The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation announces the appointment of Jim Dicke II as a Diamond Benefactor

Published: 14 Feb 2017

Mr Jim Dicke II

We are delighted to welcome Mr Jim Dicke II as a Diamond Benefactor of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. 

Mr Dicke joined The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship at the invitation of his brother, Dane, in 1989. Mr Dicke has been recognised as a Member, World Fellow and, in 2013, as a World Fellowship Benefactor and has provided additional support through events and the provision of advice over the years. When asked why he supports the Award and his motivation for accepting the appointment as Diamond Benefactor, Mr Dicke commented simply:

"The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award makes a truly significant difference in young lives. It is a pleasure to support such important work."

Mr Dicke’s pledge of his time, sharing of philanthropic knowledge and making introductions, in addition to an inspirational gift, will support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation globally; however, his residence in Ohio makes him ideally placed to continue his longstanding encouragement of the Award in the United States of America.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides a framework to equip American young people for life.  The ambition of the Award in the United States is to provide this framework to 500,000 young people, one percent of the youth population, by the year 2026.  To achieve this goal, in 2017 the Award in the USA will execute six pilot programs in three key U.S. markets – Chicago, the New York metropolitan area, and the San Francisco/Bay Area.  The generous commitment of time, expertise and resources by Mr Dicke will support the Award to implement both the near-term pilots and the long-term strategy to bring the Award to scale and in turn, transform the lives of thousands of young people across the USA. 

Mr. Dicke’s strategic support allows for the further formation of thoughtful and collaborate partnerships with established youth organisations, engagement of dedicated and highly skilled volunteers and both encourages and reinforces the support of individual and corporate stakeholders in our strategic growth model.  Mr. Dicke’s contribution is both inspiring and empowering and allows The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - USA to provide the framework for young Americans to challenge themselves and exceed expectations.  We look forward to partnering with Mr. Dicke in the United States and together, sharing our learnings and successes with the global Award family at the triennial Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Global Forum in Ghana in October 2018." 

Elizabeth (Buffy) Higgins-Beard, Chief Executive Officer – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - USA.

 

1 Diamond Benefactors are distinct from the World Fellowship, although may of course also support through it. Each Diamond Benefactor will partner with the Foundation over a three-year period to promote the Award in a specific geographical area, such as the Middle East, North America or Sub-Saharan Africa.  For further information regarding Diamond Benefactors, please contact development@intaward.org