MATTHEW J. BEEM, PHD, CFRE (CHAIR)
Matt Beem is Chairman and CEO of Hartsook Companies, Inc. and chairs the advisory board of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy in Plymouth, United Kingdom. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Matt served on the board of trustees of Avila University in Kansas City from 2015-2017 and on the board of trustees of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa from 2008-2014.
Matt is a featured speaker on fundraising and fundraiser compensation in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success and a co-author of $231 Billion Raised and Counting with Bob Hartsook and Karin Cox.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Journalism in News Editorial from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior and Higher Education Administration from UMKC’s Bloch School of Management, and School of Education.
Nigel Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane based Mater Foundation, one of Australia’s largest health care Foundations. He has been with the Mater for 23 years and has worked in fundraising for 35 years, specialising in the health and disability sectors.
Holding an MBA as well as qualifications in Public Relations and Marketing, Nigel is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). In 2012 he was recognised as the Arthur Venn Fundraising Professional of the Year. He is a Fellow and past Chair of Fundraising Institute Australia, a former CFRE International Board member, and is currently serving on the Board of the UK based Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.
Nigel is also a director of Act for Kids, a national child abuse agency based in Brisbane, and is on the Board of Community Council for Australia, a national peak body for the community sector. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Albany Creek. He has been active in community and sporting organisations for over 40 years.
DR JANE HUDSON
Jane Hudson is an academic at the University of Plymouth and has been working with, and researching into, the charity sector for the last 14 years. She has been the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing since 2010 and is always keen to publish articles that relate to improving fundraising. As an author she has published three academic book chapters and research into charities in a variety of academic journals. She has presented her research at a number of international academic conferences, such as the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisations and Voluntary Action and the Association for Consumer Research. She also supervises a number of PhD’s in the philanthropy and fundraising areas.
Jane has a BSc. in Applied Economics, a MA in Applied Social Research and earned a Ph.D from Bristol Business School (UK) with Dr. Adrian Sargeant as her supervisor. Adrian first introduced her to the world of fundraising in 2005 when they completed a UK Research Council funded project that examined branding in the context of charitable organisation. This project developed into a passion for the nonprofit sector and the belief that academic research can be instrumental in shaping and driving sustainable growth in philanthropy.
Jane is also active in the fundraising sector, she is a former External Examiner for the UK Institute of Fundraising and is a tutor on their Diploma in Fundraising. She is also engaged with supporting numerous local charities and serves on the board of the Institute of Sustainable Philanthropy.
Simone Joyaux began her career in the nonprofit, philanthropic sector in 1975.
She served as Executive Director of a small nonprofit organization in Lansing, Michigan, USA. Then as Chief Development Officer for one of the major regional theatres in the USA.
In January 2019, Joyaux began her 32nd year as a full time consultant, specializing in fund development, strategic planning, governance, and management.
Simone regularly serves on boards. She’s a former chair of CFRE International, a Past Chair of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (Rhode Island and Connecticut, USA), and also chaired the Advisory Board for the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University, UK.
Simone speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, USA.
As an author, Simone has published three books, contributed to multiple others, and often writes articles for publications in the field. Her books are: Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships That Last (originally published in 1997; now in its 3rd edition). Firing Lousy Board Members – And Helping the Others Succeed (2013). And Keep Your Donors (co-authored with Tom Ahern, 2008).
Simone has founded two organizations: Rhode Island’s first statewide arts advocacy organization; and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a social justice organization committed to leveling the playing field for women and girls.
Simone has a Masters Degree in 20th century French and American Literature. Her professional credentials are: Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive, International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising. And she’s been designated a Distinguished Fellow of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Chuck Longfield retired in 2018 after serving as Blackbaud’s Chief Scientist since January 2007. He is the founder of Target Software and Target Analysis Group, now Blackbaud companies.
Chuck has extensive experience designing and implementing national as well as international constituency databases, and addressing the information needs at many of the world’s largest not-for-profit organizations. He is certified to teach secondary school mathematics and, prior to founding the Target companies in 1992, taught math to middle and high school students.
Chuck is Fundraising Success Magazine’s 2007 Fundraising Professional of the Year recipient for Lifetime Achievement received the DMA 2012 Max Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a M.Ed. from Harvard University.
Chuck is very involved with efforts to improve urban, public education and serves on the executive committee of Boston Leaders for Education. He is President of the Longfield Family Foundation and serves on the boards of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact and the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.
Jay B. Love is the CRO and Co-Founder of Bloomerang. He has served this sector for 35 years, is considered the most well known senior statesman whose advice is sought constantly, and has been the CEO of four companies serving the sector.
Jay is a graduate of Butler University. Over the years he has given more than 2,500 speeches around the world for the charity sector and is often the voice of new technology for fundraisers.
Jay is a current Member of the AFP Ethics Committee and former member of the AFP International Board. He was the Founding Chairman of NPower Indiana, Founding Member of Tech Point Foundation and Founding Member of the AFP Business Member Council. He is a former board member of The Lilly School of Philanthropy at IU and Gleaners Food Bank. Jay currently serves on the board of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, The Butler University Innovation Fund, and The Fundraising Effectiveness Project. He is also on the board of several technology companies.
He and his wife Christie, the former Executive Directive for the Lawrence Township Schools Foundation, served as Co-Chairs for the Indianapolis Fort Harrison YMCA 2011 Capital Campaign and are the proud parents of three children as well as seven grandchildren.
DR. MATTHEW NAYLOR
Dr. Matthew Naylor is the President and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. A native of Australia, Matthew began his tenure at the Museum and Memorial in June 2013 and possesses more than 30 years of leadership in the non-profit arena.
Under his leadership, the Museum and Memorial has achieved unprecedented success, breaking records for attendance in each of his first five full years (2014-18) as well as setting records for educational/community event participants, website traffic and media/social media impressions and digital learning. In that timeframe, the number of visitors to Museum and Memorial exhibits, events and programming has increased by more than 60%. During his tenure, the Museum and Memorial has been profiled by media outlets across the world and has generated more than 10 billion earned media impressions.
Matthew also facilitated the establishment of dozens of institutional partnerships across the world. Under his leadership, the National WWI Museum and Memorial presented the world’s leading World War I centennial traveling exhibition with visitation exceeding 6,000,000 in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the Museum and Memorial constructed a new state-of-the-art exhibition space, while serving as the site for national centennial commemoration ceremonies marking U.S. entry into WWI in 2017 and the signing of the armistice in 2018.
Matthew supported a bi-partisan effort from members of Congress in passing legislation to formally recognize the institution as America’s National WWI Museum and Memorial in 2014. In 2015, he was appointed as a Commissioner to the United States World War I Centennial Commission, which is responsible for the nation’s commemoration of the Great War.
Matthew earned a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He serves on boards and committees for several civic and educational initiatives, including the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation Advocacy Council and the Board of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.