LFA News

portrait of one new faculty member in the fall of 2023 part 4

Beth Bentley joins the Lake Forest Academy Advancement department, stepping in as the new Director of Individual Philanthropy.

Beth is an accomplished philanthropy professional who began her career in corporate sales with responsibilities as an account manager to a leadership role as a product specialist. Due to her passion for philanthropy as a volunteer, she made the career transition to non-profit fundraising.

Prior to joining LFA, Beth was the Director of Major Gifts for After School Matters, a nationally-recognized youth education organization that provides Chicago teens the opportunity to explore their passions and develop their talents through world-class after school programs across the city. Before her time at After School Matters, Beth had progressive growth through multiple roles at the Chicago Architecture Center (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation), concluding her tenure as the Director of Major and Planned Giving. 

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. She participates regularly in the fundraising community as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Chicago Council on Planned Giving.  

Beth lives in Deerfield with her husband Tom and their son Stone. With more than 20 years in Chicago, Beth’s volunteer experience spans from serving as a tutor with the Chicago Lights program at Fourth Presbyterian Church to the Junior League of Chicago’s Board of Directors. She now enjoys sharing ways of giving back to the community through volunteering with Stone and participating on the PTO Philanthropy committee at his school.

At the top of Beth’s hobby list, you’ll find pickleball and the love for travel as a family, including the mission to fill her National Parks passport full of stamps representing every visit.

Q: What attracted you to LFA? A: The culture. I'm thrilled to join a school community committed to multiculturalism and personal growth for each and every student.

Q: What are you most excited about in your first year? A: All of the firsts, from events on campus to meeting loyal LFA supporters across the country.

Q: What's an LFA event or tradition that you're most looking forward to? A: Upon hearing about the traditions of the All-School Handshake and Move-Up Day, I'm excited to experience them.

Q: Where's your favorite hang-out spot on campus? A: I've enjoyed finding a sofa or a few chairs in a nook in Reid Hall for conversations with colleagues. It doesn't get more cozy than the sofas in front of the fireplace!

Q: What's one fun fact people may not know about you? A: My first job out of college was in New Castle, Ind. as the morning show co-host and news director at the local radio station. What a fun moment, but not the career for me.