PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) recently announced the hiring of Matthew Buck as its new Marketing and Communications Coordinator, effective May 15.
Buck comes to CFSEK and its affiliates, the Columbus Area Community Foundation, Fort Scott Area Community Foundation, and Girard Area Community Foundation, with a unique skill set that will provide more community awareness through increased marketing and public relations.
“We are excited to welcome Matthew to the team,” said Devin Gorman, CFSEK Executive Director. “He will be a tremendous asset in increasing communication with our nonprofit partners, donors, and the entire Southeast Kansas region. His passion and dedication will help CFSEK strengthen our message and share more of our remarkable stories. ”
As a southeast Kansas native, Buck earned a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Communications, with a minor in Marketing. Although this opportunity is his first professional experience in the world of nonprofit work, he is no stranger to supporting his community and helping people.
Buck has been engaged with the SEK community for many years. As a Pittsburg High School graduate, he participated in several annual food drives and community outreach programs. As a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Wichita State, Buck served as a chapter Vice President for two years and helped coordinate several community cleanup projects. Buck currently serves on the Pittsburg Community Theatre board of directors as the Media Director. He can usually be found on stage with PCT or cheering on the Gorillas at Pitt State football games.
“I am so excited to be joining the CFSEK team," Buck said when asked about his new position. “CFSEK has a storied history of helping our community in a variety of ways, from grants to scholarships, one of which I received to help me pay for college. I really feel like I’ve come full-circle, and I can’t wait to continue serving the community I care for so deeply!”
The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is a local public charitable foundation that awarded over $2 million in grants from all foundation funds in 2022 and has facilitated over $20 million in grants since its inception in 2001. The Community Foundation serves the region by providing donors with a wide variety of charitable interests and encouraging charitable giving, which addresses present and future needs in our area. More information about CFSEK is available at SoutheastKansas.org.
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