2018 National Philanthropy Day


AFP Golden Gate Celebrated National Philanthropy Day 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018, 11 a.m - 1:30 p.m. | The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel

National Philanthropy Day is always a special day to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy — and those active in the philanthropic community — make to our lives, communities and world. This year on November 16th, AFP Golden Gate celebrated inspirational Bay Area individuals, organizations and businesses who generously give their time, talents and resources to all that philanthropy makes possible.


Review of the Day's Events

10:30                    Registration Check In Opened

11:00-12:00          Welcome Reception: wines and waters were served

12:00-1:30            Luncheon Celebration and Awards Program took place to a sold out house

Master of Ceremonies was Sydnie Kohara, Kohara Group LLC: Sydnie has more than 30 years experience helping people tell their stories around the world, from Singapore to London and San Francisco to New York. As an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, she's interviewed business legends, international luminaries and political leaders, from Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines and Alibaba's Jack Ma to Aki Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. With the Kohara Group, Sydnie produces media projects and corporate webinars for Fortune 500 companies like Oracle and Charles Schwab & Company, and provides executive training and strategic media plans for a diverse set of clients. Her latest fundraising video helped raise a million dollars for one Bay Area nonprofit! Sydnie is a member of Asia Foundation's Lotus Circle, a vibrant community of philanthropists championing work across 18 countries.

Presentation to Honorees: Honorees had a video about their work shown, and made inspiring remarks and received their awards on stage.

Spirit of Philanthropy Awardees: These awards were given to approximately 30 individuals recognized by table sponsors.

In Tribute: Musical guest accompanied a slideshow honoring members of the philanthropic community who passed away in the past year.