2021 NPD Honorees


AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the AFP-GLAC 2021 National Philanthropy Day Awards:

Outstanding Corporate Award  

Linda Duncombe is executive vice president and chief marketing, product and digital officer of City National Bank. Linda leads a team that is responsible for advancing the company’s brand and digital strategy, articulating its value proposition and supporting business development.

Linda oversees marketing, client experience, advertising and communications, as well as digital channels, product development, credit cards and multicultural outreach. She is also responsible for the bank’s technology innovation team, which identifies and deploys fintech solutions for City National and its clients.

Linda is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and reports to Chief Executive Officer Kelly Coffey. She also serves as co-chair of the bank’s Women’s Network and chair of the bank’s LGBTQ Alliance.

Prior to joining City National, Linda was the global head of design for Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank and the chief marketing officer and head of growth for Citi FinTech. In this capacity, she managed the Global Consumer Bank’s digital and mobile transformation, as well as the marketing and communication strategy for Citi FinTech.

In 2021, 2020 and 2019, Linda was named to Variety’s list of the most powerful women in Hollywood, and she was recognized as one of the most influential women in banking by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2021 and 2020. Linda was also named in the Top Teams in American Banker’s most powerful women in banking in 2021.

Linda serves on the boards of Broadway Cares, the Grammy Museum, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and EvoNexus.

Linda earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Sydney University. She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, and she completed Citi’s Women’s Leadership Development Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Born in Australia, Linda began her career with National Australia Bank and held a variety of roles in business banking, private banking and consumer banking. She went on to serve as the head of customer franchise with Citi in Australia, where she led digital banking, customer experience and marketing.

City National Bank, our Outstanding Corporation of the Year, has been committed to making a difference in the community by making charitable donations to worthwhile causes for over 67 years. The Los Angeles-based bank offers a full complement of banking, trust and investment services through over 74 offices, including 19 full-service regional centers across the country. In 2020, CNB donated a total of $13.2 million to a wide range of worthwhile organizations and causes, including more than $2 million to specifically help communities through the pandemic. They exemplify what it means to put the community first and make a positive impact on the environment and economy. City National bank has been nationally recognized for their philanthropic contributions and beyond. Honors include receiving Forbes Ranking: Best Employers for Diversity 2020 for a third consecutive year; New Forbes Ranking: Best Employers for Women 2020; and Los Angeles Business Journal: 2020 Top Corporate Philanthropy List

City National Bank  (CNB) was nominated by Cedars-Sinai in recognition for their decades long partnership. CNB’s generous contributions to Cedars-Sinai enable scientists to identify the molecular cause of a particular disease such as cancer or diabetes, and use state-of-the-art technology to discover, develop and deliver personalized, lifesaving therapies for patients. City National Bank has been an incredible pillar of support for the Los Angeles community, especially during this tumultuous and trying year.

Outstanding Private Foundation Award  

Nanci Christopher is an actress and playwright. She performed her solo show, “AND BABY MAKES TWO – an adoption tale” at the Santa Monica Playhouse for over three months. Nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Published by Samuel French. Invited guest at the Humana Festival at The Actors Theatre of Louisville and the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference in Connecticut. Currently an Associate Member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, California.

Nanci’s new solo show, “ONE MINUTE OF HAPPINESS – a tale of sisterhood and baking” is a poignant, tragic and often humorous account of her relationship with her severely bi-polar sister, Gloria. Each story flows naturally into the next as Nanci and her family try to survive the upheaval of Gloria’s illness as it rips apart any semblance of normal family life. It is also a story of redemption and healing through the sisters’ attempt to stay connected via their shared passion for baking.

Nanci began the Sugar & Stilettos Charitable Foundation over ten years ago as a way to combine her artistic talents with her philanthropic heart and to continue the legacy of giving back she learned from her beloved Dad Murray Neidorf. 

As a single mom Nanci could not imagine the desperation she would feel if she could not feed her son. After much research she chose the Westside Food Bank to be the beneficiary of her efforts to feed as many women, children and families as possible in her own community.

To date the Sugar & Stilettos Charitable Foundation has raised and disbursed over $600,000 to the Westside Food Bank and provided over 2.4 MILLION MEALS…OOH LA LA as we like to say at S&S!

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization Award

Veronica Dover is the CEO/Executive Director of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. Veronica is a seasoned nonprofit executive with 28 years of nonprofit management experience.  

She has experience in many different types of human services including behavioral health, nutrition, early childhood development, adult day care, senior services, the management of community and senior centers, senior housing programming, community-based services, child abuse prevention and collaborative community engagement. 

Veronica holds a master’s degree in psychology and a certificate in aging.   She has been the CEO/Executive Director of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels since October of 2018.  

Prior to her current position, Veronica was the Chief Operating Officer for Family Service Association, a large multi-service nonprofit located in the Inland Empire, where she served for close to 25 years. 

Veronica has dedicated her career to service in the nonprofit sector, working tirelessly to build community, help the traumatized, and bring people together to maximize impact.  In addition to her management work, Veronica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice since 1998.  

She loves collaborating with others, building teams, training, and teaching, and hearing the perspectives of seniors and children.  In her time off, she enjoys time with family and friends, hiking, swimming and time at the beach or the mountains.  

Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Created in 2006, Guadalupe Radio is a nonprofit radio station committed to form, entertain and educate in human values.

Guadalupe Radio reaches an audience that includes migrants and underserved communities from Santa Clarita, California to Tijuana, Mexico.  It is a comforting resource and faithful companion in good and bad times because it addresses the problems the community faces in their daily lives. The station provides content entirely in Spanish from psychologists, family counselors, pastors, motivators, and experts in personal development. 

In addition to a commitment to improving people's lives, Guadalupe Radio is also active in supporting communities in time of need.  In 2018, the station donated over $92K USD to Catholic Charities assisting children separated from their families at the border. In 2017, the station donated $227K USD to the Red Cross to help the many families affected by the earthquake in Mexico City.

Under the leadership of Dr. René Heredia, Guadalupe Radio modernized the radio and TV studios as well as the chapel with state-of-the-art technology that allows the organization to broadcast formative visual radio content, podcasts and video series. 

Using the skills learned in over two decades of business management, strategy and organizational change, Dr. Heredia came to the station with a vision for the future and got the support of numerous donors to start the process of digital transformation. Today, Guadalupe Radio has one of the most innovative digital platforms capable of streaming content through mobile (iOS/Android) and TV applications (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV & Google TV) as well as a new website that enhances the listener experience.

Its expansive and unique programming, dedicated audience in California, digital platforms plus its social media presence with over four million followers, make it one of the most relevant Spanish language radio stations in the country and a leader in the digital age.


Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees of this year’s National Philanthropy Day Awards!

Join AFP-GLAC to learn about the accomplishments of our awardees and their significant philanthropic contributions at the virtual National Philanthropy Day Conference on Friday, November 5.  You can also meet them in-person at the AFP-GLAC Holiday Mixer and Inspirational Luncheon on December 7, 2021 at the Omni Los Angeles.

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