Landrum Beard (he/they) is the Director of Advancement, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In this role he is responsible for donor stewardship, donor growth, donor retention, donor experience, and fund development. Prior to joining the EPIP Mr. Beard was the Director of Philanthropy for the Greater Washington Urban League and Executive Director of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative, a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. In those roles, Landrum was focused on improving life outcomes for Black and marginalized clients and increasing philanthropy of color in the region. Landrum has over 17 years of executive fundraising experience in nonprofit, higher education, and foundations. Mr. Beard is a Leadership Buffalo graduate, member of the Thursday Network (Urban League Young Professional) recipient of Buffalo Black Achiever, recipient of the National Foundation for Just Communities (NFJC) WNY Community Philanthropy Award and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In addition, Landrum was selected as one of ten executives nationally for the Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Connection Fellow Leadership fellowship. Beard attended the University at Buffalo (SUNY) for Political Science and Daemen College for Master of Science in Executive Leadership & Change.
Mr. Beard engages cross-cultural populations and creates programming to strengthen bonds and build social capital within Black and marginalized communities. Landrum is an advocate for equity, equality, and generational wealth building in the Black community. In his spare time, you can find Landrum volunteering, traveling, and enjoying time with family.