Donor Story: Derek Dickow fundraises on behalf of children at networking event

L to R: Andrew Stein, Children’s Foundation President & CEO, Chris Ostrowski, Chief Technology Officer, Dutchie, Claire Moloney, Vice President of Business Operations, Leaflink, Derek Dickow


Over time, Dickow has continued to fundraise at his events on behalf of The Foundation. In June 2022, he raised an additional $40,000 and in November 2022, he raised more than $40,000.

Original story:

In November 2021, Keynote Speaker and Executive Coach, Derek Dickow, hosted his first in-person workshop since March 2020: Power Connections. The number of attendees exceeded his expectations with approximately 400 individuals gathering to network and enable their organizations and businesses to operate, grow, and thrive.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and feeling particularly grateful to again meet in-person, during the mainstage program, Derek presented a personal gift of $5,000 to The Children’s Foundation. He then opened it up the opportunity to match the gift, expecting maybe one person to join. To his surprise, 10 individuals made donations raising $55,700 to improve the health and wellness of children and families.

“I’ve always been a big supporter of The Foundation’s work,” said Dickow. “The goal with this was to not only raise funds, but awareness about what The Foundation is doing.”

Inspired by the success of this spontaneous fundraising component, Derek plans to integrate a giving element into future Power Connections events.

“I hope this will encourage people to pay it forward when they can, however they can.”

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