Nominated by Indian Creek Nature Center and UnityPoint Health Jones Regional Medical Center as Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Charlie Becker was raised in Dubuque, Iowa. From a young age, Charlie has had a love of history and government. During his junior year in high school, he became the first male page from Dubuque County to serve in the Iowa legislature. He attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in political science in three years with the class of 1973. Following graduation, he taught under a fellowship at Priory High School and Exeter College in Exeter, England.
Charlie began his career at Camp Courageous in April 1980. Charlie is in his 39th year as CEO of Camp Courageous. He believes his main job is to build relationships and to connect people’s passions. In a letter Charlie recently wrote, he states: “Here at camp, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of people that have opened hundreds of doors for the camp. I’m reminded daily, how fortunate I am to have my health, my family, and my friends. I am fortunate to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of others.” Camp Courageous’ success can be attributed to Charlie’s humble nature and direct leadership in relationships and fundraising.
Phil and Laura White are donors to Camp and have a daughter, Rachel, who has attended camp for over 25 years. They state, “Both of us have served on boards, volunteered, and even worked for non-profits. Through those years of experience, we have never met anyone like Charlie that could get people to gladly part with their assets, whether it be in-kind, material or cash donations.”
Charlie was instrumental in starting the Camp Courageous of Iowa Foundation, which now has over $41 million in endowed assets.
One of Charlie’s greatest achievements is the role he plays making the dream of coming to Camp Courageous a reality for 9,000+ individuals with special needs each year. Thousands of campers have had life-changing experiences because of Charlie’s hard work and tireless effort dedicated to building Camp Courageous into the organization it is today. This has been achieved through responsible fundraising and relationship building.
Charlie brings his experience and passion for people to many causes, including Indian
Creek Nature Center, Monticello Community School Foundation, Greater Monticello Community Foundation and UnityPoint Health. Charlie has continued his lifelong passion for history in government through his service to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation, US Presidential Library Foundation Board, Monticello Community Planning Board, Monticello City Council and Monticello Development Board.