A Gift from the Heart

Feb 17, 2022

Paul and Claudia Schickler’s leadership gift to The Ones will enhance two causes close to their heart: rural America and Drake University.

The Schicklers have donated $2 million for the Jay N. Darling Institute to address the social, economic, and conservation challenges facing rural communities.

"Rural Americans were our customers for the more than four decades I worked for Pioneer," said Paul, BN’74, GR’83, former DuPont Pioneer president and Drake University trustee. “Claudia and I are proud to work with Drake faculty to shape a program that makes concrete, positive change in the lives of rural residents.”

The Schicklers, avid fans of the Drake Bulldogs, have also given $1 million to support the men’s basketball program and $3 million to elevate the fan experience at the Knapp Center.

"Drake athletics are a unifying force," Paul said. "Cheering on Des Moines’ hometown team builds deeper bonds between Drake students, alumni, and all residents of Greater Des Moines. Claudia and I are happy to give back to teams and facilities that have brought us years of excitement."

Paul and Claudia Schickler

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