At Hartsook, we believe the sum is always greater than its parts. This is especially true when it comes to philanthropy. When donors, volunteers and nonprofits come together to support and accomplish selfless acts of generosity, the results are exponentially enlarged.

This Power of Philanthropy blog space is dedicated to sharing the stories and learning the lessons of organizations and individuals who have improved the lives of others through meaningful and tangible acts of generosity.

Hartsook is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations increase philanthropic support across the United States and around the world. Our goal is to see nonprofits successfully increase and advance their missions. We consider ourselves fortunate to work with thousands of volunteers, donors and nonprofits as, together, we unleash the Power of Philanthropy.

We look forward to sharing the thoughts of donors and volunteers, clients and Hartsook team members—offering positive dialogue and inspiration.

Thank you for all you do to unleash the Power of Philanthropy!

Check this space regularly for new posts, and take some time to share your own reflections and opinions. Please send your stories and insights to [email protected].

Why You Do What You Do

My husband and I attended an event several years ago when I noticed a young woman sitting at a picnic table nearby, alone and crying. I walked over to check in, and her story spilled out. She and her boyfriend had moved there from another state, because they heard a...

Philanthropy Is a Labor of Love

I remember a time, as a child, when friends brought over boxes of food for our family. In my 11- or 12-year-old mind, I thought, "How nice that they brought us all this great stuff!" Looking back, I recognized that my parents had been going through a rough patch,...

Investing in Our Neighbors

Great things can begin with small steps, and there is a multiplying factor when fundraisers, donors and nonprofits each do their part, while pulling together. In 2016, I was part of a community work group. Many of us have participated in committees like this. There...

The Power of Philanthropy to Enrich Our Lives

As a fundraising consultant, I understand the value of connecting donors with nonprofit missions that matter to them. I know what it means to organizations to receive financial funding, but more than that—to receive enthusiastic support from donors whose gifts convey...

It’s Not What You Gather, It’s What You Scatter

I grew up in a large family. We lived modestly, but always had the essentials of life and made the most of our circumstances. Even though my parents had a limited income, they made sure to give their time and money to charitable causes. They paid a full tithe to the...

Perinatal Hospice

As fundraisers, we are often given a front row view of the positive impact of donors' gifts and the power of philanthropy to change lives profoundly. Each of us encounters the power of philanthropy in our own space and time. In my case, I was working at Kansas City...

Tailored Appreciation

One day, while stopping by my son’s elementary school, I struck up a conversation with two of his friends. One of the boys was wearing his school uniform; the other boy was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Since this was an unusual occurrence, I asked them about it. The...

‘Tis the Season…

As the holiday season quickly approaches, everywhere, we see this reminder: ‘Tis the Season… We see it in commercials, newspaper ads, online banners, social media, billboards and numerous other platforms that draw our attention to the commercial side of the holidays....

Why Give?

The following was adapted from a presentation I had the pleasure of making during Mi Esperanza’s gala fundraiser, Passport to Hope, in Covington, Louisiana. Mi Esperanza means MY HOPE and began in 2002 with a vision to provide life-sustaining change in the lives of...

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...