Philanthropy Success

Karin L. Cox, MFA – Editor February 2019
Since our founding in 1987, Kinetic has grown into an international company that has helped its clients raise over $230 billion and counting. We have earned, developed and built our role and our leadership in the consulting fundraising profession with decades of proven success. To learn whAt Kinetic can do for your organization, contact us at

image The Salvation Army in Lancaster, Ohio Retains Hartsook to Guide Its Campaign

The Salvation Army – Serving Lancaster & Fairfield County (Lancaster, Ohio) has retained Kinetic to guide its fundraising campaign. The organization has demonstrated its ability to effectively identify and efficiently meet urgent human needs in Fairfield County for over 110 years. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army in Lancaster has not conducted a capital campaign in over 40 years.

image Kinetic President and CEO Matthew J. Beem Earns Ph.D.

(Kansas City) Matt Beem has earned a doctor of philosophy in organizational behavior and higher education administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He defended his dissertation, Performance-Based Fundraiser Compensation: An Analysis of Preference, Prevalence and Effect, in December 2018. The Fundraiser Compensation Survey, an original study, was emailed by the Mid-America Chapter of Fundraising Professionals to more than 3,000 individuals. Beem’s dissertation sheds light on the effect performance-based compensation has on the amount of money fundraisers raise. (Pictured: Dr. David Renz, Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Doctoral Advisor to Dr. Matt Beem)

image Missouri Nonprofit Receives Sunderland Foundation Gift

Music/Arts Institute (Independence, Mo.) is the premier community school of the arts, serving the Kansas City metro and Eastern Jackson County for more than three decades. The organization has received $50,000 from the Sunderland Foundation to support its Ensemble campaign. At Music/Arts, students have access to recitals, master classes, festivals and ensembles, and they benefit from MAI’s reputation as a regional leader in arts education excellence.

image New Scout Executive and CEO for Oregon Boy Scouts of America Council

Crater Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America (Central Point, Ore.) has extended its ongoing campaign counsel contract with Kinetic to provide additional leadership and support for their campaign. The Council just announced its new Scout Executive and CEO James Westfall. Jim began his Scouting profession in 1994. He will begin his tenure with Crater Lake Council in March. His Scouting accomplishments include Eagle Scout, Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow and graduate of the Wood Badge program.

image A Special Gathering of Community Difference-Makers

Welcome House (Kansas City) will host its 6th Annual Breakfast on April 24th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Actor and recovery advocate, Danny Trejo, will provide the keynote address. Event benefits will support the hope-filled mission of Welcome House. Through evidence-based practices in rehabilitation and providing a holistic approach unique to each resident, Welcome House changes lives for the better. Its programs go beyond just the men challenged by addiction, and impact the lives of their families and loved ones as well.

image 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: A prospective donor recently asked if we have a big vision. We said we think we do, because we’ve always felt our mission was so important, but maybe we’re missing something?

Needing more money to keep the lights on and “help people” – no matter how important the mission – is not a bold vision. Donors want to invest in something big. Raising major gifts from donors of influence and affluence requires an organization to think well beyond the day-to-day tasks. Imagine the lives that could be changed if the nonprofit had all the money it needed. Take time to dream; then plan accordingly. The next time you’re asked, you’ll be ready to respond with a resounding, “Yes!”

image Strategies for Success: Time to Declutter Your Database

For nonprofits, one of the biggest areas of clutter is found lurking in the database: former addresses, incorrect spellings, deceased donors, new marriages listed with old names and a thousand other ways to waste time and resources while annoying current and prospective donors. Why not make this the year you set out to spring clean and declutter your database? Go here for some tips to get you started.

image Get to Know the Kinetic Team

Kinetic Senior Vice President Ross J. Pfannenstiel has a strong track record of development leadership and nonprofit management. Ross worked for the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America for 14 years. During his tenure with Heart of America, Ross successfully worked in all levels of field service and supervised a staff of over 30 employees covering a 19-county metropolitan area. Ross has raised millions of dollars for the Heart of America Council and his Kinetic clients during his 18-year non-profit management and development career. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance and Economics from Rockhurst University where he received the Finucane Service Scholarship for community service, the Ignatian Award for academic achievement and graduated with honors.

image 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

Inverness-shire, Scotland
March 4-6, 2019

Think Double! Fundraising Masterclass
Adrian Sargeant

Washington, D.C.
May 30-31, 2019
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
2019 Annual Conference
Data-driven Donor Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation and Appreciation Developing a Comprehensive Fundraising Plan
Jason Wood

Washington, D.C.
July 11, 2019

2019 Bridge Conference
AFP of Washington DC Metro Area Chapter
Prepared for Success: Demystifying the Major Gift Campaign
Karin Cox

Past stops on the tour

image Looking for a Rewarding Career?Kinetic Fundraising, Inc. expects to attract at least one hundred new fundraising managers over the next 36 months. Onsite fundraising managers will be deployed to projects throughout the United States and eventually in Europe, Australia, Canada, Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Kinetic is beginning the process of attracting those interested in joining the world’s largest fundraising consulting practice. Placements will support fundraising for visual and performing arts, education, youth development, safety net, healthcare and international engagement organizations. If you are interested in learning more, contact Danny Kohrs, Vice President of Operations at

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