Dick passionately says that there are three stages in life: Learning, Earning, and Returning. He believes that once one has had the opportunity to learn and has put in the work to earn, it is finally time to return — to give back to the community that he loves so well, through leadership, volunteering, and philanthropy. He lives this belief every day as evidenced in the long list of accomplishments.
As a community leader, Dick helped launch the Achieve Quad Cities program, designed to reduce the high school dropout rate. He served as Chairman for the United Way campaign for the Quad Cities. He was a member of the Quad City Times Editorial Board, served on the Task Force for a Quad City Scan, and passionately served his church and the Diocese of Davenport.
Dick has volunteered at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend for over 20 years, including eight years on the Board of Directors, two years as the Board Chair, and volunteering in a staff position as the Director of Corporate Relations. He also contributed funds to set up the first-ever Donor Advised Fund at the CFGRB, which has granted to over 70 non-profits in the Quad Cities community.
Dick served on the steering committee for the Genesis Health Foundation’s Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House endowment and he continues to sere on the Genesis Health System Foundation Board of Directors today. Dick has served on the Board of Directors for The Carmelite System, Center for Active Seniors (CASI), Handicapped Development Center, Family Resources, and Advisory Council for the Business School at St. Ambrose University, Diocese of Davenport and St. John Vianney.
These contributions tell only the story of Dick’s volunteer impact. As a professional, Dick developed an innovative participatory management style that was written about in the book Worker Leadership: America’s Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness, published in 2013.
Dick believes that personal philanthropy is important — he strives not to just meet fundraising goals, but to achieve goals that effect change at a community-wide level for greatest impact.
This article was shared from the AFP 2018 National Philanthropy Day Conference Book and the nomination printed was written by Sherry Ristau, Quad Cities Community Foundation