“My philosophy in life is plain and simple: it’s about family, my employees and the community.” Bruce T. Halle
The mission of the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation is to create and implement philanthropy, while working with grant partners to multiply the impact of each investment they make in the areas of social justice, homelessness, hunger, human services, health and medicine, education, and arts and culture.
In 1960, when Bruce T. Halle founded Discount Tire, the road ahead looked bumpy. Armed with only six tires and a deeply held belief in fairness and integrity, Halle established his first store in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Today, Discount Tire is the world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer with more than 900 stores in 30 states. The company has remained true to Halle’s vision, which centers on a heartfelt commitment to each customer and employee. He attributes his phenomenal success to hard work, faith and perseverance.
In 2002, Bruce and Diane Halle founded the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation to extend that sense of caring to the larger community. The Halle Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of individual lives by focusing on women and children’s issues, education, hunger, homelessness, family violence, and human trafficking.
THE ORGANIZATION – CULTURAL AND CORE VALUES
The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation is a philanthropic resource for a broad range of charitable endeavors. The foundation is rooted in the concept of extended family. Toward this end, it supports long-term cures, innovation and a commitment to metrics. A learning organization committed to collaboration with others to leverage resources including time, knowledge and convening powers, the foundation seeks partners who bring ethical leadership to their mission. While the foundation is not a religious organization, its philosophy is firmly grounded in spiritual values: doing the right thing, supporting its neighbors and healing its communities. The foundation focuses on building, strengthening and sustaining innovative organizations whose goals reflect the Halle family’s deep commitment to support the following issues.
Social Justice – Providing career training and resources for underserved women, collaborating with community leaders to best serve the public interest and mentoring programs for troubled youth for organizations such as Live and Learn, Center for the Future of Arizona and Release the Fear.
Homelessness – Supporting homeless shelters for families, single women and domestic violence victims, rapid rehousing programs and case management services for organizations such as UMOM New Day Centers, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and Lord’s Place.
Hunger – Supporting food banks, weekend backpack programs and school pantry programs for organizations such as St. Mary’s Food Bank, United Food Bank and Waste Not.
Human Services – Supporting domestic violence, human trafficking victims and veterans healing programs for organizations such as Phoenix Dream Center and Franciscan Renewal Center.
Education – Supporting underserved youth education programs, continuing education for teachers and scholarships for organizations such as Children First Academy, Teach for America and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Health and Medicine – Supporting medical and dental care for the underserved as well as medical research for organizations such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul, CASS and Mission of Mercy.
Arts and Culture – Supporting Latin American art exhibitions, music therapy and education programs for organizations such as Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Symphony and CALA Alliance.
The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation also oversees the following Discount Tire Programs:
The Bruce T. Halle Scholarship Program is available to college-age dependents of Discount Tire employees. This program has awarded over $8.5 million providing over 2,100 scholarships.
The Driven to Care Regional Philanthropy Program is comprised of the spouses of Discount Tire’s regional executives across the country. This program has granted more than $5 million to over 260 deserving nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.
The Bridges to Hope Corporate Philanthropy Program is comprised of the corporate female executives and the spouses of corporate executives. This program has granted more than $500,000 to deserving nonprofit organizations serving Arizona’s communities.
The Administrative Angels Philanthropy Program is comprised of the executive administration of the corporate office. This program has granted over $1.2 million to deserving nonprofit organizations serving Arizona’s communities.
Reporting to the President and Board of Trustees, the Philanthropy Director will provide the overall leadership for the Halle Foundation, managing all operations and activities including grantmaking activities and implementation, program development and innovation, operations, financial management, public and community relations, and strategic direction. He/she will oversee a small foundation staff and collaborate closely with other staff supporting the Halle family.
The Philanthropy Director will represent the family and company, serving as an ambassador and reflecting the mission and core values of the foundation. The Philanthropy Director will promote effective partnerships by leveraging a network of resources from the foundation, organizing convenings and providing guidance to complement the foundation’s financial investments through grants.
IDEAL VALUES AND APPROACH
The Philanthropy Director should be and reflect the following values and aspirations.
- A caring leader with humility, modesty, honesty, grace and integrity driven by a passion to help others with dedication, enthusiasm and a high level of energy. Strength of character and conviction to work with the dynamic mission of the foundation without being ego driven. Someone for whom the ownership and/or credit for ideas is less important than the collective results of the effort.
- A solid understanding of and commitment to strengthening communities and developing rich partnerships. A values-driven leader who views philanthropy as a catalyst for community engagement and change.
- An unwavering work ethic and commitment to excellence.
- A naturally consultative and inclusive management style. A visionary with the maturity, confidence, wisdom and collaborative skills necessary to garner the trust and confidence of the President, Board, staff and grantees.
- The emotional intelligence to deal effectively with internal constituencies such as the family, employees and company, and externally with grantees, community leaders and partners.
- A reflective and pragmatic practitioner. A commitment to and experience with learning, exploring and sharing for a common purpose. An active listener and agile and lifelong learner who is open to new ideas and can think conceptually, critically and strategically.
- The knowledge to assess risk and make prudent decisions.
- An ability to lead by example, bringing out the best in others, inspiring them to realize and act upon the generous spirit within themselves to help others and strengthen communities.
PRIORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Philanthropy Director should:
- Gain comprehensive knowledge and insights into the foundation’s history, mission, values, culture, programs, constituencies and operations;
- Establish an effective working relationship, reporting to the foundation President; communicate regularly on status of grants, grantee activities, grantee performance, opportunities for funding, financial updates and related items; bring forth best ideas and efforts for effective grantmaking;
- Report to and support the work of the Board as a strategic partner, gaining their confidence and trust and supporting exemplary governance; work closely with and lend support to all generations of the Halle family, including the acclimation of the youngest members;
- Prepare Board materials, reports, agendas and minutes;
- Ensure that the foundation’s work and the work of the staff reflect its values and mission;
- Prepare and monitor foundation budget and expenses; manage within the financial and programmatic parameters established by the Board, including Discount Tire philanthropy programs;
- Exercise leverage and develop collaborative efforts in program development and funding to maximize impact;
- Act as a liaison to grantees, including monitoring performance and compliance with grant terms and conditions;
- Represent the foundation at meetings, events and conferences, and network with other funders and donors to learn and promote best practices;
- Interface with, learn from and contribute expertise in the nonprofit community to develop effective partnerships and affect significant change;
- Maintain an efficient process for managing, reviewing and evaluating the foundation’s initiatives; establish and monitor appropriate success metrics.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
The Philanthropy Director should have the following experience and qualifications.
- Demonstrated achievement and accomplishment in current and prior positions with responsibility for management of both human and fiscal resources.
- Senior-level managerial experience as a strong compassionate visionary with proven ability to lead strategically and manage a values- and mission-driven organization.
- A focused leader who is able to distill ideas and clarify issues; someone with a high degree of intuition.
- Work experience at an executive level in the nonprofit or private sector with a commitment to community service through volunteer activities.
- A strong feeling of kinship with the needs of the communities funded.
- An ability to use the tools of philanthropy beyond grant dollars to maximize the contribution of the foundation to affect change.
- A strong record of accomplishment as a motivator, collaborator, innovator and builder.A natural convener who is able to share, learn and listen effectively to build consensus and inspire strong, enduring partnerships across diverse communities.
- Proven record as an effective spokesperson with the appropriate level of finesse and grace to represent the family. The judgment to know when it is best to speak on behalf of the family and when it may be more appropriate to have a family member speak. Strong written skills.
- A track record in program development, strategic planning and financial management. An ability to maintain a sense of humor with a style that is open, communicative and confident.
- Bachelor’s degree required and postgraduate degree with legal background is preferred.