With great sadness, I report the passing of a friend, a colleague, a leader in the conservative movement, and a good and humble man.
Rick Hendrix passed away yesterday, June 13, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Rick worked as a direct mail fundraiser for more than three decades. Most know him as a founding partner of ClearWord Communications Group, a successful and effective high-dollar direct mail agency.
For 10 years before that, from 1993 to 2003, Rick ran the direct mail program here at the Leadership Institute. He oversaw a more than tenfold increase in the Institute's donor base. Staff often joked that Rick could write in my voice even better than I could.
For the last 23 years, Rick provided the copy for many of the Institute’s monthly mailings. His work generated millions of dollars in donations that have made the Institute’s many activities possible.
Rick volunteered as a lecturer for almost all of the Institute’s fundraising schools. Over the years, he taught thousands of conservatives how to build fundraising programs for their organizations. The entire conservative movement and our country...