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Matthew J. Beem, MPA, CFRE
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Matt serves on the advisory board for the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in Plymouth, United Kingdom, sits on the President's Advisory Council of Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri and is a senior fellow of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He is a featured speaker throughout the United States and abroad and was chosen as one of Kansas City's "40 Under Forty" by Ingram's Magazine. He was named 2010 Kansas City Fundraiser of the Year.

Matt is an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and served as the Chairman of the Blue Elk District for the Heart of America Council. He 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 publication is Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success. Matt holds a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, a master of public administration in nonprofit management from UMKC's Bloch School, and is a doctoral candidate at UMKC.

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Blackwelder Joins Hartsook

After a very successful fundraising career leading such institutions as Wichita State University, Iowa State University, Purdue University and most recently University of Missouri-Kansas City - Murray Blackwelder will join Hartsook as a Senior Executive Vice President.

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"The addition of Murray to our consultant team continues our tradition of attracting the very best," says Hartsook President and CEO Matt Beem. Initially, Blackwelder will be part of the team raising funds for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home (Abilene, Kan.) among other projects.

The addition of Blackwelder is especially significant for Hartsook, since Murray was Executive Director of the Wichita State Foundation when Hartsook founder Bob Hartsook served as Vice President which included oversight of the Foundation. In the 1980s, they led one of only 30 successful $100 million university campaigns in America.