Community philanthropists receive national award

Judy and Steve Meyer feel that their community has contributed greatly to their success and believe it’s their duty to give back, giving generously of both time and resources to support community needs.
Their philanthropic nature and contributions to North Idaho College recently earned them the prestigious Council for Resource Development (CRD) Benefactor Award.
The CRD is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges made up of professionals and leaders in community college resource development.
The benefactor award was presented before more than 500 community college administrators and development officers at the gala awards banquet the CRD’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.
“These visionary leaders exemplify philanthropy at its finest and demonstrate each day that two people can and do make a difference in shaping a brighter future to benefit the greater population,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson in her nomination. “Their unwavering commitment to education as well as other critically-important public services and entities throughout the region enhances the quality of life we all enjoy.”
The Meyers were among 10 donors from different regions across the United States honored with the benefactor award, which is intended to honor donors for their support of community and technical colleges nationwide.
They were surprised in Washington, D.C., by their sons and daughters-in-law who flew in unannounced to attend the gala and see them receive the award. Chris and Sarah Meyer live in Seattle, Wash., and Drew and Edith Meyer live in Santa Cruz, Ca.
The Meyers endowed the Meyer Technology and Equipment Fund with a $1 million gift to the NIC Foundation through the Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign in September. In response, the NIC Board of Trustees approved the naming of the new facility in their honor—the Meyer Health and Sciences Building.
Their gift will create an endowment for technology and equipment enhancement campuswide. The endowed fund will live in perpetuity, ensuring a continued source of revenue to benefit future generations of NIC students.
“Steve and Judy Meyer’s support of NIC has been unwavering,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “Their gift of support for the entire campus, including the Health and Sciences Building, is an unprecedented statement of their love for what community colleges can do for all of us. They are remarkable.”
Both Judy and Steve are active in the college’s governance.
Judy Meyer was elected to the NIC Board of Trustees in 1990. She was appointed by the governor to the Idaho State Board of Education in 1994 and was elected president of the board of education in 1998. She was elected again to a six-year term on the NIC board in 2002.
Steve Meyer has been a director with the NIC Foundation, the college’s private fundraising division, for more than 20 years. He has helped the foundation grow to the $10 million level, augmenting the organization’s ability to provide supplemental support to enhance the mission of the college and support NIC students, employees and programs.

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NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005

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