Giving Back @ SW&A

Everyone of us – regardless of our station in life or our personal situations – are beneficiaries of the goodness of those who have gone before us, our parents and our grandparents and their neighbors and friends, who built our churches and our schools, who built our society’s infrastructure, who built the fraternal organizations and service organizations and not-for-profits that make such a difference in lives.

Delaware communitySociety depends on each of us to “Give Back,” not just to be takers and consumers who only drink at the well that was left us. Each of us has a moral responsibility to give back, to “tithe” – whatever the percentage – of our time, our talent and our treasure.

Even in a small firm, like SW&A, that has been a lifelong ethic for us, and we look for people – associates, clients, friends, and others – who share that ethic, that value.

Over the last 30 years, or so, Sam Waltz has been active on literally dozens of Boards, working to make a difference.

1. Active Boards

Among the Boards on which he is most active today are…

Abraham Lincoln Society (ALS)
The Abraham Lincoln Society was founded as a global and national community of individuals and organizations who share an interest and passion about President Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest president. Its mission is to provide a vehicle and forum for education, communication and concerted action among individuals and organizations.

Sam Waltz is the founder and CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Society.

Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) and their Jeanne Jugan Residence (JJR)…
The order of the Little Sisters of the Poor was founded near Rennes, France, in the 1840s by Saint Jeanne Jugan (canonized by Pope Benedict in October 2009) as an order to provide care to the impoverished elderly who lined the streets of French towns and cities. Starting with the homes St. Jeanne Jugan founded in France, today the Sisters serve in 31 countries, with nearly 30 homes in the United States.

Sam Waltz has served since the 1990s on the Board of LSP Jeanne Jugan Residence near Christiana, DE, where he is Board VP, with leadership roles in Board Development, Fund-Raising and related activities, and, over the years, his entire family has been involved in helping the Sisters with their blessed mission. He chaired its Centennial Mass in 2001 (celebrating 100 years in Delaware), and in 2008 and 2009, he and his wife Sandi chaired the first two gala events, now called “Share the Care.”

Stand Up for What’s Right & Just (SURJ)…
Founded in 2000 by former Delaware Governors Dale Wolf (a mentor to Sam Waltz) and Russell Peterson, and by Delaware legal legends Edmund “Ned” Carpenter and Victor Battaglia Sr., SURJ exists as an advocate for Social Justice and Criminal Justice reform, particularly for elimination and reduction of “mandatory minimums” and community reentry by released prisoners.

Sam Waltz serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of SURJ, where he helps shapes Advocacy strategy including Reputation and Relationship Management, and for which he is chair of SURJ’s first ever fund-raising luncheon in October 2010 that will create the Edmund “Ned” Carpenter Social Justice Award.

Rotary Club of Wilmington (RCW) and formerly Greenville-Centreville Rotary…
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

A Charter Member in the early-mid 1990s and 2nd President of the Greenville-Centreville (DE) Rotary Club, Sam Waltz has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington for over a decade. RCW is the world’s oldest Rotary Club meeting the same day at the same time in the same room, at Noon Thursdays in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel DuPont. Sam, a Paul Harris Fellow for about 15 years, is an active member of the RCW’s Program and Chaplain’s Committees, and he’s also active in membership development.

Lincoln Club of Delaware (LCD)…
Founded in 1929, and formally chartered in 1941, the Lincoln Club of Delaware is a Membership Organization that is the seat of Delaware’s “Lincoln Community,” a non-partisan organization to promote a better understanding of the ideals, achievements and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. It is one of the oldest and largest Lincoln Clubs in the country, and it occupies a unique stewardship role for one of the country’s larger and finer collection of Lincolniana in the Special Collection of the Morris Library at the University of Delaware.

Sam Waltz has been a member of the LCD for about 20 years, and he served as its President in 2001, succeeding University of Delaware president David Roselle, and preceding the Hon. Jane Maroney, a retired State of Delaware legislator. He remains active on its Board and Executive Committee for which he is in his 4th year as Board Secretary.

University of Delaware Council for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship (UDCEEE)
The University of Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship was formed in 1971 to address the need to incorporate economics and entrepreneurship in the K-12 curriculum as an important complement to the reading, writing and math curriculum. Sam Waltz has served as an active Board member since about 1994.

Delaware Safety Council (DSC)…
Established in 1919, the Delaware Safety Council, Inc. is a private, non-governmental, non-profit safety resource and training organization. The Delaware Safety Council serves more than 350 business members in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Council’s mission is to promote the protection of life and health on the highway, in the workplace, in the home, and in the community by actively providing education/training resources and services. Sam Waltz has served as an active Board member for almost 10 years, providing advice and counsel broadly on organizational, policy, reputational and relationship issues.

Among the other organizations which he and SW&A have supported are…

2. Faith-Based


Delaware Leadership Foundation (DLF) Prayer Breakfast

Cathedral Choir School of the Episcopal Diocese of Wilmington

3. Public Health

Public Health

ACS American Cancer Society (ACS)
AHA American Heart Assn (AHA)
March of Dimes (MoD)
The Wellness Community (TWC) now known as The Cancer Community
Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR)

4. Business

White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB)
Governor’s Conference on Small Business (GCSB)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DSCC)
New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCC)

5. Historical, Arts & Cultural

Fort Delaware Society
Hagley Museum
Delaware State Fair
Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Center for Creative Arts
Grand Opera House
Delaware Theatre Co.

6. Professional Society

PRSA Public Relations Society
COF College of Fellows
International Conference
PPs Past Presidents
AFP Assn of Fund Raising Professionals
SHRM Society of Human Relations Execs
DEC Delaware Employers Committee
IPA Intl Platform Assn