Press Release – Examiner – EJC Trail Would Benefit All

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident,Hartsook Companies, Inc.New EJC trail would benefit allSaturday, November 28, 2009Independence, MO – If you’re one of my 13 readers, you know I blew the dust off my running shoes and returned to the road in January. My running renaissance has improved my physical fitness, but it’s also reminded me of my hometown’s…

Press Release – Examiner – We Give Thanks and Give

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  We give thanks and give<SATURDAY, B 2008Thursday’s leftover turkey is now a sandwich staple. Black Friday has come and gone. And though the football marathon continues, next Thanksgiving is 363 days away.Thanksgiving’s traditional definition goes something like this: Although bad things happen to us all, we have much for…

Press Release – Examiner – Spreading the Sunshine

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Spreading The Sunshine<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, November 14, 2009Independence, MO – Bryant Elementary School Principal John Pye read a book to the children, parents and teachers gathered Tuesday evening in the school gym to celebrate Citizenship Day.“Have you Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud demonstrates the importance of citizenship,…

Press Release – Examiner – Facing Challenges in Chile

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Facing challenges in Chile<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, October 24, 2009Santiago, CHILE – It’s springtime here, and fundraising is budding.I spent the week in  Chile’s capital of 7 million. I was there for Hartsook Companies’ First Annual Latin American Fundraising Roundtable. Representatives of a dozen leading Chilean nonprofits met Wednesday in the…

Press Release – Examiner – Giving for the Right Reasons

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident,Hartsook Companies, Inc.Giving for the right reasonsSaturday, October 10, 2009While racing down Truman Road last week, I heard a great recipe for giving on a local radio station. I fished a pen from my briefcase and steadied the steering wheel with my knee to scrawl it on a napkin.“Don’t give because of what…

Press Release – Examiner – Scouting

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident,Hartsook Companies, Inc.Scouting: a good place to startSaturday, September 26, 2009With the recent start of the school year, my 6-year-old Tom marked an important family passage: He became Scouting-aged. As he dons his blue Cub Scout uniform and orange Tiger Cub neckerchief each Thursday night, a Norman Rockwell painting comes to life.Earlier this…

Watch for a Bigger Pie

I have now read cover to cover the Giving USA report which was recently published.  I am so glad there is an historic estimate about what goes on in fundraising each year.  This research changed my career. When I started raising money, like most of us do in the beginning, I went to foundations and corporations.  Back…

Press Release – Examiner – Fundraisers Play Important Role Helping Community

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident,Hartsook Companies, Inc.Fundraisers play important role helping communitySaturday, June 28, 2008Which came first – philanthropy or fundraising?My clients and I volley the questions back and forth each month.Some donors are self-motivated. They support their Boy Scout troop because they believe in Scouting. They give to their PTA to enrich their children’s education. They…