Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, recently became the only non-profit executive to ever receive the Responsible CEO of the Year Award from Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine.
The awards program was organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility Association and presented at CR Magazine's Responsible CEO of the Year Awards dinner October 19 in New York City. It recognizes CEOs who exceed standards in employee relations, environmental impact and sustainability, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices.
One of three CEOs recognized in 2016, Shadyac said he was honored to receive the award on behalf of everyone at ALSAC working to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, as well as in their communities.
"At ALSAC, we feel it is our responsibility to not only serve the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but also help strengthen and improve the communities in which we live. We often challenge ourselves and others with this question posed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?'"
ALSAC President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac Jr.
ALSAC employees responded to Shadyac’s call to community service in 2015 by contributing more than 10,000 hours of service that helped people through more than 100 organizations.
In addition to leading the organization that raises funds to support St. Jude, Shadyac sets an example of community service. If ALSAC employees are cheering runners at a marathon for St. Jude, Shadyac will be among the runners raising funds. And when he is not on the road for one of ALSAC’s many fundraising events, Shadyac and his wife volunteer at bingo nights at St. Jude Target House, St. Jude’s long-term residence for patient families.
Since taking the helm of ALSAC in 2009, Shadyac has led the non-profit organization to record-breaking achievements, guiding strategic efforts that have increased fundraising revenue by 70 percent since the start of his tenure. Additionally, the St. Jude brand was named the highest quality brand for two years in a row and the top healthcare nonprofit three years in a row in the Harris Interactive EquiTrend® study of more than 95,000 U.S. consumers and 3,500 for-profit and non-profit brands.