December 4, 2012; Washington, D.C. — Scott Steen, CEO of American Forests, announced that Matthew Boyer has been appointed vice president of individual giving, a new position for the organization. A development professional with more than 20 years of fundraising experience, Boyer will be building American Forests’ individual donor program and working strategically with senior management to expand major gifts.

Matthew Boyer

Matthew Boyer. Credit: American Forests

“We are delighted to have Matthew as part of the American Forests team,” says Steen. “I have no doubt that his experience and track record will greatly benefit our organization. He will also be a tremendous asset for our donors, better connecting them to our work of protecting and restoring forests.”

Boyer comes to American Forests from the National Park Foundation, where he was director of major gifts. His prior experience in fundraising for environmental and social justice organizations includes positions at the Human Rights Campaign; The National Foundation for Alternative Medicine; National Parks Conservation Association; and World
Wildlife Fund.

American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 42 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and in 38 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at