H. Layton (Bud) Cooper, DMin
Executive Vice President

  • 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Mid-America Chapter AFP
  • 2004 Hartsook Companies Outstanding Fundraising Consultant

Bud has assisted a variety of organizations in their fundraising efforts. Prior to joining Hartsook, he was the Executive Director of Development for the Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri. He was 2004 Hartsook Outstanding Fundraising Consultant; 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by AFP Mid-America Chapter, and was named the 2013 Cardinal Citation Award recipient for lifetime achievement by Labette Community College and the LCC Alumni Association.

He holds a Doctorate from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, a liberal arts degree from Labette Community College and a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University.

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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.