Philanthropy Success

Karin L. Cox, MFA – Editor April 2018

Celebrating Our 32nd Year of Growing Philanthropy for Thousands of Clients Around the World

Hartsook began in April over thirty years ago. Statistically, most new businesses close within the first year of operation. Of those that make it through year one, fifty percent fail before their ten-year anniversary. Only one percent last for thirty years. In contrast, Kinetic not only has survived, but thrived. We have navigated national and global economic cycles and come through even stronger; and we have presided over a seamless transition of leadership that positions us for success for decades to come. Today, Kinetic is one of the country’s iconic nonprofit fundraising leaders and among the most accomplished in the world. As pleased as we are with our many achievements, our proudest moments come from seeing our clients meet and exceed their fundraising goals. Here’s to another year of celebrating Hartsook and growing philanthropy!

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Wichita, Kansas Coalition Seeks Hartsook’s Professional Counsel

Working Families United (Wichita, Kan.) is a coalition of labor unions, including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, UNITE HERE, the Ironworkers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), seeking immigrant worker justice. Together, they represent two million workers. Kinetic will be providing foundation research and grant writing services for the organization.


Hartsook Featured at National School Foundation Association Conference in Nashville

Kinetic Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Karin Cox and Vice President Kristy Burns attended the National School Foundation Association’s 2018 National Conference where Karin was a session presenter, along with Dawn Meyer, Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation. Kinetic was a sponsor of NSFA’s Equity and Access to Opportunity conference held last month in Nashville, Tenn.


Largest, Most Immersive Conservation-based Attraction in Missouri Enlists Kinetic

The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium (Springfield, Mo.) was recently voted the number one best new attraction in America by USA Today. The nonprofit organization, which opened in September of 2017, has enlisted Hartsook to provide guidance in advancing its mission. In addition to its Museum and Aquarium, Wonders of Wildlife conservation adventures programs combine education and adventure that engages students and families in unforgettable hands-on experiences – creating a brighter future for everyone through conservation.


Phoenix, Arizona Nonprofit Enlists Kinetic’s Services

Generation Justice (Phoenix, Ariz.) has retained Kinetic to provide research and insights on foundations and to consider potential for grant opportunities. Generation Justice works to fulfill the promise of the Constitution by extending its umbrella of rights and protections to the nation’s most vulnerable children. These children include those whose parents perpetrate crimes against them, resulting in the removal of the children from their homes. The organization’s Project Lullaby proposes legal reforms to ensure the timely and safe passage of drug-exposed infants to loving families.


Hartsook Provides Ongoing Campaign Counsel for Kansas City’s Lyric Opera

The Lyric Opera (Kansas City) brings high-quality, live operatic performances to the people of the Kansas City area and five-state region. Repertoire choices encompass original language performances of standard repertory as well as contemporary and American operas. The Company seeks to mount productions that enrich the community it serves, as well as reflect the highest artistic standards of the profession. Kinetic has been retained to provide ongoing campaign counsel to advance the organization’s mission through philanthropy.


Insights into the Future of Philanthropic Innovation: Philanthropic Literacy for Future Leaders

Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang of the Kinetic Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy have provided insights into the future of philanthropic innovation and how it might best be managed. They define philanthropic innovation very broadly as “newness in love for mankind.” It encompasses, but is not limited to, new philanthropic ideas or projects (e.g. providing clean water, education, shelter or healthcare) philanthropic tools (e.g. social impact investment or crowdfunding) and organizational designs (e.g. social impact investment organizations, social cooperatives or Benefit-Corporations) that can be used to express and channel that love to mankind. Go here to review this research.


Book Deal of the Month

Kinetic President and CEO Matthew J. Beem’s book Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success shares decades of fundraising insights and features campaign success stories. Performance-Driven Fundraising will help accelerate anyone’s learning curve and serve as a valuable reference tool for new and seasoned fundraisers. Go here for a special price of $10 (plus shipping and handling).


Ask Kinetic!

Do you have a tough fundraising question? Send your questions to We will respond by email and your question may be featured in a future Philanthropy Success.

QUESTION: Our board members don’t believe that fundraising is something they should have to do. As professional fundraising consultants, what is your take on this issue?

Board members should be involved in the fundraising process. However, very often their hesitancy is more about feeling ill equipped to do the job than it is about indifference. A good place to start is to let them know that successful fundraising is about the organization’s mission, not simply money. Discussing what could be accomplished if the organization had more money can help give board members more confidence to talk with people in the community about why the organization is worthy of support. Lastly, leadership may be more apt to assist in the fundraising process if they have trusted professional fundraising counsel and a well-trained development team guiding the effort.


Strategies for Success: Take Responsibility

Here are a few tips to help generate extraordinary philanthropic gifts: Identify prospective donors’ interests. Think creatively and connect them with ways they advance those interests via your organization’s mission. Go here to read more.


Get to Know the Kinetic Team

Tammy Weinman
Director of Support Services
Tammy is the first point of contact for clients, prospects and consultants. She facilitates the complete study process and provides personalized assistance to clients every step of the way. Her commitment to client service creates a culture of excellence for everyone involved. Tammy is a graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship.


Kinetic’s Growing Philanthropy Tour

Kinetic Fundraising, Inc. speakers are members of the Kinetic team of professional fundraising consultants who have, in their collective careers, raised more than $231 billion in their 300-plus years of experience. To schedule a Kinetic consultant to speak at your conference or organization, email Tammy at

May 23-25, 2018

Boy Scouts of America Annual Meeting

Roanoke, Va.
June 6-7, 2018

LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference
Exhibitor: Hartsook

Bergen, Norway
June 18-19, 2018

NHH – Norwegian School of Economics
John List

Taipei, Taiwan
June 21-22, 2018

National Taiwan University
John List

Canberra, Australia
June 25-26, 2018

BX2018, Australian Government
Keynote: John List

Richmond, Va.
July 18-19, 2018

2018 Virginia Fund Raising Institute Conference
Lead Sponsor:

July 2018
Iof Convention 2018
Adrian Sargeant

Jen Shang

Clayton, Australia
August 13-24, 2018
Monash University
John List

Washington, D.C.
August 29-31, 2018

Boy Scouts of America Top Hands

September 19-20, 2018

Science of Philanthropy Institute Conference 2018
John List

Kansas City
September 26-29, 2018
American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting
Donor-Focused Fundraising: Letting Research Guide Your Organization’s Philanthropy
Matthew J. Beem
Debbie Bass, National WWI Museum and Memorial

Boston, Mass.
October 5-6, 2018

Boston University
Advances with Field Experiments
John List

Basel, Switzerland
October 16-18, 2018

University of Basel
8th Bernoulli Lecture for the Behavioral Sciences John List

Past stops on the tour

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