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Robert Hartsook, JD, EdD, DBA
Founder and Chairman Emeritus

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 Announces Its New President

Hartsook is pleased to announce the promotion of Karin Cox to the position of President. Karin has served as Senior Executive Vice President since 2008.

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Karin Cox, MFA
President and Co-Founder, Hartsook

“Karin’s well-deserved and timely promotion to President and Co-Founder recognizes her vital role in Hartsook’s creation, its present and its future,” said Hartsook Chairman and CEO Dr. Matthew J. Beem. “Because she is based in North Carolina, Karin is particularly accessible to our East Coast clients, in addition to her clients located around the country.”

Karin Cox and Bob Hartsook opened Hartsook’s doors in 1987. Since then, the organization has been active in helping nonprofits harness the Power of Philanthropy™.

Karin has served in senior leadership roles in nonprofit and business sectors, and is an author, frequent presenter and senior consultant. As Hartsook’s President and Co-Founder, she will continue to provide exceptional counsel to her clients, but also will lead Hartsook’s business development activities and growth as she simultaneously sustains the firm’s proven, reliable processes and introduces new, impactful strategies.