Remembering Richard Ivey

Richard Ivey plaque in lobby of United Way Elgin Middlesex

It is with sadness that United Way Elgin Middlesex mourns the passing of one of our great community champions and friends, Richard M. Ivey.  An active participant in our mission, Mr. Ivey invested considerable time, passion and financial support in United Way, helping to build a community that includes everyone.

“Richard Ivey’s legacy touched all of us in this community. His dedication and service to the community is an incredible inspiration for each of us.”

Kelly Ziegner, CEO & President, United Way Elgin Middlesex

Generous grants from the Ivey family, including the Richard Ivey Foundation and The Richard and Jean Ivey Fund allowed for the purchase and permanent home of United Way at the corners of King and Colborne in downtown London in 1976. This generous and thoughtful investment has created a London landmark as ‘the little red building at King and Colborne’, known for bringing opportunity and hope to local people in need.

In 2005, Richard and his wife Beryl worked closely with United Way to create the Ivey Leadership Challenge Grant. Designed to inspire giving at a greater level, this visionary grant matches any new gift of $1,200 or more, and doubles any increase in a returning Leadership gift. The grant continues to actively encourage philanthropy across the community.

“Richard Ivey’s legacy touched all of us in this community,” says Kelly Ziegner, CEO & President, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “His dedication and service to the community is an incredible inspiration for each of us.”

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