Message from the Co-Chairs

Hope. Aspiration. Optimism. Promise. These words all share a very strong connection to philanthropy – the love of humankind that is at the heart of the nonprofit community.

As we begin emerging from a time in history that has affected us and our community in one way or another, today, we are surrounded by hope. It is in this spirit that we’ll be “Illuminating Hope through Philanthropy” at our 2021 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 at the City National Grove of Anaheim (networking from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., luncheon and program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).

We are increasingly hopeful that we will have the opportunity to celebrate together in-person this year as we honor Orange County’s men, women, businesses and organizations that have dedicated their life to making a difference through philanthropy. Nine of these honorees will also be selected for special recognition as outstanding honorees for their truly exemplary service to Orange County’s philanthropic community.

As in prior years, submission/nomination categories are:

• Legacy
• Philanthropist
• Founder
• Volunteer Fundraiser
• Small Corporation or Business
• Medium Corporation or Business
• Large Corporation or Business
• Philanthropic Group
• Youth or Youth Group

A volunteer panel of community leaders will then review all submissions and select an outstanding honoree from each category. All honorees will be recognized before and during the event, with outstanding honorees recognized onstage at the luncheon.

More details about this year’s National Philanthropy Day will be available during the coming months. But in the meantime, please mark your calendar and make plans to join us as we illuminate hope through philanthropy on November 17.

With hopeful enthusiasm,

Joan McBride, CFRE, 2021 Co-Chair
Elizabeth McKibbin, 2021 Co-Chair 

2020 NPD-OC Committee

The Committee

2021 NPD Honorary

Nella Webster O’Grady

2021 NPD Orange County

Joan McBride, CFRE
Greatrake, McBride & Associates

Elizabeth McKibbin
Orange Catholic Foundation

2021 NPD Orange County
Planning Committee

Esther Ahn, CMP: Sponsorship Committee

Viki Barie, CFRE: Submissions & Judging Co-Chair
St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

Michele Bignardi, CFRE: President, AFPOC
Netzel Grigsby Associates

Donna Bunce: Media/Public Relations
Donna Bunce & Associates

Katie Christopher: Communications Co-Chair
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Kathy Corpuz: Marketing/Webmaster
Orange County Business Council

Kalina Covello, CFRE: Sponsorship Committee
Orange County United Way

Andrea Dabrow: Facilities/Logistics Chair
Tustin Public Schools Foundation

Bill Ennis: Video Production
Media Magic

Scott Evans: AFPOC Administrator

Heather Harwell: Submissions & Judging Co-Chair
St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

Michelle Highberg, CFRE: Volunteers Co-Chair
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

Amanda Hughes: Registration Co-Chair
University of California, Irvine

Kay Linan: Sponsorship Co-Chair
Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Nicole Ogurek: Registration Co-Chair
University of California, Irvine

Chanda Parrett, CFRE: Sponsorship Co-Chair
Chanda Parrett Consulting

Andrea Randle: Sponsorship Committee

Kathy Ruvolo: Program Co-Chair
Orange County Music & Dance

Mitchell Spann: Program Co-Chair
University of California, Irvine

Mary Beth Steen, CFRE: Volunteer Co-Chair
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

Briana Watson: Awards Chair
Pacific Chorale

Robyn Williams: Communications Co-Chair
Miracles for Kids