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Donald Whitney comes from a family of givers. He believes that helping your community in any fashion is part of gratifying life. In this episode, Don shares local family history dating back to the early 1800’s. He talks about the joy of being an educator and school administrator. Plus, he gives listeners a glimpse into the stewardship of a private foundation linked to his family, and what’s necessary to involve students in philanthropy.

Donald Whitney

“Philanthropy is so important because it creates a culture. It creates a culture that, the more we give, the better it is for everyone. So that’s very, very important … We can always do more. We have to remember that.”
– Donald Whitney

  • 2:10

    Family ties to the War of 1812

  • 5:35

    Dabbling in education and local business

  • 12:35

    The history of the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation

  • 16:40

    Why celebrating philanthropy with students is important



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In 2001, faculty and staff stand in front of the new Case Middle School in Watertown. Don was the principal at Case and worked within the Watertown City School District for nearly 40 years.
Don and his wife, Linda, enjoy a middle school boat dance on the St. Lawrence River. Don was principal at Case Middle School in Watertown and would treat more than 300 students to the boat dance each spring. Don serves at president of the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation located in Rochester. He’s pictured here with his board of trustees at a meeting in September 2009. Don with his grandson, Seth Wekar, standing by a black cherry tree in July 2014. Don and his wife, Linda, attend their 50th high school reunion in August 2016. They are standing in front of a 1940 Chevrolet truck. Don always did his best to encourage education in all facets for his students.
Construction takes place at Case Middle School in 2000 in the city of Watertown. The Whitney family gathers for a birthday celebration. Don with his grandsons, Kaeden (left) and William (right) in August 2015.

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