I’m David Dendy, the new Vice President for Philanthropy for the University of Dubuque. Of all the days to start this great adventure I chose April Fool’s Day 2012. Some people might think me a fool for accepting a position that deals with “fund raising” at a time like this when our country is in the throes of a recession and discretionary income and money is “tight”.
But I believe that I have been called to this position for “such a time as this”. According to dictionary.com philanthropy is defined as – “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.”
Two words stick out for me in that definition – advancement and generosity. I have the privilege of helping people join together to advance the Mission and Vision of the University of Dubuque. The second half of that privilege is helping people realize the joy of being generous.
Have you ever heard the phrase – “Give until it hurts”? Maybe someone from a pulpit or an overbearing phone solicitor has used that phrase. I don’t know about you but my experience in life has been “I hurt when I don’t give.”
When I don’t give of my time, when I hold on tightly to my hard-earned money, when I don’t give of myself that is when I hurt the most. I have never been hurt by being generous in helping the advancement of a life, an institution, or a cause.
I am thrilled to be at the University of Dubuque, and I look forward to partnering with you to generously advance the Mission and Vision of the University of Dubuque to become the school God has called us to be.
Blessings of peace and joy to you this day!