The 2018 NPD Honorees

AFP Golden Gate congratulates the 2018 National Philanthropy Day Honorees! These donors, volunteers, professionals, foundations, corporations and organizations exemplify the strength and vitality of our philanthropic community in the Bay Area. AFP Golden Gate's National Philanthropy Day Committee congratulates the honorees and acknowledges the many worthy nominations from which these honorees were chosen.

Nominations for the 2019 NPD Honorees are open through May 31st. Please click here for the nominations form.

 

Lifetime Achievement

Roselyne (Cissie) Chroman Swig

This award honors an individual with an enduring record of accomplishment in philanthropy, fundraising or grantmaking, who has demonstrated exceptional civic and charitable leadership that inspires others to assume philanthropic roles in the community. The award is bestowed by the Board of Directors of AFP Golden Gate at the recommendation of the NPD 2018 Awards Committee.

Roselyne (Cissie) Chroman Swig has spent decades devoted to her strong, active interests concerning the global Jewish community, women's empowerment, domestic violence prevention, social welfare, arts and culture, political advocacy, and education. Among other positions of board leadership, Roselyne has served as present of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin County and the Peninsula, and chairperson of The San Francisco Art Institute, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Partners Ending Domestic Abuse. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of San Francisco, Mills College, and Santa Clara University and has received special Named Achievement awards from the Jewish Community Federation, Jewish Vocational Service, The Junior League of San Francisco, SPUR, Jewish Family and Children's Services, Shalom Bayit, the Jewish Community Relations Council, San Francisco Village, The Girl Scouts of America, the San Francisco Public Library, and ARTCARE. Roselyne is a "lifelong learner" with eternal curiosity! She enjoyed 47 years of marriage with Richard Lewis Swig, the youngest son of philanthropists and leaders Mae and Benjamin Swig, and is grateful for her four adult children, twelve loving grandchildren, and one great grandson.
           

 
Outstanding Philanthropists

Arthur Rock & Toni Rembe Rock

This 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.

Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock have been instrumental in creating large-scale change in the Bay Area over the past 40 years, significantly fostering equitable education for all, nonprofit organization-building and collaboration, legal services and advocacy, and entrepreneurship. They have provided the means--both financial and mentoring--for many nonprofits and academic centers to thrive for the common good. Their philanthropy has included developing and supporting programs for low-income children (BASIC Fund), foster children (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), and teachers (Teach for America), as well as countless other initiatives in higher education and the arts--most notably at Harvard and Stanford universities and UCSF.
           
 
Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer

Priscilla Geeslin

This 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 demonstrates exceptional skills coordinating and inspiring volunteers for projects that benefit charitable institutions and shows a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy.

Priscilla Geeslin has been a leader in the development world of San Francisco for over two decades. As a trustee and chair of the Development Committee at A.C.T., she saw the organization increase its annual fundraising by an unprecedented 16% in 2018. Not content to rest on those laurels, she has expended her fundraising role to serve as co-chair of A.C.T.'s The Next Act capital campaign. Additionally, Priscilla has led the efforts for A.C.T.'s most successful galas in each of the past two years, consistently breaking records for funds raised and number of attendees. Her involvement is not limited to theater. She has been intimately involved in both raising funds for and contributing to the San Francisco Symphony, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, and Grace Cathedral. As one nominator said, "She has expert knowledge of our city's and our world's sophisticated philanthropic ecosystem." To those lucky enough to work with her, her quick sense of humor and dedication to mission are legendary.    
 
           

 
Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional

David Madson, ACFRE, Senior Associate Director of Development for the Biosciences, Stanford University

This award honors an individual fundraising professional who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner.

David Madson has served in a steady stream of development roles at high-impact organizations: Stanford University, Alameda Health System Foundation, Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, Cal State East Bay, University of California San Francisco, UC Berkeley, University of Minnesota, and Film in the Cities. Wherever he was, he practiced the highest ethics and relationship-building while matching his institution's development goals with potential donors' interests, ultimately earning the highest designation in his profession: Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive.
           

 
Outstanding Foundation Professional

Linda Wood, Senior Director, Leadership Initiatives, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

This award honors a foundation professional who individually initiates or supports creative nonprofit efforts and works to develop philanthropic partnerships with organizations and communities. This is a professional whose individual contributions to nonprofit/foundation philanthropic teamwork are exceptionally effective or unique.

Linda Wood has overseen in vestment in leadership development at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund since 2003. She founded the organization's flagship Flexible Leadership Awards program, which has provided more than $11 million in multi-year support to help 80 social change organizations strengthen their leadership to get better results. She has helped pioneer new approaches to leadership development in areas including executive coaching and leadership transitions. Of note, she has elevated fundraising as a strategic leadership issue. Linda has been a champion of diversity and emerging leaders. She is a founder not only of the Bay Area Capacity Building Funders group but also of the National Leadership Funders network. 
        

 
Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaking Organization

Y&H Soda Foundation

This award recognizes a private or community foundation or grantmaking organization that provides financial support, inspiration, encouragement and motivation to nonprofits and grantmakers alike – as well as developing innovative approaches to philanthropy.

Ever since it was founded in 1964, the Y&H Soda Foundation (the inititials are from founders Y. Chet and Helen Soda) has served the communities of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, providing grants to nonprofit, grassroots organizations in support of services for the underserved. Because the organization recognizes that poverty has many sources, it targets its strategies at the individual, community, and policy levels. Grants are made to nonprofits that enable family economic success, community organizing, safety net innovation, immigrant legal services, and nonprofit development. Each year, its grants have totaled $5 million to local organizations in alignment with its values and agenda--to offer the opportunity for economic stability to all.
           

 
Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker

Blue Shield of California Foundation

This 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.

BSCF is honored this year for its transformative approach to supporting trauma survivors of domestic abuse. It has invested in understanding the root causes of violence and inequality and in empowering multicultural survivors so they can help find the solutions that work in their diverse cultures and heritages. It does this in collaboration with its grantee partners, including health care professionals, domestic violence advocates, social service providers, and policy-makers. With its focus on two major social issues--access to quality health care and the elimination of domestic violence--it is one of the major funders in these areas.
           

 

   

  Vineyards Award

Insight Prison Project

This award celebrates an organization having an operating budget of less than $1,000,000 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,

Founded in 1997 with one class for 14 men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, the Insight Prison Project now helps thousands of men, women and youth at fifteen state prisons in California and in four other states. Its core program of restorative justice is called the Victim Offender Education Group and is comprised of an 18-24 month curriculum developed by mental health therapists, prisoners, victims, and family survivors of victims. It's designed to inspire participants to develop insight, accountability, integrity, responsibility, and compassion for their behaviors and their effects on others. The result, as one nominator said, is "the ripple effect of awesome," leading to successful reentry into communities, less institutional violence, and individual health and spiritual well-being.
           

   

  Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Keystone Club, Boys and Girls Clubs San Francisco

This award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5 to 17 who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy.

The Keystone Club is the "ultimate" teen program of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco (founded in 1891), focusing on academic success, career preparation, and community service for youth aged 14-18. The program matches teens with organizations and events in the community where they can build such skills and become "greater versions of themselves." Their recent contributions have been to Cutting Ball Theater as student interns, to Safe Passage Tenderloin for their workshops on technology and screen time, to the Trust for Public Land, where they served as community ambassadors at the recent opening of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, and to the Vietnamese Youth Development Center, which enjoys socializing with Keystone Club members at their Tenderloin clubhouse.