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NPD Honorees

AFP Golden Gate is proud to honor these individuals and organizations who exemplify the strength and vitality of the Bay Area's philanthropic community.

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Lifetime Achievement: James Hormel, Mal Warwick
This award honors individuals with enduring records of accomplishment in philanthropy, fundraising or granting, and who have demonstrated exceptional civic and charitable leadership.

James Hormel

NPD Honoree: James HormelAppointed US Ambassador to Luxembourg by President Clinton, James Hormel is the first openly gay person to hold an American ambassadorship. An attorney who also served as the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School, where he earned his JD degree, Jim’s commitment to human rights and equal opportunity has been a defining principle of his philanthropy. In 1986, he sponsored the Hormel Public Service Program at the Law School, and at his alma mater, Swarthmore College, he created a faculty chair in social justice and, with his spouse Michael Nguyen, established a new facility for its Intercultural Center. On the national level, he was a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, and locally, he has established the LGBTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library—the first collection of its kind—as well as supporting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Project Open Hand, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Shanti Project, not to mention his and Michael’s support of so many of the City’s institutions of arts and culture.

Mal Warwick

NPD Honoree: Mal WarwickMentor and mensch, Mal Warwick has served the world of fundraising on every front one can imagine: as board member, volunteer, founder, author, donor. He has authored or edited 17 books recognized as the standards in the field of fundraising. His commitment to nonprofits is longstanding: chairing the boards of the Bay Area Book Festival, GreatNonprofits, and Social Venture Network; serving on the boards of the Fistula Foundation, READ Global, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Berkeley Symphony. He cofounded the Berkeley Community Fund and the Community Bank of the Bay, designed to serve the needs of nonprofits, and founded his own company, now Mal Warwick Donordigital in Berkeley and Washington, D.C. Through all of these endeavors, Mal and his colleagues are credited with raising over $1 billion in small gifts during his career.   

Outstanding Philanthropists: Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang
NPD Honorees: Yang & YamazakiThis 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.

For the past 25 years, Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki have been two of the Bay Area’s leading philanthropists in the areas of conservation, arts and culture, and higher education. Jerry co-founded Yahoo! in 1994 and AME Cloud Ventures in 2012 to invest in and mentor technology startups. He is vice-chair of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees. He and Akiko met at Stanford and have contributed significantly to its Cantor Center for Visual Arts and to the building of its new environment and engineering center, named in their honor. Akiko has served as a trustee, commissioner, and board chair at the Asian Art Museum since 1999 and co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Network in 2002, building substantial endowments at both institutions. The couple are also active members of the Director’s Circle at SFMOMA. As one of their nominators remarked: “They truly invest their time, treasure, and talent in the institutions they support.”

Outstanding Foundation: American Muslim Fund
2019 NPD Honoree: American Muslim FoundationThis 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.

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund is a growing, grassroots community foundation in the United States. Its focus is on creating Donor Advised Funds and Giving Circles, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community. In the last two years it has granted over $1 million to 115 nonprofit organizations. Projects include disaster or humanitarian relief and support for food banks and domestic-violence shelters. A third of the foundation’s donor-advised funds are in the Bay Area. One of its local recipients, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, focuses on protecting the civil liberties of the American Muslim community, for example. Another grantee was supported in her research at Stanford on Muslim mental health. Led by Director Muhi Khwaja, the Foundation’s vision is to lead sacred, sustainable, and strategic Muslim philanthropy for today and future generations.  

Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker: Dolby Laboratories
NPD Honoree: Dolby LaboratoriesThis 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.

Through its Dolby Cares initiative, Dolby Laboratories strives to inspire the next generation of innovators in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and address critical community needs in the global communities it calls home.

The company partners with local nonprofits and schools providing financial and in-kind contributions, employee volunteerism and technical expertise. In fiscal year 2019, Dolby Laboratories provided $775,000 in grants to 70 Bay Area organizations - 64 of them in San Francisco. Dolby also matches employee contributions of volunteer time and financial donations providing over $660,000 to Bay Area and global nonprofit organizations and schools this past year.

Dolby is one of the major corporate stakeholders in the mid-Market area of San Francisco, contributing to organizations like 826 Valencia, Women’s Audio Mission, Code Tenderloin and Downtown Streets Team to support their expansion and programs. Globally, nearly 1,000 Dolby employees donate their time in 20 communities in 14 countries during Dolby Cares Day each spring.

Outstanding Foundation Professional: Hannah Kahn, Arnold Ventures
NPD Honoree: Hannah KahnThis 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.

Hannah Kahn is currently with Arnold Ventures, where she implements its grants-management strategy and builds its technology for supporting data-driven philanthropy. She has also held positions in this specialty at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and at Adobe Foundation. After her years there, she became the first director of grants management for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Here, her team managed more than $500 million in annual giving. Her passion for philanthropy extends to her volunteerism on the boards of other nonprofits whose missions of community-building she values: She is secretary of the board at Outdoor Afro, a national nonprofit organization based in Oakland that has inspired black leadership in the outdoor appreciation of nature with nearly 80 leaders in 30 states. And at Creativity Explored, a visual-arts studio in San Francisco’s Mission district, Hannah has supported the work of artists with developmental disabilities by lending her expertise in fundraising and recruiting new members to its board.  

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer: Diane Goodhue
NPD Honoree: Diane GoodhueThis 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.

Ever since she was a teacher of developmentally challenged Oakland elementary school students for 10 years, Diane Goodhue has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Oakland children and families. She and her husband, Neil, operate Goodhue Investments and believe that doing “well” includes doing “good.” Diane’s volunteerism has included her serving on boards of the Lawrence Hall of Science, Children’s Hospital Branches, the Oakland Symphony League, and the Oakland Ballet. The couple has restored portions of Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland—beloved by Diane’s parents—and contributed greatly to the new Veterinary Hospital at the Oakland Zoo and the purchase of the Fox Oakland Theater for the City of Oakland. Diane received the James Mann Award from Lincoln Child Center for her support of families in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  

Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Sandy Drew, Consultant
NPD Honoree: Sandy DrewThis award honors an individual fundraising professional who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner.

Sandy Drew is a consummate fundraiser. As one of her nominees said, “She has forgotten more than we ever knew.” Working as a director of development, then a consultant with Marts & Lundy, where she co-chaired the Schools Practice Group, and now independently, Sandy has coached dozens of nonprofit executive teams and volunteers. She has worked on capital campaigns ranging in size from $10 million to $100 million for such institutions as Lick-Wilmerding High School, KQED, the Oakland Zoo, Head-Royce School, the Bay School of San Francisco, Pets Lifeline, and Friends of the San Francisco Library, among many others. Ever interested in the development of first-rate fundraising professionals, she co-founded the California Schools Development Conference. As a volunteer, Sandy tutors adults and teens, serves on several boards, and is a volunteer solicitor for her college.  

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Hollis Belger
NPD Honoree: Hollis BelgerThis 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.

Hollis Belger found a cause she could commit to at a young age. At nine, as a young soccer player, she founded Juggling for Jude to support the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Five years later, she has raised an astonishing $350,000—all by juggling her soccer ball for donations. In addition, she writes blogs, sends newsletters, speaks to media, and contacts corporations for support. But her commitment hasn’t stopped there. She gives presentations on the subject at Bay Area schools and throughout the country, raising awareness about pediatric cancer and the role youth can play in philanthropy. In 2018, she was honored as US Soccer’s 2018 “SheBelieves Hero” and was named a St. Jude Ambassador at the recent San Francisco Miracles on the Bay gala. Leading by example, her empathy is contagious.

Vineyards Award: Child Care Law Center
NPD Honoree: Child Care Law CenterThis 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.

Good affordable child care creates opportunities for children, families and communities. But for most families, finding child care feels like winning the lottery. Our state simply hasn’t developed enough licensed, affordable care.

The Child Care Law Center advocates, educates and when necessary litigates because every child has the right to grow and learn, regardless of their family’s income, physical or mental ability, race, ethnicity or language.

In one of their recent significant cases, the Law Center went to court on behalf of 55,000 low-income families.  “The Law Center represented me, so I could keep my affordable child care and then they taught me how to advocate to improve the program for all parents,” said one client. Partnerships with community leaders make the Law Center stand out as a small but driven team dedicated to making good quality child care available and affordable to everyone.