Beth Hammock has thirty years of development and communications experience. From 2005 to 2014 she worked in development communications at two universities: University of Missouri and University of Montana Foundation. During her time at Mizzou the university surpassed a $600 million campaign goal and decided to continue the campaign for another three years. The campaign went on to top $1 billion in 2008.
She moved to Montana in 2010 to serve as vice president, strategic communications and marketing for the University of Montana Foundation. As a member of the executive team, she worked closely with the board, campus leaders, and major donors. She built a communications and donor relations program from the ground up and led a rebranding project as a special assistant to the university’s president. The foundation’s productivity increased significantly during Beth’s tenure as vice president. The year she started, 2010, the foundation brought in $14 million. In 2014, donors contributed $44 million.
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognizes Beth’s leadership. She served on the faculty for the annual Campaign Communications Conference in 2011. In 2014, she coordinated judging of the fundraising videos in the international Circle of Excellence Awards. And in 2009 she led the judging of fundraising publications for the same competition. The University of Montana Foundation received CASE awards for its 2011 annual report and website design.
Hammock Communications grew out of Beth’s love for strengthening brands and increasing revenue for organizations she cares about. Clients have included University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, University of Missouri-Kansas City Honors College, University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Foundation, International Brotherhood of Magicians, SPS Publications, Unity of Missoula, and Soul Seat. Beth launched the business in 2009 while working at Mizzou. She began consulting full-time in summer 2015.
Beth began her career as a TV news producer and reporter. She worked three years in Savannah, Georgia, then moved home to Missouri. She spent eight years at WDAF-TV as a producer. Beth’s time in TV ended after the birth of her twin sons. She started in public relations with Kansas City (Missouri) Public Schools. She later was community relations director with the Independence (Missouri) School District and the Missouri Office of the Attorney General. Her service has included a term as president of the Missouri School Public Relations Association.
After living in Montana four years, Beth moved back to Missouri again in 2014 for a job as editor of Daily Word, Unity’s flagship publication. She’s happy to be back in the Midwest, where we love our baseball, blues, and barbecue.
Beth belongs to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid-America Chapter, Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit, and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.
She is mother to four adult children and an adorable Welsh corgi. She loves to hike, ski, and travel.