Donn Weinberg is Chairman and Executive Vice President of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, a $2 billion independent, private, charitable foundation based in Baltimore, Maryland, and Honolulu, Hawaii. The Weinberg Foundation's mission is to fund nonprofits that provide direct services to economically disadvantaged people, primarily in the U.S., Israel, and the Former Soviet Union.
Donn has been employed full-time by the Foundation since 1993, and also has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2002. He became Chairman in February of 2010. Before joining the Foundation, Donn was a trial lawyer in Maryland for 15 years. In college he had a double major in philosophy and communications, and in law school he served as editor-in-chief of Law Review. Since September 2007, as a hobby, Mr. Weinberg has been a volunteer singer-entertainer at older adult residential and day facilities in the Baltimore area and for some nonprofit fundraisers.
Linda Childears has been involved with the Daniels Fund since its inception. She was appointed by Bill Daniels as both a trustee of his estate and a member of Daniels Fund Board of Directors. In 2005, the Daniels Fund Board elected her President and CEO. She brings a passion for the work of the Fund, and she is dedicated to preserving and honoring donor intent.
The Daniels Fund carries forward Bill Daniels' legacy of generosity by providing grants to nonprofit organizations and college scholarships to deserving students in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The Daniels Fund is one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain Region, with approximately $1 billion in assets.
Linda originally met Bill Daniels when he hired her bank consulting company, The Financial Consortium, to help overcome the unique operational, legal, and regulatory challenges of launching his bank for kids, Young Americans Bank. Linda worked alongside Bill to plan, organize, and launch this state-chartered, FCIC-insured bank, which offers hands-on experience with real banking services exclusively to young people under 22. It was also during this time that Linda accepted Bill's offer to become President and CEO of Young Americans Bank. Companion educational programs, such as Young AmeriTowne, were developed to teach free enterprise, global economics, and entrepreneurship. During Linda's 18 years of leadership, Young Americans reached over 287,700 young people. From its headquarters directly across the street from the Daniels Fund, Young Americans continues to grow along with its customers.
Prior to Young Americans, Linda spent several years in "adult" banking. She served as President of Equitable Bank of Littleton and Vice President of First National Bancorporation. She also served the industry as a board member for Colorado Bankers Association, Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Colorado Student Loan Program, and as Chairman of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation.
Linda is active in the Denver community and currently serves on the boards of the Cheyenne Capital Fund, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and The Philanthropic Collaborative. She is a member of the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance Leadership Council. She has served as Chairman of the National Assembly (a coalition of more than 60 major national human service organizations), National Camp Fire, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Past board positions include Alliance for Choice in Education, Cherry Creek Business Improvement District, CollegeInvest, Colorado Meth Project, Daniels College of Business, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Denver Public Schools Foundation, DU Bridge Project, Foundation for Teaching Economics, Johnson & Wales University, Junior Achievement, Mile High United Way, National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, OpenWorld Learning, and Young Americans Center for Financial Education.