Press Release – Examiner – This year we were thankful that we ate

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.This year we were thankful that we ateSaturday, November 26, 2011Independence, MO – Watch out, Martha Stewart: Betty Snapp’s in the house.That phrase kept running through my mind Thursday evening as we drove to Kate’s family’s farm in Brookfield, Mo., after spending the day at my parents’ Independence Thanksgiving…

Paterno Fundraising Challenge

Obviously, the focus of this controversy should be on the victims of child abuse.  We have had many clients who work in this field so we have an up-close view of the short and long-term implications of this horrific crime.  It looks like the police and the legal system will now do their jobs.  A…

Press Release – Examiner – There comes a time to run

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.There comes a time to runSaturday, November 12, 2011Independence, MO – Thanks to a gift from Paul Liebhart, Kate and I enjoyed a spectacular 10-mile run last month in Milwaukee.We were in the Cream City to celebrate Paul’s 50th birthday. His wife, with whom Kate grew up, had planned…

What You Don’t Know You Need

As you start reading this blog, understand that I know I am no Steve Jobs.  Ask anyone — I was wearing those black mock turtle necks before he was.But his story gives me an opportunity to raise a point.Okay now that I have your attention, I want to talk about thinking.I hear you: Oh, no, Bob…

Christmas is Coming Early

Ever get something you didn’t expect?Better, yet, ever give something you never expected to give?That is exactly what I will do next Monday.Wichitan Roger Lowe will receive the Hartsook Institutes Growing Philanthropy Award for Model Nonprofit CFO.  Roger is the Senior Vice President of Wichita State University.Some of you know that periodically, Hartsook Institutes honors…

Press Release – Examiner – Our Zoo Deserves Support

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Our zoo deserves supportSaturday, October 24, 2011Independence, MO – There are a handful of nonprofit organizations in every community that epitomize excellence.Here, the Kansas City Zoo tops the list.Few organizations ever experience the transformation our zoo has since its current leader, Randy Wisthoff, took the helm. Things at the…

You Can Write, Kid!

“You can write, kid,” was the note at the bottom of a first year English student over 50 years ago.  This note ignited a flame that started a distinguished writing and journalistic career of a new friend of mine, Don Reichardt from Roswell, Ga.  Don was honored along with my longtime, good friend Ron Loewen…