Why I Give: Kyle Dietz
It has been said that the secret to success is to find a need and fill it.
If that’s the case, Kyle Dietz is well on his way to being successful. From participating in one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the world, to serving on an advisory council for one of Indiana’s largest charities, Kyle Dietz has a passion for raising money. His years with Indiana University Dance Marathon through his current position as a member of the Riley Society Advisory Committee (RSAC) for Riley Children’s Foundation has honed his priorities to point him in the direction of helping others.
Q: How long have you been involved in the Riley Society?
A: I’ve been a member about five years, and on the advisory committee since last summer. My wife and I made a commitment to Riley Hospital years ago. That commitment was solidified when my nephew Hayden Dietz was born with a heart defect. He underwent three open heart surgeries at Riley. He’s now 10 years old and doing well.
Now I have two young children of my own. I realize the value of a hospital that provides what Riley does even more. If you have the means to give, you want to do that.
Q: What is the most exciting thing that is happening at Riley Hospital today?
A: I would say getting the younger folks involved. The hospital is doing incredible things to the point where more and more young people are wanting to help in some way. Look at all the dance marathons, even at the high school level. Young people are starting to see some of the progress that is being made in medicine and that their efforts are having an impact. They’re really getting behind their local children’s hospital.
Q: There are a lot of worthy non-profit organizations. Why do you support Riley?
A: You’re right―there are a ton of worthwhile causes all around us. But knowing what Riley does―the level of care, the level of detail in everything they do, the way they make children feel when they are there―that’s all exceptional.
The finale video that was shown at the annual Gift of Hope Happens Here Luncheon showed kids enjoying normal activities like playing ball and playing instruments. It feels so good to see them on the path to healthy, successful lives because of Riley.
Q: What do you hope gets accomplished during your tenure on RSAC?
A: We need to stop young people from falling into the pit between college and their early career when it comes to philanthropy. We are trying to bridge that gap. Even if young professionals don’t make it to the Riley Society level ($1,000 donation each year), they still need a constant connection to Riley Hospital. We still have to get them engaged.
Q: Anything you’d like to add?
A: The biggest thing for me is access to care that Riley gives. Many cities don’t have the resources that Riley can provide. The more help we can give to Riley, the bigger the reach Riley will have statewide and beyond. Riley is one of a kind. We need to make sure that donors recognize efforts to expand its horizons throughout Indiana and around the U.S.
To learn more about Riley Society, visit RileyKids.org/RileySociety or email Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.