Philanthropy Success

Karin L. Cox, MFA – Editor September 2018

In its over thirty years serving nonprofits around the world, Kinetic has helped facilitate the new construction or renovation of over 40,000 facilities – 6,000 alone in our hometown of Kansas City. This issue of Kinetic features new and extension clients from Kansas City as well as others – all making a positive difference in the lives of those they serve. To learn how we can help you do the same, contact Kinetic at

image The Kansas City Zoo Continues to Expand and Exceed Expectations

The Kansas City Zoo (Kansas City) has extended and expanded Hartsook’s role its new phase of growth. After several successful campaigns, the zoo is making plans for a $75-million aquarium, likely to be built near the Helzberg Penguin Plaza built in 2014. The new aquarium will cover nearly 70,000-square feet, and the addition will add to the zoo’s reputation as a regional destination.

image Hartsook to Help Arkansas Child Advocacy Center Grow Philanthropy for Its Mission

Children’s Safety Center of Washington County (Springdale, Ark.) empowers children to overcome abuse and begin to trust, hope, and heal. The Children’s Safety Center was the first Child Advocacy Center in Arkansas created to help prevent further trauma children might experience during the process of investigation, prosecution, and treatment. Kinetic will be guiding the organization’s fundraising to secure support for its vital mission.

image Kansas Nonprofit Retains Hartsook to Help Advance Its Fundraising Goals

Families and Children Together, Inc. (Pittsburg, Kan.) was founded in 1991 with a mission to serve children and families in Crawford County, Kan. and the Southeast Kansas area. FACT, Inc. also provides philanthropic support for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Kinetic has been retained to help the organization strengthen its mission in an effort to raise community awareness and provide quality mental healthcare, particularly for those who are underserved and vulnerable.

image Building and Rebuilding Lives in Kansas City

Welcome House, Inc. (Kansas City) is committed to providing a high-quality, moral, and open residential program to recovering alcoholics and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration, and homelessness to reintegration back into society as productive citizens. Kinetic has been retained to support the organization’s efforts to renovate its residential facility and build a new facility onsite to support its very successful recovery programs.

image Boys & Girls Clubs: Our Call to Action for America’s Youth

Hartsook Co-founder and Senior Executive Vice President Karin Cox will be presenting at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Midwest Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in October. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Midwest Region supports Clubs in 13 states. For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs have been helping put young people on the path to great futures. Its mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

image Book Deal of the Month

Hartsook has pushed and challenged the status quo, and nobody in the world has had a greater impact on the fundraising profession than Bob Hartsook. The strategies shared in $231 Billion Raised and Counting are the culmination of Bob’s many years as a fundraiser, consultant, and philanthropist – as he and co-authors Matthew J. Beem and Karin Cox bring together insights from the many consultants who make up the extraordinary Kinetic team. Go here to purchase your copy for a special price of $10 (plus shipping and handling).

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: How can we keep our campaign steering committee on track and moving forward?

This is a great question, because keeping your campaign steering committee members motivated and moving as one is key to campaign success. Make sure you respect their time. You probably invited them because they were people who know how to get things done. That means they’re probably very busy people. Schedule your regular meetings well in advance and keep to the agenda and an established time frame. Be clear and upfront about what’s expected, so they know and have agreed to their assignments. Provide regular updates and share success stories along the way. Ask them for more than their time and hard work, ask for their expertise. Finally, don’t forget to celebrate together and show personal appreciation for what they’ve done, but more importantly, for who they are.

image Strategies for Success: Use Campaigns to Reinvigorate Your Organization

A major gift campaign is an important component of a healthy development program. Successful nonprofits strategically plan major gift campaigns to do more than just raise money. They use them to reinvigorate their board members’ support and involvement, increase their visibility, and expand their donor base. Go here to read more.

image Get to Know the Kinetic Team

During her more than fifteen-year history with Kinetic, Graphic Designer Lori Cox has designed numerous case statements, success stories and other collateral materials for Kinetic clients in the U.S. and abroad. Lori has a passion for nonprofits and uses her design skills to create compelling material in support of each campaign.

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

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

October 11, 2018
Boys & Girls Clubs
Midwest Leadership Conference
Karin Cox

Basel, Switzerland
October 16-18, 2018
University of Basel
8th Bernoulli Lecture for the Behavioral Sciences
John List

Kansas City
November 14, 2018

2018 KC National Philanthropy Day
Starlight Theatre
Lead Sponsor: Hartsook

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

February 7-8, 2019

LSE Annual Behavioural Public Policy Lecture
Grantham Centre
John List

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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