Dick Button’s first experience in nonprofit leadership was right out of college as the full-time director of a start-up day care center and pre-school in his hometown when he was grad student. As a result of that experience, Dick completely identifies with nonprofit leadership who feel they are in over their heads, desire training in governance and operations, and do not know to whom to turn!
Dick’s career of over thirty-five years in non-profit leadership started in college admissions, and the last twenty-plus was a senior development officer at Kutztown University and Moravian College. During his twenty years at KU, he had staffing responsibilities for the KU Foundation board’s governance committee, recruitment, and campaigns.
Besides reporting to boards of directors nearly all of his career, Dick has significant experience as a board member himself. He is a past president of the Allentown School District Foundation board and chaired their governance committee for many years. He was on the boards of the Girl Scouts – Great Valley Council, the Mayfair Festival, Inc., and his undergraduate alma mater. He remains active with the ASDF as a volunteer kindergarten reader and chair of the Scholarship Committee. Dick served thirty years on the Allentown City Planning Commission.
He has presented at AFP forums; regional and national meetings of CASE; PASHHE Advancement conferences; state, regional, and national meetings of admissions organizations, the College Board, and American College Testing Program.
Dick holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mount Union and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Kent State University.