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The Gift of Giving

BY Jen Press Marden | November 6, 2018 | Feature Features National

Philanthropic leader Tom Quick explains why he is so active in giving back and what those dollars raised mean for people in Palm Beach County and beyond.

Tom Quick has been a strong and consistent example of what some might call a philanthropist for most of his life. And, yet, he is not that comfortable being referred to as one. As a board member of, frankly, too many charities and nonprofits to mention, and a member of the family business, Quick and Reilly Inc. (a discount stock brokerage firm on Wall Street), Quick’s approach and ease around giving back might be easy to jump to conclusions about. But he has some big shoes to fill—and, yet, he’s taken his own path toward philanthropic leadership and set an outstanding example of what a modern-day philanthropist looks like. It’s often said that the gift is in the giving. Quick is helping to define philanthropic leadership in Palm Beach and beyond with an acute awareness of the gifts he’s been afforded through his family’s legacy, but even more so through his active and continued commitment to promoting the welfare of others. Here, he chats that vision and approach.

What does being a philanthropist mean to you? When I think about the word philanthropy, I think about the original great leaders in this country and about the way they shared their wealth in that time. I’ve never thought of myself as a philanthropist, as I’ve considered most of them to be much older than I am! I view myself as someone who is very fortunate, where I have both the means and time to give back to the communities in which I live. I go to my office every day and use a significant amount of my time giving back.

Do you have a vision of what could be accomplished in Palm Beach with respect to those charities and nonprofits that you support? Are you hopeful? Absolutely. We just broke ground with a new Boys and Girls Club building in Belle Glade, an hour west of Palm Beach, where children have grown up and all know someone who has been shot or murdered. It’s a place where kids are used to hearing guns being fired and police sirens throughout the day and night. There’s a drug den across from the front entrance to the Boys and Girls Club right now. These kids don’t necessarily have a lot of great role models, so it’s not just about giving money, it’s about giving time and helping to give these children an opportunity to have a safe haven and keep them out of harm’s way by making their lives easier.

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