ON-Lion Letter

The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., has announced the selection of David Weekley as the 2015 recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.  The Simon Prize honors the ideals and principles that guided Simon's giving -- including personal responsibility, resourcefulness, volunteerism, scholarship, individual freedom, faith in God, and helping people to help themselves.

Weekley founded a homebuilding company at the age of 23, with a capital investment from his brother Dick.  David Weekley Homes began as a lone trailer in the middle of a field outside Houston, but with its attention to creative design and focus on customer satisfaction, it soon distinguished itself as a "David" against the "Goliath" of national chains.  Since 1976, it has grown to become the largest privately held homebuilder in America, expanding to 20 metropolitan areas and closing more than $1.3 billion worth of new homes in 2014.

Weekley and his wife Bonnie have been committed to charitable giving throughout their 38-year marriage, through both local and international donations.  Weekley gives not only of his wealth, but also of himself to philanthropic work -- dedicating fully half his time as well as half his income to charity for the past two decades.  He is an engaged mentor to entrepreneurial nonprofits at home in Houston and internationally, expecting and coaching them to meet high standards, grow to scale, and achieve self-sufficiency.

As president of the David Weekley Family Foundation, he practices a venture-philanthropy model of investing treasure, time, and talent to grow nonprofits and social enterprises serving the poor and disadvantaged.  The foundation’s international portfolio concentrates on improving education, health, and economic opportunity, with a focus on helping young, innovative organizations expand their proven models to reduce global poverty.

Weekley will be honored during a special dinner at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Philanthropy Roundtable in Dallas in October.  Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports the Roundtable.

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