“I’m not giving anything that wasn’t given to me at one point in my life.”

Richard Perkins makes a living helping clients find and capture the best incentives for their business. As co-founder of Incentives Scout, his team has helped businesses throughout the United States recover more than $10 billion in credits, grants, and abatements. His solar company has helped nonprofit organizations like the YMCA save more than $15 million in the last 15 years.

And when he’s presented with the opportunity to help nonprofit organizations here in Fountain Hills, he’s always happy to step up. The former University of Massachusetts at Lowell basketball player coached his sons’ basketball teams during their time at the Boys and Girls Club, and his solar company generously provides electrical contractors as needed to events like Flutter at the Fountain.

“I feel like I was helped by lots of people growing up,” he explained. “Lots of people helped me navigate life. I feel like I’m doing my part by giving back.”
Richard and his wife, Nicole, live in Fountain Hills and have three children. Daughter Genevieve attends the University of Washington, sons Mitchell and Powell both attend Notre Dame Preparatory High School.

Nicole is a realtor and sits on the Fountain Hills Community Foundation board where she is chairman of the Flutter at the Fountain fundraiser. At times, the kids pitch in to volunteer as well, especially the boys, who often serve as greeters and setup/tear down muscle during Flutter at the Fountain events.

“They don’t have any money right now, but they have plenty of time and strong backs,” Richard said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

And while Richard is proud of the work his solar company has accomplished in the last 15 years, including builds for more than 80 schools and churches throughout the state, he’s also proud to be among the volunteers working on behalf of nonprofit organizations in Fountain Hills and abroad.

“It takes a lot of people to put these things together,” he says of events like Flutter at the Fountain. “I’m not giving anything that wasn’t given to me at one point.”