Matthew J. Beem, MPA, CFRE
President and Chief Executive Officer
From the beginning, Matt was destined to become a professional fundraiser. In one of his most defining decisions, he chose to follow in his parents' footsteps. Matt's father worked for a nonprofit while his mother started a nonprofit for children with special needs. From an early age, the value that Matt placed on the role of nonprofits in society would help him to understand the challenges they face.
Says Matt, "I engage with fundraisers around the world doing their work - diligently, responsibly, even intensely - but something's missing. For many, fundraising is little more than a set of mechanical steps and learned behaviors that lead to the same outcomes year after year. But for me, fundraising has always been more than a job. It is a way of life."
Today, Matt serves as President and CEO of Hartsook Companies. His passion for fundraising is further defined by how he spends his limited free time: As an active Scouter. Matt's lifelong participation with the Boy Scouts of America gives him insights that add to his professional expertise.
During his more than 20 years as a professional fundraiser, Matt has helped nonprofits raise more than $500 million. He is a featured speaker in the United States and abroad for organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and in the United Kingdom.
Matt sees an ever expanding global outreach for nonprofit fundraising. "Hartsook Companies has experienced success in South and Central America, and we are building on this international movement in Europe and Africa."
Chosen one of Kansas City's "40 Under Forty" by Ingram's Magazine, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Graceland University; senior fellow of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership; and a doctoral candidate in organizational behavior at UMKC. He was named as the Kansas City 2010 Fundraiser of the Year and serves as the Chairman of the Blue Elk District for the Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America.
Matt is a featured columnist with The Examiner, Independence, Missouri. He co-authored a chapter in the university level textbook, "New Strategies for Educational Fundraising." His most recent work, the book Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success, was published in 2010.
A doctoral candidate in organizational behavior at UMKC, Matt's dissertation explores the relationship between performance, evaluation and compensation in professional fundraising. Matt holds a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and a master of public administration in nonprofit management from UMKC's Bloch School.
Matt his wife, Kate, and their three children live in the National Historic Landmark District several blocks from former President Harry Truman's home and library in Independence, Mo.
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