Hartsook drew national attention in October when he gave $1.5 million to Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy to establish the nation’s first academic chair in fundraising. He said his hope is that by studying the theory behind fundraising, the methods of raising money can be made more effective.
“Philanthropy has been 2 percent of the gross domestic product since they started counting in 1949 and it’s never increased that percentage,” said Hartsook, the brother of Emporia’s Roger Hartsook. “I’m embarrassed by that 2 percent. I consider it a failure of our profession.”"