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Kristy Burns
Vice President

As a key visionary at Geneva Hills (Lancaster, Ohio), Kristy Burns instituted their successful major gifts campaign and comprehensive fundraising program. Under Kristy’s leadership, the organization raised considerable philanthropic dollars through direct response, strategic special events and major gift efforts. She founded two nonprofit organizations and built nonprofit organizations “from the ground up,” including board development and strategic planning.

Kristy’s expertise is with new and emerging organizations and first-time campaigns. Prior to joining the Hartsook team, Kristy created philanthropic awareness for clients through targeted messaging for historic preservation, health and wellness and political causes. She was also a special education teacher on a Lakota Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota. She has a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology from Valparaiso and a Master’s in Fundraising Management from Avila University.

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The Most Influential ‘Living Person’ in Philanthropy

Robert F. Hartsook Receives Honorary Doctorate of Business
Plymouth University, United Kingdom

Bob Hartsook was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by Plymouth University in Plymouth, England. The University described Bob as: “arguably the most influential living person improving the philanthropic donor experience.” Such global affirmation appropriately recognizes Bob and uniquely distinguishes Hartsook as the world’s fundraising counsel.”

Plymouth University honors individuals who have achieved great distinction in their professional lives and who have made contributions to society at large. In recognizing Bob Hartsook’s impressive achievements, the University has highlighted his service to the field of philanthropy, his promotion of academic study and research and his personal commitment to growing philanthropy around the world. Go here to learn more and view videos from this event.

Pictured: Karin Cox, Hartsook Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer; Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Experience; Bob Hartsook; Adrian Sargeant, Professor of Fundraising at Plymouth University and the Director of the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy; Jen Shang, Philanthropic Psychologist and Director of Research at the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy; Matthew J. Beem, Hartsook President and CEO.


Enroll Now for an Online Master’s in Fundraising Management!

In partnership with the Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising, Avila University (Kansas City) is home to the first-in-the-nation online Master’s in Fundraising Management.

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Nonprofit fundraising requires specialized knowledge and skills that you just won’t get from a general non-profit management degree program. Research–based classes created by internationally-renowned Dr. Adrian Sargeant, with the support and experience of Hartsook, focus on the science and business of fundraising. Gain the knowledge you need to change the world through fundraising. A tuition grant of up to 33 percent is available for Hartsook clients. All courses are available online and classes start every eight weeks. Contact Avila University at advantage@avila.edu to learn more.

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