Matthew P. Ehlman
co-Founder & Managing Principal
Matt formed The Numad Group with Ted and Kerry after five years as vice president for advancement at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where he also volunteered for two years following his undergraduate studies. He understands how important it is to bring people from across organizations—and across the country—together to creatively develop and lead comprehensive fundraising efforts.
His leadership has led to organizations realizing the highest foundation and grant support in their history—upwards of $4 million for one organization in the past year alone. He has also created donor development and cultivation strategies, and consulted on the successful implementation of those strategies. He also collaborates with his partners Ted and Kerry in the development of donor communication and brand development strategies and tools.
During his time at Red Cloud, the organization experienced unprecedented growth in their advancement effort—even at a time marred by an economic downturn that effected many fundraising programs. Matt led a team of 15 staff members from across the country that raised more than $70 million, a 44 percent increase over the prior five years. This was done while reducing fundraising expenses to below the 2005 level. Foundation and corporate support grew by 400 percent in four years, major gift support included six- and seven-figure gifts and government support increased by $1.5 million. His team designed and implemented the Hope. Alive. campaign, which raised $12.7 million in capital and endowment funds, surpassing the initiative’s $10.5 million goal 18 months early.
Most recently, he led the strategy and implementation of a fundraising and communication program for an arts and entrepreneurial non-profit program in the Midwest region, which began as an event hoping to raise $12,500 and turned into an initiative that has raised more than $225,000 to date. He is also currently completing his doctoral dissertation for a PhD in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Center on Philanthropy (IUPUI).
Rapid City, South Dakota
Bachelor of Arts in Finance, St. Ambrose University
Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, Indiana University