Don Rodman

Don Rodman meant so much to so many. No matter the capacity in which you knew him, or for how long, to know Don was to have him leave his mark on you and make your life better in some way.

Don came from humble beginnings, when as children during the Depression he and his brother Gerry would sell newspapers on the corner to help their mom, Anette, put food on the table. After serving our country in the Korean War, marrying his beloved wife of over 60 years Marilyn, having five sons, and working toward the opportunity to open his own Ford dealership, Don, who never forgot those who helped his family along the way, found himself in a position to begin giving back. And did he ever.

Don was philanthropic giant in our community. Nobody cared more, gave more, or influenced more giving. The scope of Don’s impact is immeasurable.

Through Rodman for Kids alone, Don helped to raise more than $150 million for kids. He also championed dozens of other organizations over the span of several decades, undoubtedly making differences that are still felt today.

Don believed that every child deserved opportunities to dream, to grow, and to succeed. Our mission is to continue his incredible legacy to ensure his impact is felt on young people for years to come.