Al Ruffalo has held several positions throughout his career that have helped shape his outlook and ultimately his success as a business and community leader. He was an accountant, a popcorn brand manager, elementary school teacher and a school administrator. In 1983, he accepted a position with Teleconnect that began his career in telecommunications. By 1991 Al was ready for a new challenge and with four partners and friends founded RuffaloCODY. Over the years, RuffaloCODY has grown to become the leading provider of telephone fundraising services and fundraising software to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. In 1994, Al Ruffalo was named one of the nation’s “Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year” by Inc. Magazine, Merrill Lynch, and Ernst & Young. In 1995, RuffaloCODY was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the nation’s 26th fastest growing privately held company. The company was recognized on the Inc. 2007 and 2008 list of America’s 5,000 fastest growing private companies.
While passionate about the success of RuffaloCODY, Al maintains his commitment to family and community by donating his time and resources to nonprofit organization throughout East Central Iowa. He has served on the board of organizations including Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mercy Hospital, Security Coverage, Agilon, the Cedar Rapids History Center and Loras College. He has also held positions with the American Heart Association – Heart Walk, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Club, Variety Club, the Eastern Iowa Economic Council and the Mt. Mercy College Scholarshare Program.
Al holds high standards for integrity and honesty in his relationships and work ethic. His entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to fundraising and charitable giving are evident throughout his personal and professional life. And while he maintains a strong commitment to community, his family remains the constant from which he draws strength and encouragement to accomplish new goals.