Kristy Burns
Vice President

Prior to joining Hartsook, Kristy co-founded Burns & Associates, a consulting company specializing in nonprofit structure, operations and startups. Under Kristy’s direction, clients through strategic development and leadership instituted several successful major gifts campaigns and comprehensive fundraising programs, raising considerable philanthropic dollars through direct response, strategic special events and major gift efforts. She founded two nonprofit organizations and has built nonprofit organizations from the ground up, including board development and strategic planning. Kristy has worked with clients in several areas including environmental, education, arts, historic preservation, health and wellness and political causes.

Since joining Hartsook Kristy continues to raise considerable dollars for clients through philanthropic awareness, targeting messaging, and working carefully and creatively with client’s unique needs. Kristy was a special education teacher on a Lakota Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Valparaiso University and a Master’s in Nonprofit and Philanthropy with a concentration in Fundraising Management.

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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.