Entrepreneur’s Story: Hank Doll– February 26, 2018 by Randy Myeroff

In this installment of Entrepreneur’s Story, highlighting the journey of successful private companies and their leaders, we take a bit of a turn to focus on Hank Doll — a philanthropic leader in Cleveland, Ohio. Every facet of his life revolves around helping others, from foundation work, to local gardening to running his own family foundation. Below is an excerpt from “Strong Foundations: How a Lifetime of Philanthropy Has Led Hank Doll to His Next Chapter of Giving Back” from the fall 2017 issue of Taxonomics.

“I went to divinity school because I was an idealist,” says Doll. “Unsure about what I wanted to do after, I thought something right would come along and it did — the chance to work with J. Irwin Miller, who was then chairman of the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana.”
Among other things, Doll worked as an administrator for the company’s foundation, and there he discovered a calling he never relinquished. It was a revelation, a path he never expected to follow.
“I didn’t know anything about foundations when I got out of seminary in 1961,” Doll says. “I knew about churches and I knew about nonprofit organizations, but no one had ever spoken to us at divinity school about the philanthropic field. That was a turning point for me.”
Read the full story to learn more about how Hank Doll continues to make an impact, leading a life dedicated to giving back.

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