Read that headline again: Gene Tempel—long time Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy, currently Indiana University Foundation President—has returned to his favorite assignment. But this time he is there to organize what so many of us have dreamed of for so long: a School of Philanthropy.Congratulations to Gene.The Growing Philanthropy Award for Founding the Growing Philanthropy Movement was given to Gene at the initial Growing Philanthropy Summit co-hosted by Blackbaud and Hartsook more than a year ago in Washington, DC. Gene was the moderator. As he has done for his entire career, as moderator of that event, he brought people together and unified ideas toward a common goal.Now, he has a chance to put an “!” on his already illustrious career.Hartsook has had a long, great relationship with Gene and has been a steadfast admirer of his leadership. Our mentor and Chair Emeritus, Art Frantzreb, was a founder of the Center and a pioneer in philanthropy. Hartsook is the major funder of the Fundraising Lectureship in his name at IU. Art started the first published list of million dollar gifts. After his firm was acquired by Hartsook, I agreed with him to give that List to the Center; it’s now an important asset of the new School.A few years ago, when Gene was recruiting Adrian Sargeant to IU’s Center of Philanthropy he asked me to endow the first Chair in Fundraising, which is now history. Of course, I did.At one time Hartsook was the largest individual donor to the Center. Maybe—since Gene has returned—we will be again.Gene has a lot to do, building a School on the foundation he created for the Center. We are all eager to hear his plans and directions. He’ll have good answers. But what Gene does best is ask the right questions. I’ve learned this over time, but this talent comes naturally him.Well, as a colleague of mine said, “It’s about freakin’ time.” I couldn’t have said it better.
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.