Matthew Boyer serves as vice president of development for American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. With more than 25 years of fundraising and non-profit experience, he has helped advance a wide variety of philanthropic causes, most notably those involved in working to promote conservation. An avid lover of nature and wildlife, Boyer has been a key player in supporting some of the most notable organizations engaged in preserving our wild heritage. He has served as a vice president of development for the National Parks Conservation Association and American Forests, national director for the National Park Foundation. He has also used his skills to bring in critical resources for the World Wildlife Fund, one of the most recognized and respected animal charities in the world, and served in senior positions for high-profile advocacy groups including Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine.
Boyer holds a BS in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the Leadership Development Institute Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has served on several nonprofit boards.
Boyer owns a small farm in Virginia’s horse and wine country where he breeds goats and miniature horses. He spends his free time riding his rescued Tennessee Walking Horse through the Shenandoah mountains and surrounding areas. He is an avid camper and national park enthusiast, having visited more than 225 national park sites. An explorer by nature, he has traveled to some of the most remote places in the United States, studying a wide range of wildlife from the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska to Monarch butterflies during their migration to Mexico.
Throughout his life Boyer has found his greatest peace when surrounded by animals whether it be his pack of dogs, herd of goats, or his horse. He feels his work at American Humane is not just a job, but a calling.