The foundation’s philosophy is rooted in the shared values, sentiments and beliefs of Chief Rick Stone and his family. They recognize that the development of ethical leadership principles in individuals and organizations is a significant part of the necessity to improve America. In the long term, organizations, professions and entire societies adopt and reflect the style of the leaders who guide them.
Emerson once wrote, “To be great is to be misunderstood”. The primary goal of the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation is to promote the development of those individuals who dare to become great leaders and who refuse to compromise their principles in the face of opposition and adversity. Such unique individuals, and organizations that actively reward honorable behavior, have an inherent ability and satisfaction of doing “the right thing”. They are not afraid to leave those who falter in the face of challenge to be shown their errors by the clear perspective provided by history.
To implement this philosophy, the Founder adopted a comprehensive strategy for the direction and governance of Foundation administration and the disbursement of funds for charitable purposes, to promote education and lessen the burdens of government by supporting public safety and combating unethical conduct, crime and corruption.
The cornerstones of this philosophy are the concepts of ETHICS that are fundamental to successful leadership:
E - EQUALITY
T - TRUTH
H - HONESTY
I - INTEGRITY
C - COURAGE
S - SELF CONTROL
The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 and certified by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a qualified private charitable foundation under Section 501 (C) (3) of the IRS Code to disburse funds for charitable purposes, to promote education, to support public safety, and to combat unethical conduct, crime, and corruption.