky I am and how fortunate our clients are.I suppose I’ve earned a reputation for always thinking about fundraising and growing philanthropy.  The truth is, that’s probably the truth.  Most people wouldn’t be proud of...

Recognition Is Still Important

I have had trouble writing this blog.  For a number of reasons, the Paterno/Sandusky/Penn State/and you could add several other past leaders of Penn State debacle has been of interest to me.In my fundraising practice, I have served many domestic violence and child...

12 Attributes of Great Nonprofit Leaders

Frequently, I get calls about what makes a good executive director of a nonprofit.  My friend, Bill Moran, an experienced nonprofit management search executive, authored this excellent check list. Check it out here.

4 in 10 Charities Claim No Fundraising Costs on Tax Forms

The Chronicle on Philanthropy noted this week how many nonprofits with budgets of a million or more claim no fundraising costs. This is an issue that Hartsook Chair Adrian Sargeant has ranted about for nearly a decade. Thanks to Guidestar for routing it out.I have not...

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.