2023 Event

National Philanthropy Day / Orange County

Thursday, November 16, 2023
City National Grove of Anaheim

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities the world.

2023 Outstanding honorees

Legacy Award - Leona Aronoff Sadacca
nominated by Pacific Symphony, Temple Bat Yahm, Hebrew Union College, Think Together, South Coast Repertory, Jewish Federation of Orange County

Philanthropist - Tarsadia Foundation

nominated by CASA of Orange County, Cal State Fullerton, OC Human Relations Council, Big Brothers-Big Sisters

Volunteer Fundraisers - Ryan and Paige Getzlaf
nominated by Cure Duchenne

Philanthropic Group - Orange County Grantmakers
nominated by Orange County Community Foundation, PIMCO Foundation, Simon Family Foundation, First 5 Orange County, Sun Family Foundation

Mid-Size Corporation - Casanova McCann
nominated by Cal State Fullerton, Oasis Center International

Small Corporation - My Private Professor
nominated by Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, Tustin Public Schools Foundation, South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency
Youth - Ethan Yochum
nominated by Make a Wish

Non-Profit Founder - Ed Lee
ed by Culture Series


2022 Outstanding honorees

Philanthropist - Jacqueline DuPont-Carlson
nominated by The Illumination Foundation, Alzheimer's Orange County and UCI MIND

Volunteer Fundraiser - Rossina Gallegos
nominated by OC Human Relations, Santa Ana College Foundation and Orange County Community Housing Corporation

Philanthropic Group - Orange County Association of Health Underwriters
nominated by Options in Insurance Agency LLC, New Hope Grief Support Community

Large Corporation - Pacific Premier Bank
nominated by Project Access, Templo Calvario CDC, Child Creativity Lab, Families Forward and Women's Transitional Living Center

Mid-Size Corporation - Ware Malcomb
nominated by Orange County United Way, Susan G. Komen Orange County and Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Small Corporation - Talonvest Capital
nominated by Ronald McDonald House Orange County
Youth - Jasmine Chhabria
nominated by Sunrise Group, Vanguard University and Girl Scouts of Orange County


2021 Outstanding honorees

Philanthropist - Sun Family Foundation
nominated by The Wooden Floor, Bracken's Kitchen, Dreams for Schools, Tiyya Foundation, Breakthrough San San Juan Capistrano, Casa Teresa and Simon Family Foundation

Volunteer Fundraiser - Eileen Padberg
nominated by WisePlace and Planned Parenthood

Philanthropic Group - Women Investing in Security and Education
nominated by Victoria Collins, Girl Scouts Orange County, Girls Inc., Miracle Mile Advisors, PIMCO and Martlet Asset Management

Large Corporation - Banc of California
nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters, JVS SoCal, Minds Matter of Los Angeles, Project Access, PATH, Food Finders

Mid-Size Corporation - Discount Tire and Service Centers
nominated by Alzheimer's Orange County

Small Corporation - Moxie Marketing
nominated by Goodwill of Orange County
Youth - Saachi Pavani
nominated by Southern California Hospice Foundation, Laura's House, Girl Scouts of Orange County

2020 Outstanding honorees

Philanthropist - Nella Webster O'Grady
nominated by Mission Plasticos, WHW and Girl Scouts of Orange County

Volunteer Fundraiser - Ilona Martin
nominated by Laguna College of Art + Design and Hoag Hospital Foundation

Philanthropic Group - OC Cares
nominated by Serving Kids Hope and University of California, Irvine

Philanthropic Group - Laurie Zagon, Art & Creativity for Healing
nominated by Susan Robertson, Nancy Torbitt-Stewart, Doctors Non-Profit Consulting,
Art & Creativity for Healing

Large Corporation - loanDepot
nominated by UCP of Orange County

Mid-Size Corporation - FivePoint Holdings
nominated by City of Hope and Irvine Public Schools Foundation

Small Corporation - Advance Beauty College
nominated by Asian Business Association of Orange County
and National Asian American Community Foundation
Youth - Karina Tarsadia
nominated by Tarsadia Foundation, Karina's Backpack, Dreams for Schools
Learn more about the 2020 Outstanding Honorees Here

2019 Outstanding honorees

Legacy Award - Sue & Ralph Stern
nominated by Girls, Inc., Jewish Community Center of Orange County, University of California, Irvine

Philanthropist - Keith Swayne
nominated by OC Human Relations, Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast,
UCI MIND, OC Community Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, OC Congregation Community Foundation

Volunteer Fundraiser - Dr. Adrienne Matros
nominated by CHOC Children's Foundation
Philanthropic Group - Junior League of Orange County
nominated by Christina Markl
Youth - Hannah Novakovich
nominated by Thomas House Family Shelter
Founder - Bill Bracken
nominated by Rooster's Foundation, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, Chefs to End Hunger

Large Business - Clark Construction
nominated by Taller San Jose Hope Builder
Mid-Sized Business - Balboa Bay Resort and Club
nominated by New Directions for Women and Orange County School of the Arts
Small Business - Apriem Advisors
nominated by HKA, Southern California Hospice Foundation

Click here for the NPD website, award criteria, and more


Legacy Award - Ueberroth Family Foundation

Philanthropists - Charles and Ling Zhang

Volunteer Fundraiser - Joe Hanauer

Founder - Michelle Wulfesteig

Small Corporation - Shulman Hodges & Bastian, LLP

Mid-Size Corporation - Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning

Large Corporation - Bank of America

Youth - Lauren Best