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Robert Hartsook, JD, EdD, DBA
Founder and Chairman

Bob Hartsook is one of most well-known fundraisers in the country today. He was recognized with the naming of the first academic Chair in Fundraising in the world: The Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He established Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising, a multi-campus network of institutes dedicated to a knowledge, research, and competency-based curriculum designed to improve the quality of fundraising professionals.

Emporia State University honored Bob with their Distinguished Alumni Award; he was selected for the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy “Spirit of Philanthropy” Award; and he received an honorary doctorate of business from Plymouth University, United Kingdom. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, a law degree and a Doctorate in Education. Bob is the author of numerous publications including his newest book, $231 Billion Raised and Counting, which he co-authored with Matthew J. Beem and Karin Cox.

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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.