At the Lakewood City Council meeting of November 7, 2016, Dave Betz was presented a plaque honoring his time and commitment to the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund. Dave has served on the board for well over 10 years, and served as president of the board for the bulk of that time. His enthusiasm and drive to grow the LCFF have been instrumental in the dramatic increases to the fund's size. The value of the LCFF has doubled during his tenure. As a result of this success, the LCFF has been able to expand grants considerably, reaching $14,000 in the most recent year, with the total value of the fund rising to over $800,000.
During the building of the Fund's website (lakewoodfoundation.org), Dave promoted the phrase "barbell community" to describe Lakewood. On one end of the barbell are the poor of our community. On the other are the lakefront owners and the wealthy of Lakewood. It is the goal of the LCFF to help the poor move up the scale.
Dave has also been known to say that "the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund is the best kept secret in Lakewood." Dave has spent more than 10 years trying to change that, one donation at a time.