The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Natalie Beck

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Natalie Beck

Natalie Beck

President and CEO, Community Foundation

Who was your first mentor in life?

My most influential mentors were my parents, David and Linda Doom. My parents lead by example and provided unconditional support and encouragement. What I have achieved and become as a person today is due to their guidance and support. I’m also extremely thankful for my in-laws, Darrell and Ursula Beck, who were “role mentors” in the evolution of my outlook on giving. The Becks gave in a way that was heartfelt and consistent. My husband Matt and I continue to emulate his parents in how we support our community through philanthropy.

What was your most memorable lesson?

Don’t hesitate when you should act. In 2007, I was blessed with the opportunity to donate a kidney to my father. There is no greater blessing than to save someone’s life. This experience taught me that life is short and the future is promised to no one.

What does community mean to you?

Community is tangible; community is cohesive; community brings people together in ways that allow them to do things they can’t do alone. Community means together, we can accomplish great things!

Why are you involved in the community?

This community is my home. I’m involved because it feels good to have an impact. I’m motivated by helping others. I’m inspired by all the goodness I see in Macon County.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

Life is much more enjoyable when you give back. You may be able to give in the form of your time, advice, a smile, encouragement, or money. Giving doesn’t have to be a certain amount and it doesn’t have to be difficult. I encourage people to give kindness first, to be present in the lives of those they encounter. Find an organization or group to give their time and volunteer in a way that brings joy. Volunteering will connect you to others and strengthen our community.