Rick is a man with an amazing story, and the gift of being able to connect with almost anyone.

From growing up in poverty, dropping out of high school, and being homeless, to graduating from Gonzaga University, founding a nonprofit based on connecting and giving back, and becoming a community-recognized philanthropist, Rick has seen the highs and the lows.

The skyrocketing support that lets Giving Back Packs keep handing out backpacks full of necessities to our city’s homeless is a result of Rick’s ability to make incredible human connections and galvanize people to get involved. He was nominated as one of our city’s Best Local Heroes, and it shows how people are inspired by Rick’s work, his message, and the Giving Back Packs story.

Rick encourages us all to put down our preconceptions, leave our comfort zones, and go out and connect with the people our society has forgotten and ignored, to show them they matter. He speaks at schools and universities, and to community organizations and city and local government groups. Inspired yet? Learn more about the story of Rick and Giving Back Packs.

Connect and Inspire

Rick has a busy national speaking calendar, with limited openings for the remainder of 2019 and 2020. Share your information below, and we’ll reach out to you within 30 days to discuss scheduling, pricing, and other details.