Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Michael Dippy graduated from the University of Florida College of Architecture in 1994 and began practicing architecture. One Sunday, during a church service, a minister encouraged the congregation “to find an injustice or unmet need that truly bothers you and then dedicate yourself to do all that you can to solve it.”
Concerned about our society’s treatment of our poor and disadvantaged neighbors, Dippy noticed that they had difficulty accessing the legal identification documents that are essential to enable full participation in modern society. He then established IDignity, a unique nonprofit organization that assists people in obtaining proof of their identity. Since 2008, IDignity has served over 13,000 individuals in Orlando and has replicated the model in other communities as well.
Designated by the Orlando Sentinel as the 2010 Central Floridian of the Year, he was also recognized with the Bank of America Local Hero Award in 2011. In 2012, he received the Manhattan Institute’s 2012 Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The following year, he was selected by his peers as the winner of the national Points of Light Civic Accelerator competition. Most recently, Michael was recognized by the University of Florida Gator Club as the 2014 Gator Great and was honored by the Orange County Bar Association, which presented him the Liberty Bell Award for promoting civic responsibility.
Dippy sits on the Board of Advisers for the Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College. He has been extensively engaged in the social service sector for the past ten years.