Bob Hartsook

Bob Hartsook




When he received his honorary doctorate of business administration from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, Bob Hartsook was introduced as “… the most influential living person in philanthropy.” He continues to be a tireless visionary who has advanced fundraising through expert counsel and philanthropic support of the fundraising profession. A nationally-recognized presenter, he has been widely published, and has received many awards and honors, including:

¨ Fundraiser of the Year, Association of Fundraising Executives, Cape Fear, NC      2020
¨ Special Founder Growing Philanthropy Award, Hartsook Institutes, 2019
¨ Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration, University of Plymouth UK,        2017
¨ Sigma Phi Epsilon National Citation, 2017
¨ Washburn Law School Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
¨ Avila Medal of Philanthropy, Kansas City, 2014
¨ Key to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, 2014
¨ Emporia High School Hall of Fame, 2013
¨ Wall Street Journal Philanthropist Recognition, 2006
¨ Spirit of Philanthropy Award, Kansas City, 2004
¨ Spirit of Philanthropy Award, Indiana University, 2003
¨ Emporia State University Alum of the Year, 2003

Bob has invested more than $30 million to support advanced fundraising education and created numerous forums for applied fundraising research. He established the first chair in fundraising in the world at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and founded Hartsook Institutes, which initiated and supported a fully-accredited Hartsook Institute master’s degree in fundraising.


Fundraiser of the year 2020

Bob hartsook named fundraiser of the year by the association of fundraising executives


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