Tale of a Philanthropist
I would talk about our program needs, funding priorities and development services. Gene would politely tell me that while important, it did not fit his funding interests. The funny thing is, after several visits, he knew and I knew that I did not truly want to see him just to ask for funds. I loved being in his presence and learning about his life, dreams and ways I could make an impact by serving others.
Hundreds like me followed in this important ritual. He showed me that if you ask for funds you must be prepared and have a strong case for support that fits the grantor's mission and purpose.
He cared about you as a person regardless of social status. He sent several personal letters plus a signed book to me over the years. I know he created hundreds of personal letters to others in the community. He had a very strong value system. What I love about the development profession is that it is all about relationships and promoting philanthropy.
Gene and I love quotes. One of his favorites is, "One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child."
I know the world is better because of Gene Glick. I miss him already.
Duke Haddad, Ed.D., CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis. He also serves as president of Duke Haddad and Associates LLC and is a freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO since 2008.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration plus a dissertation on donor characteristics. He received a master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis on public administration plus a thesis on annual fund analysis. He secured a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) with an emphasis on marketing/management. He has done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
Duke has received the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. He also was given the Outstanding West Virginian Award, Kentucky Colonel Award and Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the governors of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, for his many career contributions in the field of philanthropy.