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NPD 2021 Morning Forum

NPD Morning Forum: “Philanthropy Across Our Diverse Bay Area Communities”

Moderator: Michael Krasny, PhD


New data recently released by the US Census Bureau from last year’s 2020 Census confirms what many were already speculating: racial and enthic diversity has continued to increase across the United States over the past decade and particularly in California, the most populous state in the nation.

California’s white population fell by 24% between 2010 and 2020 while California’s Asian population grew by 25% to 6 million people. Hispanics surpassed whites as California’s largest ethnic group, growing by 11% to 15.5 million, just shy of 40% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. California has the highest Native American population in the country with 1.4 million residents representing 3.5% of the state’s population.

What are the implications of increasing diversity across our communities for philanthropy? This year’s Philanthropy Forum brings together a diverse group of volunteer fundraisers, philanthropists and civic leaders to explore how philanthropy and fundraising are practiced across the diverse communities of the Bay Area.

We invite you to join this engaging conversation.

 NPD 2021 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 18th.

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alvin H. Baum, Jr., Lois De Domenico
This award honors individuals with enduring records of accomplishment in philanthropy, fundraising or granting, and who have demonstrated exceptional civic and charitable leadership.

Alvin H. Baum, Jr.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Al attended Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Later he attended UC Berkeley, earning his master's in City & Regional Planning. Al worked for the SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission, and then led a private city planning firm. During the AIDS epidemic, Al earned a master's in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Al served on several nonprofit boards, including the ACLU of Northern California, New Israel Fund, Jewish Family & Children's Service, Jewish Community Federation, Access Institute, Lamda Legal, Horizons Foundation, and Fine Arts Museums. He passed away in March 2021 and is survived by his husband, Robert. Video

Lois De Domenico

Lois De Domenico is the co-creator of Rice-A-Roni, known across the country as The San Francisco Treat. Her personal connection to this iconic convenience food was featured on National Public Radio’s Hidden Kitchens series.

A major Bay Area philanthropist, she has served on boards of Mills College, East Bay Community Foundation, the Oakland Ballet and KQED. In 1997 she was named philanthropist of the year by the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Lois served on the board of Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, a local affiliate of a national nonprofit dedicated to girls education. A yoga practitioner for five decades, Lois has always been active in what she calls hands-on philanthropy, including teaching yoga to middle school students at Northern Light School in Oakland.

The mother of four, grandmother of five and great grandmother of four, Lois lives in Piedmont, California with her beloved cat Max. Video

Outstanding Philanthropist Award: Bruce Braden
As a philanthropist, Bruce Braden is a critical thinker, a creative problem-solver, and an advocate for personal enrichment. Following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at age 38, he co-founded the Braden Diabetes Center. Bruce is dedicated to providing the same level of support and education for others less fortunate. That dedication is also reflected in serving on Marin Hospital’s board for the past 11 years. He has also served on the board of the Smuin Contemporary Ballet for the past 15 years.

Education in all areas is essential to Bruce’s philosophy. In helping to create the Stanford Storytelling Project and the LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning at his alma mater, Bruce wanted students from any discipline to benefit from the arts. Fulfilling the business side of his wide-ranging interests, Bruce earned his graduate degree at Golden Gate University School of Taxation, now known as the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation.

Through both his personal and philanthropic endeavors, Bruce Braden has demonstrated that the pursuit of well-rounded life is ultimately the most rewarding. Video

Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaking Organization Award: Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation
Stephen and Ayesha Curry launched Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation in July 2019 to help improve the lives of kids and families in Oakland, the Bay Area, and across the country.  Eat. Learn. Play. focuses on three vital pillars of a healthy childhood — nutrition, education, and physical activity. With our partners, Eat. Learn. Play. focuses our work on fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to  quality education and providing safe places for all children to play and be active. Video

Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker Award: Mollie Stone's Markets
Making a difference in people’s lives through food since 1986. Mollie Stone’s Markets is locally and family owned and we are inspired by our namesake Mollie Stone, to not only serve our customers, but also serve our community.

Bringing nine Mollie Stone’s Markets to the Bay Area, we are committed to providing customers with nourishing food and superior customer service. We work with local growers and brands to bring our customers high-quality products in every aisle. We also strive to strengthen our communities by donating to local hospitals, foodbanks, schools, first-responders and various non-profits in the community through direct financial support, food, PPE, time volunteered, and customer match programs.

Mike Stone, owner and CEO feels strongly about giving, saying, "There is no greater need during one's lifetime than to support our community… If I can make a difference in one persons' life, what greater gift is there?" Video

Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaking Professional: Cathy Cha
Cathy Cha is president and CEO of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Under her leadership, Haas, Jr. is pursuing new ways to advance equality and justice so every person has opportunities to thrive and live life with dignity and hope.

Cathy’s approach to collaboration has helped spark wide-ranging social impact, including California’s leadership among states in adopting pro-immigrant policies. She is a frequent public speaker on civic engagement, immigration, and innovative philanthropy. Named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2019, Cathy has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. Video

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award: William (Bill) Glenn
William D. Glenn has provided leadership for many organizations, as board chair of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, of Citizens Funds, and currently of The Graduate Theological Union, as well as vice-chair of KQED. An educator prior to his long career as a psychotherapist, he led Continuum, where he directed a successful capital campaign and was vice president for the San Francisco Foundation. He and his spouse, Scott Hafner, have chaired two additional campaigns, for the Pacific School of Religion, and recently, a most successful endowment campaign, raising more than $125M in testamentary gifts for Horizons Foundation. He is currently a trustee of the Morris K. Stulsaft Foundation in San Francisco. Video

Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Georgi Kelly
Georgi Kelly is KQED's Vice President, Development. She leads Major, Planned, and Foundation giving, and has led KQED's Campaign 21 raising more than $139M to transform KQED’s programs and renovate their headquarters. She has also led KQED's fundraising partnerships with NPR and PBS.

Kelly joined KQED in April 2001 as Director, Signal Society. In 2004, she launched the Producer's Circle; and, in 2008, when Signal Society and Producer’s Circle were combined into one team, she was named Sr. Director, Leadership Gifts.

Prior to KQED, Georgi held progressively responsible and leadership positions in development at Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Raphael House, San Francisco Education Fund, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, and Charitableway. Video

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Amador Valley High School Student Leadership Committee
The Mr. Amador program's annual goal is to raise both funds and awareness for the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, CA. The house is a pediatric palliative care center that takes care of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. They offer respite care, transitional care, and end-of-life care. These families stay at the house for no cost, making it even more important for us to help. The program culminates with a final show, where 10 of Amador’s most well-rounded men compete in a talent show to raise money for the House. Video

Vineyards Award: The New Breath Foundation
Established in 2017, the New Breath Foundation (NBF) is the first foundation created and directed by a formerly incarcerated “juvenile lifer” (Eddy Zheng). NBF is uniquely positioned to transform philanthropy, policies, and systems to more effectively invest in and create durable impacts to end mass incarceration. NBF grew out of the grassroots movements to prevent community violence, end mass incarceration, address immigration/deportation issues, and advance racial justice and solidarity. NBF staff and board members have spent decades organizing around these issues, with expertise in community organizing, fundraising, non-profit governance, philanthropy, and leadership development.

Based on its collective skills and expertise, NBF is in a strong position to conduct grantmaking that is founded on collaboration, trust, and relationship building. NBF’s greatest successes have come from a hybrid approach that combines grantmaking with leadership development, convening, and advocacy strategies. NBF provides grants to frontline organizations while simultaneously providing key leadership, support, coordination, and organizing to advance racial justice and solidarity. Video

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 2022, please contact us.

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chairs 2021

Tim Whalen, Chief Development Officer, Save the Redwoods League
Louise Gregory, Executive Director of Development, UC Berkeley Library
Nicole Brown, Director, Individual Philanthropy, 826 Valencia

Awards Committee

Ken Sommer, Director of Advancement, George Mark Children's House
Liz Kulcun, President and Chief Development Officer, Marin Health Foundation
Chandra Alexandre, Chief Executive Officer, Community Action Marin
Jasmine Jones, MPA, Executive Director, West Contra Costa Public Education Fund
Kay Sprinkel Grace, FAFP, Principal and Founder, Transforming Philanthropy
Charles Casey, President, Pacifice Foundation Services
Miguel Ruelas, Director of Development, Hospice by the Bay
Amy Charles, Programs Associate and Eureka Fellowship Director, Fleishhacker Foundation
Judy Agnew, Senior Managing Director, Regional Development at Conservation International
Jared Scherer, Director of Donor Events, California Academy of Sciences

Nominating Committee 

Nancy Sackson
Wanda Scott, Founder and Principal Consultant, Wanda Scott and Associates
Mona Chang, Major Gift Officer, Tipping Point Community
Iris Fluellen, Campaign Director, San Francisco/Marin Food Bank
Alex Horton, Senior Program Officer, Genentech Foundation
Nancy Kami, Executive Director, The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Brenda Laribee, Senior Development Officer, East Bay Community Foundation
Fred Levin, Chair, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Katherine Thompson, Chief Development and Communications Officer and Canon Development, Grace Cathedral

Tributes Committee 

Paul Blaney, Development Manager, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Henry Pacheco, Senior Advisor, Capacity Blueprint
Martha Henderson