Internationally Recognized Educator, Corporate Leader, Philanthropist and Animal Rights Activist
Arthur E. Benjamin has been dedicating himself to investing his time, energy and finances into companies and projects that make a difference in the lives of people and their pets—including education and animal rights activism—for the past three decades. Serving on the boards of several of the nation’s leading career education colleges and associations, his educational activities impact career education throughout the United States. Meanwhile, as an advocate for the humane treatment of animals, Arthur’s philanthropy has had an equally significant impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals, both domesticated and living in the wild. And in investments, he has led deals with stellar returns to his partners, a number of them exceeding 10x ROI.
Arthur E. Benjamin passionately supports education, animal welfare and breast cancer advocacy organizations, and endeavors to save lives, empower others and ensure quality care for all living beings in both his for-profit and non-profit ventures. He is equally passionate about nurturing the involvement of committed individuals in businesses that accomplish this mission, and accredited nonprofits that use the highest percentage of their funds to actively champion these causes.
To that end, his most recently launched 501(c)3 foundation – American Dog Rescue Foundation – is an all-volunteer organization for which Arthur underwrites most of the administrative costs. All proceeds of the foundation go to animal welfare and projects that save and protect the animals it serves.
Arthur also supports a number of postsecondary-education organizations that secure a better, brighter future for people looking to change their lives through entry-level jobs and job advancement in their careers. These schools & colleges, spread throughout the United States, promote workforce development and high-quality adult education.
Also, Arthur backs breast cancer research and recovery by fundraising and providing no-cost healing retreats for women diagnosed with the disease. The aim of his efforts is to help patients reclaim their sense of personal power and to strengthen them in their journey toward healing, as well as to help their families better cope with the challenge.
Arthur’s dedication to and compassion for helping others succeed also manifests itself through The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, another non-profit organization he and his late wife founded, that helps other foundations start and grow.
The returns on investment in his for-profit ventures are legendary and he credits this to their commitment to the mission. Arthur attributes these outcomes to the ability of his businesses to evoking passion in the workplace, which in turn produces commitment in their management to outperforming even the most generous projection of outcomes.
Arthur primarily resides in Delray Beach, FL, but lives, as well, in two cities: Dallas, TX and Salt Lake City, UT and travels extensively to investigate and support initiatives in business. Arthur’s activism and philanthropic endeavors support rescue, education and advocacy nationally and globally.
Long an acolyte of the deceased Buckminster Fuller, Arthur first met his senior mentor at Fuller’s Burklyn Business School in California. Buckminster Fuller was an esteemed American architect, inventor, futurist, philosopher, author and educator. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1983, he viewed our time on earth as an opportunity to see how much each of us could change the world for the benefit of current and future generations. Arthur was inspired by Buckminster Fuller to devote his life to creating opportunity through education while using his resources to promote the welfare of humans, animals and the environment. While he has contributed millions of dollars to nonprofit endeavors, far beyond that, he has inspired thousands of others to give, get involved, and use their passion to move mountains.
THE MEANS & METHODS
Arthur is a born entrepreneur who has enjoyed success in sales, advertising, database marketing, college administration and business management. This success has afforded him the means and methods to pursue his passion for combining money and manpower in our society for the good of humankind and animal-kind. Wearing the cap of educator, Arthur is a former Commissioner of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), board member of both the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) and the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities (APSCU), where he co-chaired APSCU-PAC. He was also a trustee of the Career College Foundation, now the Imagine America Foundation. Meanwhile, wearing the mantel of animal rights activist, he is the founder and president of American Dog Rescue Foundation and sits on the advisory committees of, or is actively involved with: No More Homeless Pets, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Humane Society of the United States, Animal Awareness Society, Tri-County Humane, Broward and Miami Humane Societies, Salt Lake County Animal Services & Utah Humane Society, SPCA and numerous other Texas animal organizations. He has underwritten countless rescue missions and sponsored dozens of fundraisers that have raised multimillions to promote both animal and human welfare, as well as co-hosting a Texas cable TV show “For The Love of Dogs” which can be viewed nationally on the Internet (via www.fortheloveofdogstv.com). Last but not least, in breast cancer recovery, Arthur has been the Advisory Board Chair of Image Reborn Foundation for over a decade and helped to found Women Against Cancer.
Arthur lives each and every day as his last one, believing fully in George Bernard Shaw’s quote, “my life belongs to the whole community and that as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. There’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” He further believes that The True Joy of Life is exactly as Shaw described it, “being used by yourself for a purpose you declare is a mighty one.”
This philosophy fuels Arthur’s decisive and effective actions in business, in philanthropy and in life. He challenges others he mentors to do the same by packing each day as if there is no tomorrow.