Matt Soper has joined Hudson River Sloop Clearwater as Director of Development. Soper will be responsible for creating strategies to increase individual giving, foundation and government support, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, and membership.

Matt Soper — Photo courtesy of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Matt Soper — Photo courtesy of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Soper brings extensive experience in major gift fundraising, annual giving, foundation support, and has also worked closely with volunteer boards and development committees. Prior to joining Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Soper served as Director of Development at Bard College and Associate Director of Leadership Gifts at Vassar College. Earlier in his career, he was Director of the Community Service Center at New York University and a technology salesman in San Francisco.

“Clearwater is excited to bring Matt on board,” said Peter Gross, executive director, in announcing the appointment. “The wealth of development experience and knowledge he brings, as well as his familiarity with foundations and nonprofits, will be invaluable to Clearwater. I look forward to working with Matt in continuing to increase our funding base, which will help expand the scope and impact of Clearwater’s programs.”

Soper received his master’s in non-profit management from New York University Gallatin School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Vassar College. He is a Town of New Paltz youth soccer and basketball coach, Vassar College admission volunteer and has served as fundraising consultant for Elting Library and Dutchess County Red Cross. He and his family live in New Paltz.


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