Ross Pfannenstiel, Kinetic Executive Vice President, eHartsook on Scouting Editor 2020 Winter Issue

Growing Philanthropy for Boy Scouts of America

Kinetic has a decades-long tradition of helping Boy Scouts of America (BSA) councils – with over $166 million raised for BSA. The Kinetic 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 Kinetic can help your local council, contact us at or at (866) 630-8500.


A Scout is Trustworthy

Trustworthy: Worthy, dependable; able to be relied on as honest and truthful.

Like the Scouts and Scouters we serve, Kinetic places a high value on being dependable. For over 30 years, nonprofits of all sizes and sectors have relied on Kinetic, including Scouting councils from coast to coast, in urban cities and rural communities to help them raise billions of dollars. Now, that’s being dependable.


Make 2020 Your Council’s Best Year of Fundraising

The first quarter of each year is the right time for council and district campaign leadership to initiate their fundraising plans for the year. Starting off the year strong will help drive momentum to help reach your goals.  This is extremely important as it sets the tone for what will become the entire year’s revenue for capital projects, programs, operating and endowment funding.

As important as this is, consistent reports and communication derived from campaign success are just as vital. As Kinetic consultants are known to say, “Good communication demonstrates appreciation.”

Methodically sharing these financial reports with a wider audience shows authenticity, transparency and accountability. These intentional acts invite peripheral bystanders to become more active participants in the council’s and district’s overall mission. From there, prospective donor cultivation can begin!

Especially as it relates to potential signature events – distinguished citizen award dinners and volunteer recognition – these annual fundraising plans should be part of a comprehensive approach to fundraising.

One excellent tool to use is the widely-adopted Cox Event Grid featured in the textbook Fundraising Practices and Practices, Kinetic President and Co-Founder, Karin Cox.


If your council or district is considering upcoming events or making fundraising plans for the year, Kinetic is available to help. Email us now to schedule a free consultation:


Crater Lake Council Extends Its Campaign Counsel with Kinetic in 2020

Crater Lake Council (Central Point, Oreg.) first retained Kinetic to help guide its fundraising efforts. Its former Scout Executive, Kevin Patterson had this to say: “Hartsook’s devotion to walking with us keeps us motivated to do the necessary tasks to achieve the goals we set.” In 2020, Crater Lake Council has extended its arrangement with Kinetic to continue providing professional fundraising council.

Matthew J. Beem

Chairman and CEO

The Power of Philanthropy™

“I was at the library near my home on a recent Saturday morning wrapping up loose ends before a week on the road. I often tuck into my local branch on weekends to thin my briefcase.

I looked up from my computer and saw a man walking slowly through the lobby toward the restrooms and water fountain.

As he got closer, it was evident from the pack and bedroll on his back that he was homeless and had come in for a drink after a long night outdoors. I watched him as he approached the water fountain, only to feel disappointment as he leaned over and pushed the button. It wasn’t working. Before I could get up, a young man sprung from his reading chair and walked quickly toward the man at the fountain. What I witnessed warmed my heart…” Go here to read more.

The Power of Philanthropy features stories and lessons of individuals and organizations whose gifts have improved the lives of others. Check this space for archived blogs and subscribe to have new posts sent right to your inbox.


Serving BSA Councils from Coast to Coast and Around the World

Kinetic 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 Coastal Carolina Council
Charleston, S.C.

BSA Cradle of Liberty Council
Wayne, Pa.

BSA Crater Lake Council
Central Point, Ore.***

BSA Dan Beard Council
Cincinnati, Ohio

BSA Grand Teton Council
Idaho Falls, Idaho*

BSA Greater Cleveland Council
Cleveland, Ohio*

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 Council
Irving, Texas**

BSA Pacific Harbors Council
Takoma, Wash.

BSA Pine Burr Area Council
Hattiesburg, Miss.

BSA Quivira Council
Wichita, Kan.**

BSA Susquehanna Council
Williamsport, Pa.

BSA Trails West Council
Belleville, Ill.**

BSA Transatlantic Council
Brussels, Belgium**

BSA Westark Area Council
Fort Smith, Ark.**

BSA Westchester-Putnam Council
Hawthorne, N.Y.*

*Each asterisk represents an additional council engagement


Kinetic’s Growing Philanthropy Tour

To schedule a Kinetic consultant to speak at your council or event email

Wilmington, N.C.
February 5, 2020

AFP NC, Cape Fear Region
Jazz Up Your Board
Karin Cox

March 2-4, 2020
National School Foundation Association
National Conference 2020
Kinetic: Sponsorship

Baltimore, Md.
March 29-31, 2020
2020 AFP International Conference
From Reliable to Remarkable: Growing Regular Gifts
Karin Cox
Janell Johnson

April 22-25, 2020

Better Together 2020
The Salvation Army National Advisory Organization Conference
Are You Ready for a Major Gifts Campaign? 10 Things to Do First
Karin Cox
Janell Johnson

Past stops on the tour

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