Philanthropy Success

Karin L. Cox, MFA – Editor November 2018

Is Your Nonprofit Fundraising-Ready for 2019?

The end of the year is in sight. Do you have a Comprehensive Development Plan in place for 2019? If not, now is the time to ensure your organization will receive its fair share of the philanthropic pie in the coming years.

To learn how we can help your organization, contact Kinetic at


Congratulations, Kansas City 2018 CFO of the Year Award Recipients

Congratulations to all the honorees, including two among Hartsook’s Kansas City clients: Mark Gunter, National WWI Museum and Memorial; and Robin Potts, Harvesters. Sixteen honorees were selected by a group of independent judges assembled by the Kansas City Business Journal. The CFO of the Year Award recognizes financial professionals in the Kansas City region for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.


Kansas City Foundation Provides Access to Medical Care at Home and Abroad

World Outreach Foundation (Kansas City) has retained Kinetic to conduct a Development Operation Review. The organization, founded in 2005 by Drs. Tony and Luz Racela, is dedicated to making a sustainable, long-term and life-changing difference in the lives of those without regular access to medical care through an innovative provision of healthcare services. World Outreach Foundation provides access to medical care in developing countries, particularly in the Philippines and Dominican Republic. It also offers health and dental care domestically to help break the cycle of homelessness in Kansas City.


$43-million Gift Passes to Washington, D.C. Think Tank

The Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.) has announced a $43-million legacy gift. Retired Associate Justice of The California Court of Appeal Judge Allison Rouse and his wife, attorney Dorothy Rouse, were long-time donors to the Heritage Foundation. They had also included the organization in their estate. The Rouses were donors for over twenty years. Following the passing of Judge Allison in 2005 and Dorothy this year, their bequest of will transfer from their estate to the Heritage Foundation. This gift of great significant represents the largest in the think tank’s 45-year history.


Oklahoma Nonprofit Celebrates a Century of Service

Tulsa Boys’ Home (Tulsa, Okla.) is celebrating its Centennial (1918-2018) – 100 years of providing hope and healing for Oklahoma boys. The mission of Tulsa Boys’ Home is to provide the highest quality residential care for boys needing placement outside their home, for the purpose of developing well-adjusted, responsible adults and strengthening the family. Tulsa Boys’ Home was the first and remains the largest residential treatment facility serving troubled boys in Oklahoma.


Wichita State University Builds New Home for Its School of Business

Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan.) is constructing a new, high-tech facility to house the W. Frank Barton School of Business. The cost will be around $50 million. The new, 136,000-square-foot building will be designed and configured to foster creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial expression.


2018 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy

The U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy reports on the giving and volunteering practices of wealthy households in the United States from the prior year. This year’s report highlights eight overarching themes from 2017: Charitable giving remains important to high net worth households; women are at the forefront of philanthropic engagement and impact; giving is being shaped by a diverse universe of donors. Go here to learn more.


Book Deal of the Month

On the Money! (ASR Media) is an enlightening collection of success stories and lessons learned from 25 nonprofit fundraising campaigns nationwide. Click here to order On the Money! 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: We developed a comprehensive strategic plan last year, but we’ve had trouble keeping to the timeline. Any tips?

If it’s one of the first years you’ve developed a comprehensive strategic plan, don’t be discouraged and definitely don’t hesitate to do it again next year, even if you’ve missed some of your targets. It takes time to get a new system up and running, but it will be worth the time and effort. A few things to consider: Were the right people at the table when the plan was developed? It’s easier to get buy-in on new systems if those involved feel they had a say in the plan. Another big time-turnaround strategy is to take a counterintuitive approach to project management: If you’re in a hurry and have a tight timeline, slow down. If you have a window of disposable time, hurry up. It comes more naturally to ebb and flow based on the tyranny of the urgent, but time will be lost in the long run. Slow down and hurry up intentionally rather than instinctively. Whether you’re planning an event or overseeing a capital campaign, slow down when you feel pressured; and hurry up when you have time to spare.


Strategies for Success: Creating Versus Waiting for Opportunities

Too many fundraisers wait for opportunity to knock at their door. They assume that if they are fulfilling their mission, donors will hear about the great work they are doing and will want to be supportive. That can happen, but most of the time we need to be the ones knocking on opportunity’s door. Go here to read a few tips for pro-active fundraising.


Get to Know the Kinetic Team

Executive Vice President Lou Gehring was Senior Executive Director of The Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation from 2003 until joining Kinetic. In 2005, he launched the Foundation’s largest-ever capital campaign, raising over $30 million, followed by a successful $11-million campaign. Lou raised over $80 million during his tenure at The Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation. He served as President of AFP Kansas City Chapter and was chair of the Professional Advancement subcommittee of the AFP Strategic Planning Committee from 1999-2000. In 2009, Lou was honored as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year in Kansas City by the Mid America Chapter of AFP.

In 2010 Lou was given the annual Community Service Award by Shawnee Mission Medical Center. In 2017, Ingram’s Magazine named him one of 50 Kansans You Should Know. Lou holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University; an undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans; and a performance certificate from El Estudio de Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City, DF, Mexico.


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

Grapevine, Texas
February 1, 2019
IGNITE 2019: Conference
Sustainable Fundraising
Karin Cox

Inverness-shire, Scotland
February 4-6, 2019

The Great Fundraising Masterclass
Adrian Sargeant

February 7-8, 2019

LSE Annual Behavioural Public Policy Lecture
Grantham Centre
John List

San Diego
February 12, 2019
2019 NSFA National Conference
Demystifying the Major Gift Campaign
Karin Cox

Inverness-shire, Scotland
February 4-6, 2019

Think Double! Fundraising Masterclass
Adrian Sargeant

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