|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.