With over 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Beth Harp has developed a diverse skill-set in fundraising, donor relations, event creation and production, board cultivation, volunteer recruitment and management, communications and board governance.
Beth graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Marketing and began her career in the nonprofit sector at Child Advocates. Over six years with Child Advocates, Beth led the staff to raise the annual budget to $2 million, and served as the organization’s spokesperson.
Beth spent the next ten years of her career as the Director of Sponsorships for the nation’s largest children’s festival, Houston’s Children’s Festival. Beth raised more than $35 million in sponsorships and created relationships with more than 250 companies and corporations.
Beth continues to apply her diverse background and skills as the Executive Director for Kids’ Meals Inc., the nation’s only meals-on-wheels program for preschool-aged children living in severe poverty. Over the last 9 years at Kids’ Meals, Beth has led efforts to grow the Kids’ Meals annual budget by 300% by developing and implementing creative fundraising and marketing strategies. Beth also created the annual Harvest Luncheon event that grew from 120 attendees and $15,000 net revenue to 1,000 attendees and over $250,000 net revenue.
Her hard work and devotion for helping children has led to Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, to proclaim July 21st as “Kids’ Meals Day” in Houston, Texas
As the Executive Director for Kids’ Meals, Beth is working to create a strategic 5-year plan to grow the organization and feed one million children in need by 2020.
To date, Beth has raised over $40 million to help improve the lives of underprivileged Houston-area children and families.