MATTHEW GERKEN

PARTNER

As a partner at American Philanthropic, Matt Gerken focuses on overall development strategy, audits and assessments, and fundraising services. He has a particular interest in mid-level giving strategies, planned giving, and leveraging and interpreting data to maximize the efficiency and intelligence of his clients’ operations.

Matt began his career with Teach for America, teaching world history to sophomores in south Texas—still the hardest job he ever had. He also worked as a program director at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Matt studied intellectual history at Yale and resides in the Chicago area with his wife, three sons, and one daughter. He enjoys dodging angry Chicago drivers as he bikes to work, reading history and poetry, and amateur astronomy.

Featured Work

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20-minute fundraising fix: planned-giving language check

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Millennial donors don’t matter

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Market turmoil underlines the importance of small donors & diversified support

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Top 5 changes for nonprofits from the COVID legislation

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3 shockingly common hiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

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4 ways foundations make bad decisions