About National Philanthropy Day

2020 National Philanthropy Day

Coleman__P__Kay_2019.jpgKay Coleman
National Philanthropy Day Planning Chair

Kay Coleman is President & CEO, Del Mar Venture Group LLC, an angel investment firm that provides entrepreneurs with the management expertise and capital required to set them up for success in their critical early years. She has over 30 years of management consulting and M&A experience with a focus on strategic planning, process integration and improvement, and change management. Her work has covered a broad spectrum of industries including energy, consumer products, utilities, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and educational services.

Kay is Chair of The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors and also chairs its Executive Committee having previously served as Vice Chair of its Governance Committee and also on its Finance, Strategic Planning, Compensation and Benefits, and CEO Search Committees. She serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. and is Chair Emeritus of the ACS Desert Coastal Area Board, which includes San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino counties in Southern California and Las Vegas. She previously chaired the Society’s former California Division Board of Directors. In addition, Kay serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Westin Desert Willow Resort in Palm Desert, California.

Kay earned her MBA in Finance and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee. She resides in Encinitas, California.

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Honorary Committee Chairs

Bill: San Diego native and lifelong resident, greatest parents ever, married to Lori for not long enough, living the dream.

Lori: After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Sociology & Business, Lori enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing with Black & Decker, Allergan Pharmaceuticals & Ray-Ban Sunglasses until she decided to leave corporate America to focus on nonprofit work.

Lori’s love and appreciation for servant leadership began in college when she became president of UCLA’s undergraduate service organization. Through her work with UCLA’s alumni association, she learned how to create successful fundraising and donor relations programs.

Lori currently serves as the philanthropy editor for Giving Back Magazine and has a weekly column “Feel Good Friday” in which she highlights philanthropists and nonprofits that are making a significant, positive difference in our community. http://www.gbsan.com/feel-good-friday/

Lori is also a board member of Freedom Dogs and chairs their annual Charity Golf Tournament 
every March at the Del Mar Country Club. Because our country loses almost twice as many soldiers to suicide than combat, Freedom Dogs helps our military personnel successfully transition back to civilian life. Freedom Dogs provides service dogs for the Marines at The Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton who are suffering from the physical and emotional trauma of war.

In addition to Freedom Dogs, Lori is a tireless advocate for organizations such as the Timken Museum, San Diego Symphony, Spay Neuter Action Project, San Diego Police Foundation, San Diego Opera, USO, KPBS, Behind the Bench, UCLA, San Diego Public Library Foundation, San Diego Museum of Man, Friends of Balboa Park, Barrio Logan College Institute, the Monarch School, Girl Scouts, San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, & UCSD.

For her efforts, Lori has been honored by: Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer, Girl Scouts’ Cool Woman Award, American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Legendary

Woman of Distinction, Salvation Army’s Woman of Dedication, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Humane Award, Council Member Lorie Zapf’s Volunteer Appreciation Award, Junior Achievement’s San Diego Business Hall of Fame, The National Conflict Resolution Center’s Peacemaker Award, Fresh Start Surgical, New Children's Museum, San Diego Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership, Copley-Price YMCA San Diego, Mamas Kitchen, PAWS San Diego.

D_Lang.jpgDavid Lang
VP, Resoure Development

David Lang is managing partner of DAL Consulting, and collaborates with a wide variety of diverse organizations to advance shared priorities through strategic guidance, key introductions and cultural insight. Lang also provides major gift fundraising support and counsel resulting in philanthropic investment of the highest levels.

From 2001-2011, Lang was Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the collaborative body and collective voice for 26 cultural institutions in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. The Partnership supported the work of the institutions’ 500 trustees, 2,500 staff, and 7,000 volunteers in service to six million annual visitors by coordinating collective business operations, guest services, government relations, cooperative education programs, marketing, environmental sustainability and strategic planning among the institutions.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Lang was Director of Government Affairs and Assistant to the Chairman of the Board for KSA Industries, parent company of a diverse group of businesses (including the NFL’s Tennessee Titans) in Houston, Texas. Earlier, he was Vice President for Development for the Sigma Chi Fraternity Foundation in Evanston, Illinois.

Active in San Diego community affairs, Lang is a member of the of the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter Board of Directors, YMCA of San Diego County Board of Directors, Corporate Directors Forum Board of Directors, and the Bastyr University Board of Trustees (Seattle and San Diego). He is past president of the San Diego Uptown Rotary Club and previously served on the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees and the Scouting Alumni Association National Committee. Outdoors, this Eagle Scout is an avid triathlete, snow skiing enthusiast, and recreational tennis player.

National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our community and the world. 

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official event was held in 1986 after President Ronald Reagan signed an official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

San Diego’s NPD is one of the largest and most successful in the U.S., attracting between 750 and 1,300 participants including philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, board members, development professionals, business, community, and civic leaders. NPD has been celebrated in San Diego for decades.  Philanthropists who have been recognized include Denny Sanford, Malin Burnham, Earnest Rady and many others who have given back so much to our community. 

Themes have included A Symphony of Philanthropy and Reaching New Heights and in recent years the event itself has been held at The Hilton Bayfront, Copley Symphony Hall, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  Three primary committees are engaged in making the event possible, the Honorary Committee, Planning Committee, and Resource Development Committee.

Recent presenting sponsors have included Sempra Energy, UC San Diego, National University, and Sharp HealthCare, and as many as 65 corporate and foundation sponsorships have been secured in a single year for NPD. There’s nothing quite like the community coming together with hundreds of like-minded San Diegans in support of all of the good work that we accomplish through philanthropy and development.

Please contact Katie Gomez, our Chapter Manager, to get involved in a specific committee to help make National Philanthropy Day 2020 a great success!