Where’s the Love?

You would think that in this period of economic difficulty now would be a time of extraordinary gratitude.  After all, while donors are making difficult decisions about what they support, nonprofits are undergoing unprecedented challenges.  To my surprise (and it’s hard to surprise me), I have been particularly struck by an attitude of ingratitude recently. …

Press Release – Examiner – Its About More Than Cookies

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  It’s about more than cookies<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, January 31, 2009Have you ever tried to keep a New Year’s resolution to get in shape while the garage is full of Girl Scout cookies?Welcome to my world. First, some essential facts about me: Like most athletic kids-turned-adult, I skated through my…

Press Release – Examiner – Its about the work

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  It’s about the work, not glory<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, July 25, 2009Glenwood Park United Methodist Church in northwest Independence knows a thing or two about philanthropy.First the disclaimers: My sister-in-law, the Rev. Sarah Schofield Wimberley, is the church’s pastor. And my wife, Kate, suggested the church’s neighborhood feeding and enrichment…

I’ve Never Met Everybody

We all have something that people say that annoys us.  Most of the time it is personal, like certain words or phrases that may come from our parents or the culture of our youth.  Our economic crisis has evoked a word that I find very annoying.  Beyond annoying, the word is misleading.The culprit?  “EVERYBODY.”  Ever meet…

Are Million Dollar Gifts Really Decreasing?

Our instincts would tell us that million dollar gifts surely can’t be given as frequently as they were before the market and economy setbacks.  But responsible research isn’t based on instincts.  Patrick Rooney, who heads the The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University—an organization to which I have endowed a chair, serve on the Board,…

Press Release – Examiner – Boy Scouts Looking a Generation Ahead

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Boy Scouts looking a generation ahead<SATURDAY, May 03, 2008Saturday, May 23, 2009ORLANDO – If I’d known how proud I’d feel to be an Eagle Scout, I’d have packed my uniform and Mic-O-Say claws.More than 1,400 Boy Scout professionals descended this week on the Marriott Grande Lakes Convention Center here.…

Press Release – Examiner – Mother Taught Life’s Lessons

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Mother taught life’s lessonsSaturday, May 9, 2009I’ve been thinking lately about the people and places that formed me. Sort of serious stuff, I know, but the kind of thing that increasingly runs through your mind as your years increase.I’ve reflected on my form and function and arrived at a…