Scott Richards Endowment

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is pleased to announce its first endowed scholarship from the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation. The formation of this endowment to fund Students of Integrity scholarships in perpetuity has been created to build and honor a legacy of supporting character ethics. According to Ed Deutschlander, CEO of North Star Resource Group, the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation was established in 2004 to maximize charitable contributions as a firm and support causes important to the North Star family.

In 2008, Scott Richards, son of North Star’s founder and executive chairman, Phil Richards, passed away following a valiant battle with myelofibrosis and acute myeloid leukemia. In Scott’s honor, the foundation was renamed the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation.

North Star has donated 10% of profits annually since 2004 to the foundation, which has contributed over $2.3 million to the communities in which they live and serve. Community involvement has always been a priority at North Star and is a long-standing tradition. Phil Richards is a former BBB board member, and partnering with BBB on this endowment was a perfect fit for North Star. Mr. Deutschlander continues, “We feel it honors our history and also helps pave the way to a brighter future.”

Lisa Jemtrud, Director BBB's International Marketplace Ethics
presents a check to scholarship winner, Jasmine Ochoa, with North
Star Resource Group CEO, Ed Deutschlander.
North Star Resource Group CEO
Ed Deutschlander and radio and TV
personality Lee Valsvik present at the
scholarship awards.