2021 Honoree - Dr. Matthew Naylor

Matthew Naylor

2021 Excellence in Fundraising Award

Dr. Matthew Naylor possesses decades of leadership and excellence in the nonprofit arena. As President and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Dr. Naylor engages with leaders from national peer organizations in an initiative to foster awareness of the importance of teaching history. Under his leadership, the Museum and Memorial have achieved unprecedented success, breaking records for attendance, educational/community event participants, website traffic and media impressions while bringing an increased level of prominence and significance to our community. In 2020, during an unprecedented time, Dr. Naylor led with confidence and inspired even greater philanthropy. The Museum and Memorial’s current $50 million campaign, A Second Century, raised nearly $20 million in its startup phase and is on pace to far exceed its goal. Matthew not only works for the betterment of the Museum and Memorial, but that of all organizations working towards aspirational goals, while helping individuals connect with the missions and projects most meaningful to them. His vision has elevated the Museum and Memorial’s profile and he has facilitated institutional partnerships for Kansas City throughout the country and around the world, including in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Canada, and his native country of Australia.