Tom Beech has held CEO leadership positions with The Minneapolis Foundation, the Burnett Foundation in Fort worth, Texas, and the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He served on the national Boards of Directors of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Funders Concerned About AIDS and the Institute for Community Peace. He has written and consulted extensively on non-profit governance and resilience and community development, building relationships based on candor, trust, mutual respect and integrity. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Tom received his undergraduate education at Carleton College and graduate education at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. He lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Carol, an artist who creates large abstract oil paintings. They have two sons, Jerry and Michael.


The Courage to Lead in Family Philanthropy: a Special Pre-Forum Retreat for Board Members and CEOs

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Cindy Johnson, Thomas Beech

This special retreat is an opportunity for participants to explore fundamental questions of leadership, impact, sustainability and self-care. It is based on the work of Parker Palmer, noted author and co-founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, offering time for small group dialogue and reflection in a safe, trustworthy space. The retreat will focus on the alignment of our personal… Read More