Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, along with rock star Bono, have been recognized recently in the national media for their crusade against world poverty. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have been in the news for their joint efforts to ease devastation from natural disasters. Such philanthropists are household names accustomed to the spotlight, yet the vast majority of men and women who volunteer to support causes they care about never make headlines.
As a hospital trustee, Leila Maring doesn't just focus on big, important issues. She cheerfully does whatever job needs to be done. Maring, 80, has been a trustee of 51-bed Grinnell (Iowa) Regional Medical Center for eight years, but she's been an active volunteer at the hospital for 16 years.
Julian "Pinky" Shapero -- as a hospital board member for nearly four decades -- knows a thing or two about consensus building. As board chairman, the 75-year-old Shapero deftly guided the 68-member board of directors of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services, Louisville, Ky., through the steps necessary to make three big decisions in 2005:
Margaret Foley says she decided in preschool that she wanted to be a nurse, and at age 84, she's still actively involved in healthcare. "She has a natural sense of compassion for patients and a commitment to act on that feeling of compassion," says Lindsay Mann, chief executive officer of 410-bed Kaweah Delta Health Care District,
As a physician and hospital trustee, James Rogers, 47, has never wavered from his belief that hospitals are an integral component of medical care in rural communities. He stood behind his conviction even as Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minn., turned in a dismal financial performance in fiscal 2003