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AFP GGC - National Philanthropy Day 2012 Award Recipients


Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter marks one day to celebrate the spirit of giving by recognizing exemplars in philanthropy and social change. Awards are presented to individuals and institutions whose giving to the community inspires all of us. We are pleased to honor the following 2012 award recipients.


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Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy
Helen Diller
Through the Helen Diller Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, HELEN DILLER is recognized as a creative and involved philanthropist supporting programs benefiting a diverse array of causes, such as cancer research, Jewish studies and youth leadership, education, and art. A $35 million gift in 2003 from Mrs. Diller and her family to UCSF for cancer research, now named the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Care Center, was at the time the largest one-time gift from individual donors in the hospital’s history. Since 1999, Mrs. Diller and her family have contributed over $200 million to charitable organizations, locally as well as worldwide.

Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy. The award honors an individual or family with a proven lifetime record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on in the community.


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Outstanding Philanthropist
Maurice Kanbar

The world is in need of visionaries that touch on the myriad areas of healthcare, education and the arts. Our Outstanding Philanthropist of the year, MAURICE KANBAR, has donated millions of dollars to health care, health care research, and medical ethics. With an eye for beauty and the fine arts, he has created venues for theater, film festivals and public television. Maurice equally understands the importance of preparing the next generation through education. With that knowledge, he has led and completed numerous capital campaigns ensuring not only the longevity of college and university programs, but has supported the buildings that house those innovative programs. Maurice Kanbar has touched our nation with a generosity that will enhance the lives of generations to come.

The Outstanding Philanthropist 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, and who encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in their communities.


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Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Lori Fogarty
With over twenty years of museum experience, Oakland Museum of California executive director LORI FOGARTY has met high expectations in exhibition and programming strategies, operations and long-range planning, community engagement, and capital campaign and expansion projects. OMCA, under Lori’s leadership, recently completed a $62 million campaign to renovate and expand its landmark building and make relevant the populist museum’s experience to the 21st century visitor.

The Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award honors an individual fundraising professional who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner

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Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Carla Betts
As a well-known and long-time community volunteer, CARLA BETTS has dedicated over three decades to creating opportunities for living and learning in the Oakland and Piedmont areas. From her tireless dedication to ensuring that young people of all ages enjoy the innocent fun of Children’s Fairyland, her fundraising expertise helping to raise over $1 million annually for the Oakland Museum of California, to her role as Treasurer, President and Chairman of numerous fundraisers to support the goals of the Lincoln Child Center, Carla has enhanced the lives of many deserving individuals and family in her beloved East Bay.

The Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects of more than one nonprofit organization. The recipient should demonstrate exceptional skills coordinating and inspiring groups of volunteers for fundraising projects that benefit charitable institutions and show a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy


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Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
JP MORGAN CHASE & CO.’S philanthropic goal is simple: to be a catalyst for meaningful, positive and sustainable change within high-need neighborhoods and communities across the globe. In 2010, JP Morgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $150 million through grants and sponsorships to thousands of non-profit organizations across 28 domestic markets and 25+ countries worldwide. It also supports the individual interests of their employees through Matching Gift and volunteer programs.

Their investment in Bay Area communities are numerous. JP Morgan Chase’s Community Renaissance Strategy has had a signficiant impact on San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. They participate at both the Leadership and Steering Committee level of a vital civic initiative in San Francisco’s HOPE SF, a cross-sector funding collaborative to support human capital, economic, education, and health programs for public housing residents of multiple San Francisco public housing sites that will be transformed into thriving, mixed-income communities. In addition, J.P. Morgan Chase’s support of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) in East Oakland is strengthening the economic vitality of the region. JPMorgan Chase is also serving as a Corporate Founding Sponsor to help Year Up Bay Area, which equips young urban adults with the skills and support to obtain entry-level jobs, launch its first year of operations in Silicon Valley. JPMorgan Chase's tremendous and unwavering commitment is a making a positive difference in Bay Area communities and very much embodies the criteria for this award..

The Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker Award recognizes a corporation or its foundation that displays an outstanding commitment to philanthropy not only through its financial support but also by encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement activities 


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Outstanding Foundation or Community Grantmaker
Tipping Point Community
In the words of the TIPPING POINT COMMUNITY Founder and CEO Daniel Lurie, “So many organizations in the philanthropic sector have their hearts in the right place, but when it comes to fighting poverty, good intentions aren’t enough. Low-income families deserve access to the most effective services that can help them break the cycle of poverty for good, and donors deserve a return on their philanthropic investments.”
The Tipping Community is boldly committed to eliminating poverty in the Bay Area. A community of advocates, investors, activists, companies and individuals, the Tipping Point Community finds, funds and partners with high-impact organizations dedicated to changing Bay Area families and individuals in need.
Since its founding in 2005, Tipping Point Community has raised more than $50 million to educate, employ, house and support more 160,000 Bay Area people in need.

The Tipping Community’s Board underwrites all operating and fundraising costs so that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to grantees. The Tipping Point distributes gifts across four issue areas critical to the fight against poverty: education, housing, employment and wellness. The Tipping Point Community screens hundreds of non-profits, conducts more than 350 in-depth site visits to select and support organizations with strong, effective leadership, clean financials and measurable results, including organizations such as: Year Up, Rubicon Programs, Homeless Prenatal Programs (HPP), and Bayview Child Health Center (BCHC) among many others. Tipping Community’s innovative and impactful grant-making is a regional and national model of excellence – one that reflects a sincere commitment to Bay Area families and produces meaningful and long-term results. 

The Outstanding Foundation or Community Grantmaker Award recognizes a private or community foundation or community grantmaking organization that provides financial support, inspiration, encouragement and motivation to nonprofits and grantmakers alike – as well as developing innovative approaches to philanthropy. 

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Outstanding Foundation Professional
Retha Robinson
In the words of a colleague, RETHA ROBINSON “has always been and continues to be an overall super-woman.” Ms. Robinson serves as the director of the San Francisco Community Foundation’s Koshland Program, a community development program that is working toward civic unity, leadership development, neighborhood partnerships, and encouraging civic participation and celebrating unsung community heroes. Under Ms. Robinson's guidance, each year the Koshland Program chooses a neighborhood in the Bay Area and makes a five-year commitment towards improving the quality of life. Ms. Robinson has been with the Foundation for over two decades, working primarily in community building efforts throughout Bay Area neighborhoods. She is chair of the board of directors of the Girls After School Academy and chief financial officer of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy. Ms. Robinson is a member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the National Center for Black Philanthropy, and Neighborhood Funders Group, and an advisory board member of the Bay Area Women and Children's Resource Center. She received a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. 

The Outstanding Foundation Professional Award honors a foundation professional who individually initiates or supports creative nonprofit efforts and who works to develop philanthropic partnerships with organizations and communities. This will be a professional whose individual contributions to nonprofit/foundation philanthropic teamwork is exceptionally effective or unique.

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Vineyards Award
Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation
Founded in 1996, KRISTI YAMAGUCHI'S ALWAYS DREAM FOUNDATION was established with one purpose in mind: to support organizations that have a positive influence on children. In the words of the legendary figure skater, the foundation is an expression of her personal motto – “always dream.” From its early beginnings as a community collaboration with the United Way of the Bay Area, the Foundation has steadily grown into a public charity serving California, Nevada and Hawaii. The Foundation’s goal is to find innovative ways to provide funding for a diverse range of programs designed to inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children and adolescents. Since its inception, the Always Dream Foundation has purchased computers for an after-school mentoring program, provided 'shopping sprees' for underprivileged children to purchase back-to-school clothing, and sponsored summer camp for kids with disabilities. Most recently, the Foundation opened the Always Dream Play Park -- an extraordinary playground where all children, including those facing the challenges of a disability, can learn from each other and play together. The Foundation has provided close to $1million in grants to organizations serving Bay Area children and families. 

The Vineyards Award celebrates an organization having less than $500,000 in private support but which is nonetheless effectively addressing serious community problems. This is a visionary group that, through passionate staff commitment and the innovative use of volunteers and/or community partnerships, is an inspirational model for other nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and individuals.