Giving Back

Tim Day and HBS Fellowship Recipients at MCSF Awards Dinner, 2013

Tim became active in public policy in order to give personal service to the community – to become involved in a cause that was larger than self-interest. In 1990, he founded the Fiscal Accountability and Reform Efforts (FARE) Committee and served as its Chairman from 1990-94. This organization developed a comprehensive long-term plan and action agenda to bring sound fiscal management to state government in Arizona, and actively publicized issues and lobbied for corrective legislation. Over time, these efforts had a significant impact in establishing conservative policies and financial strength in state government. From 1996-98 he served as Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank focusing primarily on state of Arizona public policy matters. Through these positions, he became a recognized leading advocate of conservative issues and was frequently called upon to author articles, give speeches, and address various forms of media. He was meticulous in maintaining a statesmanlike posture by only advocating sound and conservative policies that represented “good government” versus any position that might directly or indirectly benefit him or Bar-S.

Tim’s involvement in public policy matters also reflected his concern that well-meaning “liberal” forces might destroy the economic environment and heritage that have made this nation great and provided such enormous opportunities for its people. Socialistic policies have intellectual appeal, but undermine the basic fabric of society and ethic that there is dignity in work; that nothing worthwhile comes without sacrifice; that personal performance matters; and that we are responsible for our own destiny. These tenants of rugged individualism have shaped the character of Americans for centuries and are fundamental to the strength of this nation. Further, he concluded that successful business people, especially entrepreneurs, who have firsthand experience with free enterprise and have directly benefited from it, must lead the fight to protect it.

Tim also was committed to making a difference through philanthropic endeavors, and his charitable efforts resulted in being awarded the City of Hope’s “Spirit of Life” National Award in 1992. Under his leadership, the Arizona Food Industries Circle for the benefit of the City of Hope was established, and its annual dinner became the major fund raising and social event for the food industry in Arizona. Further, he was a long standing supporter of the United Way (as member of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society), the Marine Corps University Foundation, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (as a Founder), and the schools he attended – Deerfield Academy, Wesleyan University, and Harvard Business School. One of his most cherished endeavors was funding the Timothy T. Day Marine Corps Entrepreneur Fellowship at Harvard Business School; the Marine Corps Executive Education Fellowship at Harvard Business School; the Day Scholars Program in the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA; and the Timothy T. Day Overlook in the Semper Fidelis Park in Quantico. In addition, Tim and his wife, Sandy, established the Tim and Sandy Day Canine Companions program to assist injured Marines through the Semper Fi Fund. Further, they have remained deeply interested in supporting animal welfare organizations that helped to rescue abused and abandoned dogs such as APARN, PACC911, AGN, and AAC.  In 2014, The Arizona Pet Project organization honored Sandy as their “Human HERO of the Year.”

As a result of these efforts, Tim was honored by the American Meat Institute in 2001 as the recipient of the Edward C. Jones Community Service Award for his support of numerous communities where Bar-S facilities and offices were located. He has received numerous awards and honors due to his ongoing commitment to Marines and the Marine Corps. He was the 2012 recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s John A. Lejeune Award for Exemplary Leadership; and in 2013, he was presented the Semper Fidelis Award by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Additionally, in 2013, he was the Parade Reviewing Officer for recruit graduation ceremonies at MCRD San Diego, CA and at MCRD Parris Island, SC; the Guest of Honor at the Sunset Parade in Washington, D.C.; and the Guest of Honor at a formal dinner in the Home of the Commandants. Also, he has been the Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at the Phoenix Luncheon Committee in 2007; the Marine Corps League – Old Breed Detachment in 2009 in Phoenix, AZ; the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Company C in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ; the Recruiting Station Phoenix in 2012; the Marine Corps League – Copper State Detachment in 2013 in Prescott, AZ; the Marine Aircraft Group 14 in Cherry Point, NC in 2013; and the Marine Corps Arizona Reunion in Prescott, AZ in the summer of 2012.

In 2014, he was honored with a plaque on Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA for his service to our country.  He returned to MCRD San Diego, CA in 2015 as the Parade Reviewing Officer for recruit graduation ceremonies and was Guest of Honor Speaker at the MCRD Museum Foundation Globe & Anchor Salute in San Diego, CA.  During Marine Week in Phoenix, AZ in 2015, he was presented with the “Chesty” Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation.  In 2017, he was Guest of Honor at the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

All of these experiences and areas of personal interest – which are more fully described in his autobiography published in 2017, “One Day’s Journey, the Life and Legacy of Timothy T. Day 2nd Edition” – form the basis behind the Donor intent and the mission of the Corporation.