The salary of Dean Dwyer, chief executive of the David C. Copley Foundation, has been holding steady, from $228,960, plus benefits of $29,629 in 2014, to $230,000 in pay and $29,677 in benefits as of the end of 2015, per the fund’s 2015 federal disclosure. Meanwhile, the hoard of cash left to the foundation by ex–Union-Tribune publisher Copley burgeoned from $71,170,129 in 2014 to $91,461, 944 by the end of 2015, according to the charity’s most recent return. Dwyer was formerly chief financial officer of the now defunct Copley Press.
Other well-paid foundation employees listed in the report are chief operating officer Kimberly Koch with a salary of $86,220 and benefits of $18,264. She was once executive secretary to Copley Press executive Howard W. Fuson Jr. Copley foundation board chairman Chuck Patrick, another former Copley Press executive, collected $50,000 a year, as did boardmembers Robert Crouch (onetime Copley Press senior vice president) and former Luce, Forward lawyer Eric Freeberg.
Of the $2,793,183 in contributions doled out by the foundation, the largest listed was $558,333 in building construction funds for the Copley Family YMCA on Landis Street. Five hundred thousand went to the zoo’s “Africa Rocks” exhibit, and $150,000 was spent on a neonatal intensive care renovation at Tri City Hospital in Oceanside. Hundred-thousand-dollar bequests included cash to launch the La Jolla Playhouse’s Military Outreach project. “We invite service members and veterans to the theatre to see our shows and attend events like Military Date Nights and Military Family Days at no cost to them,” says the theatre’s Facebook page.
Seattle’s Salaam Cultural Museum, which says it provides “humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict and natural disaster within the [Middle East and North Africa] region,” got $9950 for an “after school tutoring program.” And the foundation provided $4000 to Freedom Ranch, an alcoholic treatment program in Campo.
During his life, David Copley was haunted by multiple drunk-driving bouts. The La Jolla resident died at age 60 in the November 12 crash of his Aston Martin following a heart attack.