Loyal Giving

Richard Perl ’75

Growing up in the Jewish community, Richard Perl ’75 learned early on that giving to a wide range of causes is an integral component of his faith.

“I really learned from my parents,” Richard shares, noting that his mother and father were active in the United Jewish Appeal and many other local community programs. “When I got out of college, my parents said, ‘You have a job, so now it’s time to give back. There are those in the next generation who need the benefit of what you can contribute.’ And that was what got me started.”

“In the Jewish community, it is an obligation to give, and to support. Giving to something makes you part of the community.”


A School of Business alumnus, Richard has been making gifts to the IC Annual Fund for 45 consecutive years and has contributed $1,000 or more for the past 40 years. Richard donates to the fund to support the comprehensive IC experience, as it allows for maximum flexibility and enables funds to be distributed where they’re needed most, when they’re needed most.

“Things change over your life,” Richard says. “Your friends from high school, friends from college—things evolve. But one thing that doesn’t change is that giving is an important responsibility at any level.”