Richard served for fifteen years on the board of the C.W. and Modene Neely Charitable Foundation, and for approximately five of them, he served as its President.  He currently serves on the board of the Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona’s largest grant-making body.  His personal giving to public charities and educational institutions has also been extensive.  He has been a board member of, or advisor to, many charitable organizations.   


Countless hours of pro bono legal services were also contributed by Richard to a variety of charitable organizations since l978, including, but not limited to, the East Valley Hospice, the Mesa Soccer Club, the Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Episcopal Church.

Community Service & Involvement 


Arizona Community Foundation

     Board Member


Arizona Academy (Town Hall)
  Executive Committee, Board of Directors,   Nominating Committee


Desert Botanical Garden
    Board of Directors 


Maricopa County Pollution Control Corporation
    Vice-President and Member of the Board


Morrison Institute for Public Policy,

Arizona State University
    Co-founder, Executive Committee  

    Advisory Board member


C. W.  & Modene Neely Charitable Foundation
    Director and President


Pacific Homes (provider of retirement and assisted-living housing)
    Director and Finance Committee member


Valley Leadership, Class I

Presentations and Publications

Lessons Learned from the Central Arizona Project, delivered at a Drylands, Deserts and Desertification Conference sponsored by Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel, November, 2012


A Call for Public Virtue.  A presentation given in the Philosophy Colloquium, Northern Arizona University, November, 2008.

News and Media

Two Arizona leaders recognized by NAU for significant contributions, commitment to leadership...
Monday, May 11, 2015


Eastern Arizona Courier: Religious, civic leaders team to fight human trafficking...
Saturday, January 10, 2015 

Arizona Community Foundation: Four new members elected to ACF Board of Directors