Table of Contents 
NPD 2020 Sponsors
NPD 2020 Program Book
NPD 2020 Morning Forum
NPD 2020 Honorees
NPD Committees 

NPD Sponsors 2020

Thank you to the generous sponsors of National Philanthropy Day 2020. Your gracious support made the wonderful 2020 celebration of the Bay Area’s philanthropic community possible! For anyone interested in a sponsorship for NPD 2021, clicking the button below shows the opportunities for 2020, which will likely be similar in 2021.

Platinum $20,000
NPD Sponsor 2019     

     AFP Golden Gate National Philanthropy Day 2019 Sponsor: The Shenson Foundation


Gold $10,000+

AFP Golden Gate National Philanthropy Day 2019 Sponsor: Pitch and Cathie Johnson   AFP Golden Gate National Philanthropy Day 2019 Sponsor: John and Marica Goldman Foundation   


Silver $5,000+


Bronze $3,500+

AFP Golden Gate National Philanthropy Day 2019 Sponsor: California Academy of Sciences                    

Spirit of Philanthropy

826 Valencia
Cook Silverman Search
Glavin Jacobson Inc
Grace Cathedral
Hospice by the Bay
Ploughshares Fund
Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center
Public Advocates
Save the Redwoods League
Sequoia Living
Theresa Nelson & Associates
UC Berkeley Library
United Way Bay Area

 NPD 2020 Program Book

Click here to view the Program Book.

NPD 2020 Morning Forum

NPD Morning Forum: The Power of a United Community
An in-depth discussion with Regan Pritzker of Katalay Foundation, Karl Robillard of Twitter, and Jasmine Jones of West Contra Costa Public Education Fund. Moderated by Victoria Silverman, 2020 President, AFP Golden Gate.

 NPD 2020 Honorees

AFP Golden Gate was proud to honor these individuals and organizations who exemplify the strength and vitality of the Bay Area's philanthropic community at the grand celebration held on November 13th.

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Kay Sprinkel Grace, Mary Barbara Schultz
This award honors individuals with enduring records of accomplishment in philanthropy, fundraising or granting, and who have demonstrated exceptional civic and charitable leadership.

Kay Sprinkel Grace, FAFP - Fundraising Professional

Kay has devoted the last thirty years to the nonprofit sector. Her long professional service to clients ranging from public media to health, human services, the arts, education and the environment was recognized with the 2020 AFP Global Fundraising Professional of the Year award. In 2013, she received the Henry A. Rosso Medal for lifetime achievement from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and in 2016 was named a Distinguished Fellow by AFP. A Stanford University graduate (BA, MA), she has been recognized for her volunteer work with their highest award for volunteer service, The Gold Spike. She serves now on the boards of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, Grace Cathedral and USF/INOM. She has published seven books including Beyond Fundraising and The AAA Way to Fundraising Success. Video

Mary Barbara Schultz - Philanthropist

Mary dedicated her life to leadership and philanthropy, volunteering time, experience, skill, and financial assistance. She served as Honorary Chair of Building Better Health, which raised more than $65M towards MGH 2.0. She funded a linear accelerator for MarinHealth’s Cancer Center, and renovation of the Emergency Department. Mary Barbara’s gifts have impacted nursing education, Cardiovascular care, Robotic Surgery, Hearing and Speech, Labor and Delivery, and much more. She has served as President of the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California and Marin Charitable. California Academy of Sciences Building Campaign, art museums, Guide Dogs, Sunny Hills, Hospice by the Bay, Marin Symphony, and Vivaldi Music program at San Domenico. Video

Outstanding Philanthropist Award: Regan Pritzger
This award is presented to an individual or family with a record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility.

Regan has a background in education, and began her engagement with philanthropy in 2005 when her parents started the Libra Foundation and she and her siblings joined as board members. She co-founded the Kataly Foundation with her husband in 2018 with the goal of moving all assets to community ownership. She sees her role in philanthropy as actively engaging in redistributing wealth, and works with other progressive funders and movement activists in pursuit of a Just Transition; building a regenerative economy that supports ecological and social well-being. Video

Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaking Organization Award: West Contra Costa Public Education Fund
This award recognizes a private or community foundation or grantmaking organization that provides financial support and inspiration to nonprofits and grantmakers -- and develops innovative approaches to philanthropy.

The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) is a key partner for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The Ed Fund plays a unique and necessary role in supporting our region’s public schools and community. As an independent nonprofit, the Ed Fund strengthens the entire educational ecosystem by mobilizing community investments, bringing stakeholders together, and advocating for the experiences of teachers, students and their families. Through the Ed Fund, our community joins together to invest in the success of our young people, our public schools, and the promise to deliver a first-class education to each child. Video

Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker Award: Twitter
This award recognizes a corporation or its foundation that displays an outstanding commitment to philanthropy through its financial support and by encouraging other companies to be philanthropic leaders.

Twitter’s vision is to bring the company and community together as a force for good. We use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving. We focus on internet safety and education, equality, free speech and civil liberties, crisis response, and environmental conservation and sustainability. In these ways, Twitter seeks to foster greater understanding, equality, and opportunity in the communities where we operate. Video

Outstanding Foundation Professional: Daranee Petsod, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
This award honors a foundation professional who initiates or supports creative nonprofit efforts and develops philanthropic partnerships with organizations and communities in exceptionally effective or unique ways.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Daranee Petsod (she/her/hers) has played a variety of leadership roles to advance justice and equity for marginalized communities. As president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), she has catalyzed and leveraged hundreds of millions in funding to protect the rights of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers—and cultivate their inclusion and contributions to our society. Under Daranee’s leadership, GCIR was named the Funders’ Affinity Group of the Year in 2017 by Inside Philanthropy for its key role in organizing funder pushback to anti-immigrant policies. Video

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteers Award
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating other volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one nonprofit organization. Video

Lynne Benioff
Lynne is the co-chair of TIME and active on the boards of several organizations. She is a Distinguished Director of the Board of Overseers of the University of California San Francisco Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of The Rise Fund, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Common Sense Media and the Benioff Ocean Initiative. Ms. Benioff was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2015 and currently chairs its Governance Committee and co-chairs the Tunnel Tops Campaign Committee. In 2014, Ms. Benioff was honored by Mayor Ed Lee as one of San Francisco’s “Women of the Year.” She received a B.S. from the University of Washington.

Mark Buell
Mark is a native San Franciscan, a graduate of the University of San Francisco and a decorated Vietnam veteran. He has spent 35 years in both public and private real estate development. Mark served as San Francisco’s first Director of Economic Development under Joseph Alioto and later served as the first Director of the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency from 1977 to 1985. Buell served on the Boards of various non-profit organizations including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Bolinas Museum, the Chez Panisse Foundation and the California Academy of Sciences. He is President of the SF Recreation and Park Commission, President of the Marin Community Foundation and past Chairman of the America’s Cup Organizing Committee. Buell is married to the former Susie Russell Tompkins and has two children from a previous marriage: Sabrina and Justin.

Randi Fisher
Randi is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur focused on the nexus of the environment, health, and community. She is co-founder and trustee of the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco. The Foundation’s vision, “people and nature thriving together,” reflects Randi’s belief that awareness of the interconnectedness between people and nature is critical to our collective future. Randi is involved in the full range this work with an emphasis on the Environmental Education Program, supporting young people to develop environmental know-how needed to build stronger, more equitable communities and foster a sustainable environment. She also serves in leadership positions at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Foundation. Randi is also a co-founder and advisory council member of Ten Strands and Blue Sky Funders Forum.

Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Katherine Bella
This award honors an individual fundraising professional who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner.

Katherine has dedicated her professional life to advancing the missions of a wide variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the country, with special focus on Bay Area nonprofits. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, worked as a nonprofit Chief Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Development Officer, and consulted with more than 100 nonprofit organizations. Kathy currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at PRC, a San Francisco anti-poverty agency. She also is a board member at Goodwill of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties and the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library. Video

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Kylie Frame
This award recognizes service by young people (ages 5 to 17) who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy.

Kylie is a recent Tamalpais High School graduate, who has spent the past few years in her school's leadership program, running community outreach events. When COVID-19 brought her senior year to a sudden halt, she started Feed The Frontlines Marin and raised nearly $70,000 to support local restaurants by purchasing meals and delivering them to frontline workers across Marin. Kylie focused on working with restaurants that source from local farms and bakeries in order to support the local economy, and she delivered over 4,000 total meals, distributing to healthcare workers, as well as refuse, grocery store, pharmacy, and nursing home employees. Video

Vineyards Award: City Hope - Rev. Paul Trudeau and Rev. Sally Steele
This award celebrates a visionary organization with an operating budget under $1 million that is addressing serious community issues and is an inspiration to nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and individuals.

City Hope is a living room for those without enough living space, creatively offering as many elements of home as possible for our Tenderloin neighbors on the margins. City Hope House, a two-year transitional sober living home for 22 residents who have graduated from recovery programs, is our supportive community that prevents participants from falling into homelessness. At City Hope Community Center, vulnerable neighbors enjoy family-style meals and fun nights of movies and karaoke, plus bathrooms, hot showers, and even socks and toothbrushes. COVID temporarily requires to-go meals outdoors, but we continue to feed and deliver groceries to hundreds weekly. Video, Rev. Paul Trudeau; Video, Sally Steele

NPD Committees
Thank you to the volunteers whose commitment and talents are always at the heart of producing National Philanthropy Day! If you would like to be a part for NPD 2021, please contact us.

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chairs 2020

Louise Gregory, Executive Director of Development, UC Berkeley Library
Ken Sommer, Director of Advancement, George Mark Children's House

Awards Committee Co-Chairs 2020

Janet Harris, ACFRE, Principal, Palisade Consultants 
Liz Kolcun, President and Chief Development Officer, MarinHealth Foundation

Nominating Committee Co-Chairs 2020

Paul Ocampo, Director of Development, Asian Law Center
Nancy Sackson, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Partnership Committee Chair 2020

Debi Harris, Director of Development, Public Advocates

Tributes Committee Co-Chairs 2020

Paul Blaney, Development Manager, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Martha Henderson, My Philanthropy Team