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Avila University

November 14, 2011

Avila University names first Hartsook Institute Scholar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Avila University's Hartsook Institute for Fundraising today announced that Robin Rowland, executive director of development at Avila University, has been named the first Eugene Tempel Scholar. This award is given to a student demonstrating outstanding academic achievement who is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Management fundraising degree program.

"Avila is pleased to be a partner with the Hartsook Institute for Fundraising and support how it's transforming the field of philanthropy," said Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., Avila University president. "Naming Robin as the first scholar is the next step toward furthering this partnership and the field of fundraising and honors someone who is a bright and shining star in the fundraising community. We are fortunate to have Robin on Avila's Advancement team."

Rowland, who began her position at Avila in September, earlier served as vice president, development and public relations at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. During that time, she increased fundraising revenue for that organization 277 percent by managing a multi-channel fundraising program which included large-scale special events, annual fund, direct mail, corporate sponsors and personal solicitation. She also created and implemented a major gifts campaign and $11 million capital campaign.

"I am very honored and grateful to be named as the first Gene Tempel Scholar," Rowland said. "Dr. Tempel is the epitome of professionalism in the field of philanthropy and fundraising, and to be associated with his name makes this recognition all the more meaningful."

Tempel, a nationally known expert on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, is president and chief executive officer for the Indiana University Foundation and is responsible for directing development and administration of an endowment valued in excess of $1.2 billion. He has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership, administration and fundraising experience, including serving as executive director of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. He played a key role in establishing the Center in 1987 and has mentored many of the nation's top philanthropic fundraisers. Tempel was named several times by The Nonprofit Times as one of the top 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector in the U.S.

"I am humbled and honored to have my name and reputation associated with the Avila Hartsook Institute and proud to have Robin be the first Scholar recipient," said Tempel.

"It's only fitting that Gene Tempel be the name on this first award. Who better to receive this recognition than Robin, who has demonstrated her pursuit of academic excellence," added Bob Hartsook, founder and president of the Hartsook Institute for Fundraising.

About Avila University
Avila University is a Catholic, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs.  Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd. in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.

About Hartsook Companies, Inc.
Hartsook Companies, Inc. is dedicated to providing innovative, proven campaign strategies to nonprofit agencies and organizations while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and ethical practices. Hartsook Companies ranks among the largest and most productive campaign-consulting firms in the country. With 25 years of providing assistance to nonprofits, the firm has more than 60 consultants and associates worldwide.