National Philanthropy Day Award Honorees Announced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter

National Philanthropy Day Award Honorees Announced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter
August, 2015 Client News

SAN DIEGO – Aug. 21, 2015 – Ten outstanding community leaders have been chosen as honorees at the upcoming National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. The event, presented by National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, will take place on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. National Philanthropy Day is in its 43rd year and is organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter (AFP San Diego). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Philanthropy: Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure.” Committed to celebrating the rich diversity in the region, National Philanthropy Day recognizes the critical role philanthropy plays in our community and honors those who do it best.

National Philanthropy Day puts the spotlight on the power of philanthropy in San Diego and is a high energy celebration that brings together the people who make a great difference in supporting hundreds of organizations that are strengthening our community each and every day,” said Dani Dawson, senior director of development, office of gift planning for UC San Diego and chapter president of AFP San Diego.” “Every year it’s difficult to select the honorees because we receive so many nominations. This day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the impact of philanthropy in our community. It reminds us of the difference one person or organization can make in the lives of many.”

“Through their passion and dedication to the public good, philanthropists and nonprofit organizations are creating hope, opportunity and a better future for our San Diego region,” said Nancy Rohland, National University Executive Vice President and co-chair of the National Philanthropy Day San Diego 2015 planning committee. “As a nonprofit ourselves, and home of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, National University is pleased to support and celebrate the work of these dedicated individuals and organizations. Philanthropy is aligned with our core value of community and this is a wonderful opportunity to honor those who give so much of their time, energy and dedication to causes that have a profound impact in our everyday lives.
“More than 100 nominations were submitted this year for careful review by the National Philanthropy Day Honorary Committee, made up of a dedicated and diverse group of community leaders, including past honorees with a demonstrated commitment to philanthropy,” says Nancy Jamison, President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers, the event’s honorary committee chair.
AFP San Diego is pleased to announce the names of the following honorees who will be recognized at the 43rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards on Nov. 9, 2015:

Outstanding Philanthropist: Carol Lazier

Outstanding Development/Fundraising Volunteer: Peter Ferrantelli

Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation: UPS San Diego

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Moxie Foundation

Outstanding Organizational Volunteers: Jody Carey & Dennis Wood

Outstanding Development Professional: Rebecca Newman

Outstanding Youth Volunteers: Leslie Renteria and Francisco “Panchito” Martinez

*Special Award for 2015: Outstanding Community Collaborator: United Way of San Diego County

Sponsors for National Philanthropy Day 2015 include (as of Aug. 18, 2015): Presenting Sponsor: National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy; Community Champion Sponsor: UC San Diego; Community Leader Sponsors: Scatena Daniels, The San Diego Business Journal, SDG&E; Community Pacesetter Sponsor: San Diego State University; Community Partner Sponsors: San Diego Magazine and University of San Diego; Community Supporter Sponsors: Bank of America / US Trust, Barney & Barney, Cox Communications, The Elizabeth Hospice, Giving Back Magazine, Jewish Community Foundation, KUSI, Palomar Health Foundation, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, Sharp Healthcare, Southwest Airlines, The Raymond Foundation and The San Diego Foundation; Table Sponsors: The Arc of San Diego, Barrio Logan College Institute, The Bishop’s School, The Child’s Primary School, Clearity Foundation, Coronado Health Foundation, The Fieldstone Foundation, First American Trust, Francis Parker School, Girl Scouts San Diego, Junior League of San Diego, Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc., The Old Globe, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, The San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Padres, San Diego Zoo Global, Scripps Research Institute, Sharp Healthcare, United Way of San Diego County, San Diego Humane Society, and Voice of San Diego; Additional sponsors include: Hilton Bayfront and The Gillespie School and Eye/Comm.

Event Calendar Details
43rd Annual National Philanthropy Day
Monday, November 9, 2015
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets: $85 each (includes parking)

About National Philanthropy Day
National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities, and our world. This year marks the 43rd event for the AFP San Diego Chapter. The luncheon gives the entire community the opportunity to recognize the great contributions—and the people and organizations making a difference—that make San Diego such an extraordinary region. Learn more at

About the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy was established at National University in 2014 through a generous gift by renowned philanthropist and businessman T. Denny Sanford. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy is dedicated to increasing the fundraising strategies of nonprofits and cause organizations so that they can maximize their impact on the public good. The Institute offers seminars, certificates and a master’s program, with curriculum developed by the University’s School of Business and Management and Division of Extended Learning. The programs offered through the Institute address critical needs in the nonprofit sector with a focus on cause sales, cause leadership, and donor relations. For more information about the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, which is part of the Sanford Education Center at National University.

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter
Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter (AFP San Diego) is dedicated to empowering people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, certification, mentorships, and diversity recruitment. The AFP San Diego Chapter represents more than 350 professionals who are the leaders of their respective nonprofit organizations. AFP was formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE). Since 1972, AFP has been honoring the spirit of philanthropy in our community by honoring local individuals and companies for their philanthropic endeavors.