eHartsook on Scouting
Matt Beem, Hartsook President and CEO

March 2017

Growing Philanthropy with the Boy Scouts of America

Hartsook Companies, Inc. has a decades-long tradition of helping grow philanthropy for Boy Scouts of America (BSA) - with over $163 million raised for BSA councils. Hartsook provides local councils with professional fundraising management and expertise. The Hartsook team helps improve councils' major gift prospect identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation; grant research and proposal writing; campaign assessments; estate giving; annual fund planning and implementation; leadership development and more.

To learn how Hartsook can assist your local council email [email protected]
or call us at (866) 630-8500.


A Scout is Reverent

Reverent: Showing deep and solemn respect. To treat with high regard and veneration.

Scouts know how to have fun; they know how to enjoy the beauty of the world around them, and they also recognize there are times when sober reflection, solemnity and respect are most appropriate. Showing deep and solemn respect is a timeless characteristic of Scouting.


Time to Get on the Schedule for Central Region Top Hands

Make your appointment today to meet with a member of the Hartsook team at the 2017 Central Region All Hands Conference in French Lick, Ind., April 5-7 and be entered to win a Free Board Training. Stop by and enter to win a Fitbit Blaze and the complete ASR Media Library ($250 value). To schedule your appointment, mail [email protected].


See You at the National Annual Meeting in Orlando!

Schedule an appointment now for a one-on-one fundraising meeting with Hartsook Senior Vice President Ross Pfannenstiel at the 2017 National Annual Meeting, May 24-26 and be entered to win a Free Board Training for your local council. Stop by our booth and enter to win a Fitbit Blaze and the complete ASR Media Library ($250 value).


Serving BSA Councils from Coast to Coast and Around the World

Hartsook has assisted Boy Scouts of America councils from coast to coast and in Europe, including the following councils:

BSA Blackhawk Area Council
Rockford, Ill.

BSA Boston Minuteman Council
Milton, Mass.

BSA Cradle of Liberty Council
Wayne, Pa.

BSA Crater Lake Council
Central Point, Ore.**

BSA Dan Beard Council
Cincinnati, Ohio

BSA Grand Canyon Council

BSA Grand Teton Council
Idaho Falls, Idaho*

BSA Greenwich Council
Greenwich, Conn.**

BSA Heart of America Council
Kansas City***

BSA Hudson Valley Council
Salisbury Mills, N.Y.**

BSA Mississippi Valley Council
Quincy, Ill.

BSA National Capital Area Council
Bethesda, Md.

BSA National Council
Irving, Texas**

BSA Northern New Jersey Council
Oakland, N.J.

BSA PeeDee Area Council
Florence, S.C.

BSA Pine Burr Area Council
Hattiesburg, Miss.

BSA Quivira Council
Wichita, Kan.**

BSA Susquehanna Council
Williamsport, Pa.

BSA Texas Southwest Council
San Angelo, Texas

BSA Trails West Council
Belleville, Ill.**

BSA Transatlantic Council

BSA Westark Area Council
Fort Smith, Ark.**

BSA Westchester-Putnam Council
Hawthorne, N.Y.

BSA Western Los Angeles Council
Van Nuys, Calif.

*Each asterisk represents an additional council engagement


Ask Hartsook!

Do you have a tough fundraising question?
Send your questions to [email protected] and we will respond by email. Your question may be featured in a future eHartsook on Scouting.

QUESTION:We're new to major gift fundraising and it sounds a little intimidating. Any tips?

Major gift fundraising comes with a cost of time, effort and a learning curve, but the investment is well worth the effort. Since we know it takes money to raise money, it is important to invest the money wisely. Major gift donors expect more from nonprofits than a form letter or signature event. Once you identify good prospects, connect them personally with the organization. Find ways to show you care about the donor's support without asking for anything in return. Take time to ask prospective donors open-ended questions: "How did you first get involved with the organization? What drew you to us?" Then, follow that thread of discussion to a natural and specific ask.

- Kristy Burns, Vice President (Columbus, Ohio) [email protected]


Book Deal of the Month

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Get to Know the Hartsook Team

Hartsook President and CEO Matt Beem PhD(c) is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America. He has served as Chair for the Heart of America Council's Blue Elk District and in many other council, district and unit leadership roles.

Matt serves on the advisory board for the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in Plymouth, United Kingdom. He is a senior fellow of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and was on the board of trustees at Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, where he served as the Advancement Committee Chair from 2010-2014. He is a featured speaker throughout the United States and abroad and author of Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success.

Matt holds a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, a master of public administration in nonprofit management from UMKC's Bloch School and is a doctoral candidate at UMKC.


Strategies for Success: "Why Do I Hear from You Only When You Want Money?"

The average donor supports four or more organizations in a big way. To ensure your organization stays near the top of the list, consider how you can communicate with donors outside of the ask. Go here to read more from Senior Vice President Janell Johnson.


Hartsook's Growing Philanthropy Tour

Hartsook speakers are members of the Hartsook team of professional fundraising consultants who have, in their collective careers, raised more than $231 billion in their 300-plus years of experience. To view upcoming Growing Philanthropy Tour presentations. To view a sample of past presentations. To schedule a Hartsook consultant to speak at your conference or organization, email Tammy at [email protected].

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