Matthew Hugg, Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Matt is known for creating effective major gifts programs “from the ground up.” For more than 20 years, Matt has brought his leadership to his non-profit clients. He helps them build revenue, donor support and visibility. Through his work in higher education, the arts and human services, Matt is a proven leader, adept at growing constituencies and focusing staff on bottom line objectives, all within the context of tight budgetary environments. His specific expertise includes: major gifts; volunteer management; training staff for discovery calls; planned giving marketing; direct mail programs; and executive search.

Development Experience~ Prior to consulting, Matt was the Director of Development and Alumni Relations (chief development officer) for The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where in 30 months he built a comprehensive development program, achieving a record number of gifts and donors in each year. Prior to UArts, Matt served as Associate Vice President at Ursinus College, Director of Development at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and led UC’s nationwide campaign program. He has held a number of development positions with Lebanon Valley College, and started his career as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America in Cape May County, NJ.

Teaching~ Matt teaches fundraising, marketing and philanthropy in nonprofit graduate programs at The Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, Eastern University’s School for Leadership and Development, the John S. Watson School of Public Service at Thomas Edison University of New Jersey and the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Juniata College. His teaching has taken him across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Leadership ~ Matt serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Academics~ Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Natural History from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a Master’s of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.

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