Jimmie Alford Dies Suddenly

Our profession has lost one of the leaders of our generation,” said Robert Hartsook, chairman of Hartsook Companies in Kansas City, Mo. He called Alford “a great spirit of professional fundraising who set his mark not only through his personal example, but his philanthropy. In business, he was a great competitor and a good person,”…

Press Release – Examiner – Those who give much receive much

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Those who give much receive muchSaturday, November 24, 2012Independence, MO – By the time you read these words, Thanksgiving will have come and gone.If your house is anything like mine, all that remains from the annual feast are the turkey leftovers in the refrigerator and the bulging trash bags…

Press Release – Examiner – Giving Helps the Scouts

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Giving Helps the ScoutsSaturday, August 25, 2012PHOENIX, AZ – The Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising honored one of the best fundraisers of the modern era here Thursday.Bob Mazzuca, who retired Friday as chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America, received the Hartsook Institutes Growing Philanthropy Award for Transformational Fundraising…

Dean Gene, Can You See the Standing Ovation?

The opportunity to bring the philanthropic, nonprofit and fundraising fields together again has a much-desired new leader—one who was with us before.  It is with great enthusiasm that I offer heartfelt congratulations to IU President Michael McRobbie (a fellow Australian) and my good friend Chancellor Charles Bantz who selected Gene Tempel to provide essential leadership,…

Getting on the Donor’s Side

It is second nature to Hartsook clients and followers:  the donor’s challenges are our challenges. I met Martin Eby more than 30 years ago.  He was a very successful contractor in Wichita, succeeding his father in the company that exists today.  I would see Martin periodically as we were building the Hartsook Companies in Wichita. …

Gratitude Report: That Sounds Just Right

One of my new friends is Rozenne Prather, Director of Communications for Truman Medical Center Foundation. Rozenne joined the Foundation after many years as CEO of Catholic Charities Foundation in Kansas City.She proudly presented me with their “Gratitude Report” to review. You know I love words and am always taken by a better way of…

Press Release – Examiner – Just a piece of plastic

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Just a piece of plastic, but it changed our familySaturday, August 11, 2012Independence, MO – I never dreamt how much things would change after Joe got his driver’s license on July 17.For years, Kate and I spent evenings and weekends shuttling our tribe to Scouts, sports, music and church.…