Message from the President

You are likely reading this message  because you and I share a common goal in the preparation of the fundraising professional: competency.

Several years ago when I endowed the only Chair in Fundraising in the world, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal asked me why I did it. I told her that I had been in the field a long time, and I was embarrassed that 50% of the fundraisers in America were not worth "crap." A year later, the leadership of one of the largest Foundations in America suggested I had grossly overestimated the competency of the field.

As a result, we created the Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising. We want to make this a profession we can be proud of. More than that, we aim to increase philanthropy.

Certainly, we cannot accomplish this goal on our own. We are committed to using our influence to encourage others to think about how we can move beyond being merely good. The need is too great.  We are pushing the question: how can we increase the philanthropic pie?

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