The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to welcome Chris Beach as the Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services, effective October 1.
Beach comes to The Minneapolis Foundation from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, where he became President of that organization’s Foundation and Chief Development Officer in July 2015. As a key member of the senior leadership team at Lutheran Social Service, he was responsible for building financial resources to support greater organizational impact and visibility throughout Minnesota. He was also responsible for its property department and statewide volunteer program.
Prior to joining Lutheran Social Service, Chris was a member of the Totino-Grace High School faculty for more than a decade, rising from an English teacher and track coach to Executive Development Officer and, eventually, Vice President. He managed fundraising operations, enrollment and financial aid, marketing and communications and helped to develop a strategic plan to grow the school’s community culture.
At The Minneapolis Foundation, Beach will oversee the Foundation’s Philanthropic Services group, partnering with the Foundation’s donors to help them achieve their charitable goals and increase their positive impact in the community. He will also work closely with Foundation leadership as they prepare to launch a new strategic framework in 2020.
“Chris’s passion for team building and experience in the nonprofit world make him ideally suited to lead philanthropic efforts at a community foundation, where we both grow a community of generous people and partner with them on making an impact in the community,” said R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation.
The Minneapolis Foundation administers more than 1,300 charitable funds established by generous individuals, families, and businesses. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $85 million in grants and raised more than $75 million in charitable assets, making 2018-2019 one of the most successful years in the Foundation’s 104-year history.
Beach received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. A few years later, he returned to St. Mary’s, where he earned a master’s in Educational Leadership. His higher education continued as a participant in a leadership development program offered at The Lasallian Leadership Institute and LECNA Fellows Program.
“The legacy and rich history of The Minneapolis Foundation prove that as a community, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” Beach said. “I look forward to partnering with donors to turn their passion into action, building relationships in our community, and working with our great team to help change lives.”
Beach succeeds the Foundation’s former Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Ellen Goldberg Luger.