Category: Features

Opening vistas and fueling dreams through Adopt A Class

Philanthropist of the Year Bill Burwinkel, founder of Adopt A Class

You don’t have to convince Bill Burwinkel, winner of this year’s National Philanthropy Day Philanthropist of the Year award, about the importance of a good education and career guidance.After quitting high school to join the Army he bounced from job to job, never able to get a promotion because he lacked a college degree.

A career of turning on the lights in donor’s hearts and minds

John Olberding by Tina Gutierrez for Movers and Makers 2022

“When I think of the great families I had the privilege of working with, they all needed help, whether they were a Herschede, a Rosenthal, a Corbett, a Lindner, a Durr, a Fath or a Budig. Many of the great families who have given so much had to learn how to do it by teaching themselves or getting help along the way.”