Long before David Samson was president of the Florida Marlins, he learned the meaning of giving back to the community from his grandfather. Now, he makes it part of his professional life – he heads the Florida Marlins Community Foundation, and his personal life – charity is an integral part of the Samson family.
The importance of philanthropy was passed down through the generations, and David’s father headed the Jewish Federation’s annual campaign in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now, David teaches his own children – ages 14, 11 and 6 – the importance of giving.
“Charity is a learned quality, and can be a learned habit,” he says. “It’s critical that parents not only talk about giving back to the community, but demonstrate it as well. Tzedakah must be passed on, and the essential element isn’t the dollar figure, it’s the giving itself, regardless of how much. “
David says his children embrace the concept and give their own money to various worthy causes. “It’s interesting to see what causes they consider and how they determine which organization receives their donation,” he said.
While David’s wife Cindi is the campaign chair for the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, David’s charitable ways sometimes take him miles from home. He completed the Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii few years back and raised $250,000 for the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation, an organization that raises money for disabled athletes and supports them with wheelchairs, prosthetic devices and in numerous other ways, as well as the Florida Marlins Community Foundation. He is involved in other charities including Teach for America and the Boys and Girls Club. He is especially proud of the Florida Marlins Community Foundation, which helps build a brighter future for children through education, the arts and baseball.
“I am proud to be associated with the Jewish Federation of Broward County, where raising money for specific and targeted endeavors help the community so much,” he said.Email This Article