NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Technologist and Entrepreneur
FUNDING AREAS: Military & Veterans, Education
OVERVIEW: Buddy Beck and his wife Charlotte do their grantmaking through the Beck Foundation, which seeks to help "those who serve the nation and surrounding communities."
BACKGROUND: Buddy G. Beck graduated with a bachelor's in chemistry from Arkansas State University and a master's from the University of Southern California. Beck began his business career in 1984 with Atlantic Systems Research & Engineering, the first of several companies he founded, oversaw or acquired, a list that includes Coleman Research Corporation, Thermo Electron Corporation, and Viisage Technology, Inc.
MILITARY & VETERANS: Last decade the Beck Foundation spearheaded the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s wounded veterans, at Arkansas State University. The Beck PRIDE Center now provides “education, rehabilitation, and reliable support systems to over 80 veterans.” Prior to working in business, Beck served in the military.
EDUCATION: The Beck Foundation also supports various universities and educational institutions, including programs in entrepreneurship, performing arts, and athletics. Grantees include GMU Foundation, Arkansas State University Foundation, and Texas A&M Foundation.
OTHER: The foundation has supported National MS Society, Feed the Hungry, Army Emergency Relief, and Tamarack Environmental Preservation.
LOOKING FORWARD: Beck and Charlotte have expanded their philanthropic interests through the years, so new giving may emerge in the coming years. Expect their core interests in the armed forces and education to remain, however.