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Congratulations to the 2022 Honorees!


The AFP Golden Gate Chapter Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2022 National Philanthropy Day Honorees who will be celebrated during the awards ceremony on November 17.

These individuals, organizations and corporations reflect the diversity and vitality of our San Francisco Bay Area philanthropic community.


Outstanding Philanthropist Award
This award is presented to an individual or family with a record of exceptional generosity who has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable leadership, and who encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in their communities.

Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen is Executive Chairman of Ripple’s board of directors and former CEO and co-founder of Ripple. Prior to Ripple, Chris cofounded and served as CEO of Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and E-LOAN, a publicly traded online lender. During his tenure at E-LOAN, he pioneered the open access to credit scores movement by making E-LOAN the first company to show consumers their FICO scores.


Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional
This award honors an individual fundraising professional who practices their profession in an exemplary manner.

Tim M. Whalen

Tim Whalen has been a fundraising professional in the San Francisco Bay area for over 25 years, serving in development roles with KQED, Inc., and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco before leading the first capital campaign for Cal Performances at UC Berkeley as Director of Development. Tim went on to serve as Director of Development and Gift Planning at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) where he conducted a $35 million endowment campaign while also growing the theater’s annual fundraising programs. Tim then served as Director of Individual Giving at the San Francisco Symphony, raising over $25 million annually in support of the internationally renowned orchestra.

Recognized as a creative, resolute leader and a highly effective fundraiser, Tim is currently the Chief Development Officer at Save the Redwoods League, the land conservation organization whose mission is to protect and restore California’s iconic redwood forests and connect people to their peace and beauty.
Under Tim’s leadership, Save the Redwoods League recently completed Forever Forest: The Campaign for the Redwoods, a 5-year comprehensive fundraising campaign with a goal of $120 million. The campaign exceeded its goal, raising $143 million in support of forest conservation across the redwood range.
Tim has been active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Board in 2018. During his tenure on the Board Tim played key roles in strategic planning and fundraising for the annual National Philanthropy Day celebration, and he was co-chair of the event last year.


Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
This award is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects of more than one nonprofit organization. The recipient should demonstrate exceptional skills coordinating and inspiring groups of volunteers for fundraising projects that benefit charitable institutions and show a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy.

Children's Health Guild

Children’s Health Guild (CHG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of approximately 55 volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to raising funds for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (UCSF CHO) and George Mark Children’s House (GMCH) with the goal of giving every child access to the full range of pediatric medical care. Since CHG was founded in 2011, we’ve raised over $2,800,000 for our beneficiaries.

As a Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, UCSF CHO serves over 240,000 patients annually. They are at the forefront of emerging technology and research and one of only a few hospitals able to treat rare illnesses and health problems in children.

GMCH is the first freestanding pediatric palliative care house in the U.S. and offers end-of-life, transitional and respite care for children with life-limiting illnesses. It’s a special place for children and their families who are seeking specialized yet compassionate medical care and support.

Both of our beneficiaries are revered medical institutions both here in the Bay Area and nationwide. The critical funding we provide helps ensure they can continue offering premier services for a child’s full circle of life, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.


Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker
This award recognizes a corporation or its foundation that displays an outstanding commitment to philanthropy and community service, not only through its financial support but also by encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement activities.

Bon Air Greenbrae

Since 1952, philanthropy has been a cornerstone of Bon Air when the Schultz family opened the center with a grocery store and services for a burgeoning Greenbrae community. Bon Air quickly became a place to shop, gather and visit building a sense of community in the process.

The family was instrumental in establishing a hospital and soon donated land to build a school, fire department, recreational field and yacht basin, now known as Marin Rowing. Philanthropy continued over the years with Bon Air’s support of public schools through generous donations to school foundations and its partnership with organizations serving the community including; WildCare, Side By Side, Marin Charitable, Bread & Roses, Boy Scouts of America Marin Council and many others.

Amidst the 2020 pandemic, Bon Air worked with merchants to keep them in business and provide a range of essential services for the community. A partnership with the Larkspur Chamber of Commerce and generous donation from Bon Air provided grant money for businesses in need. The center also partnered with the Lark Theater to boost their shuttered business and provide family-friendly outdoor entertainment with Drive-In movies. Bon Air restaurants donated and led food drives, in addition to Bon Air’s mask and PPE drives for healthcare workers.

Bon Air remains the heart of downtown Greenbrae with its beautiful outdoor areas and year-round community events supporting non-profits. It’s unwavering commitment to service and giving back to the community holds true to the Schultz Family’s original vision 70 years ago.


Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaking Professional
This award honors a foundation or grantmaking professional who initiates or supports creative nonprofit efforts and works to develop philanthropic partnerships with organizations and communities. This will be a professional whose individual contributions to nonprofit/foundation philanthropic teamwork are exceptionally effective or unique. OR recognizes a private or community foundation or community grantmaking organization that provides financial support, inspiration, encouragement and motivation to nonprofits and grant makers alike – as well as developing innovative approaches to philanthropy.

Justice Outside

Justice Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. We shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it. We envision a just world where Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color experience safety, health, and abundant joy through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors.

Our work includes strategic programs for capacity building and career pathway development, cultural relevance, and grantmaking to build a network of individuals, institutions, and communities working collectively for justice and equity.


Groundswell Award
This award honors an outstanding organization or an organization professional with an operating budget of less than $1,000,000; but which is nonetheless effectively addressing serious community problems. This is a visionary group or individual 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.

Tech Exposure & Access Through Mentoring (TEAM)

In 2016, Tech Exposure & Access through Mentoring Inc. (TEAM) was launched to empower students -- using their passion for sports to build new STEM skills and expand opportunities for their futures. Their mission is to employ the excitement of sports to advance Sports-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning for underrepresented youth who often lack exposure and mentoring about STEM-based opportunities. TEAM’s additional purpose is to address the socio-economic disparities in sports career pathways and to create programs that benefit underrepresented youth regardless of their ability to play sports – but who have a passion for sports. TEAM achieves this through our Core Programs, which are 1-week, 5-weeks, or 12 weeks hands-on experiential learning experiences, targeting high school students in Oakland and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area cities.


Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
This award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people (under 18) at the time they are nominated, who demonstrate outstanding philanthropic leadership and commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy.

Kristopher (Kip) Nilsson

Honors student Kristopher “Kip” Nilsson is a junior at Sacred Heart Preparatory School. Twice named an Outstanding Academic All-American by USA Water Polo, Kip competes for his school’s Varsity Water Polo and Swim teams. He is a certified Lifeguard, swim teacher, and water polo coach for younger children. Kip is passionate about water sports, the outdoors, and music. He is a member of the SHP Jazz Band and a co-founder of his school’s Red Cross Club. He has served as President and Sergeant at Arms for Young Men’s Service League, where he volunteers for environmental and community health groups.

A Type 1 Diabetic, Kip has been involved with Diabetes Youth Families (DYF) since 2010: first as a camper, then as a member of their 2021 Altitude 14,505 group, with which he climbed Mt. Whitney. He is now a DYF Leader in Training, learning how to be a counselor at DYF’s Bearskin Meadow Camp, which offers Type 1 Diabetic children and families the opportunity to safely experience a traditional outdoors camp while also learning essential diabetes management skills within a supportive community. Last spring, Kip launched the Channel Challenge, a diabetes education and fundraising initiative, which raised over $50,000 in scholarships to send children and families—who might not otherwise be able to experience this life-changing camp—to Bearskin Meadow.


Emerging Fundraising Leader
This new award recognizes a fundraising professional with less than seven years of experience and who demonstrates exceptional skill and talent in fundraising, leadership, and a commitment and service to the field.

Kymberly Miller


Impact Award
This new award is presented to a collaboration between Bay Area-based nonprofits, activists, funders, and volunteers that uniquely advances a community solution through shared vision and resources with an equity lens. This unique partnership is driven by innovation, new ideas, approaches, and solutions and addresses social issues.

The Kelsey Civic Center

The Kelsey advances disability-forward housing solutions that open doors to more affordable homes and opportunities for everyone. We develop affordable, accessible, inclusive housing communities designed to scale as well as lead organizing and advocacy to create market conditions so inclusive housing becomes the norm. What started with Kelsey, an advocate for access and community, has become a movement towards an inclusive housing future co-led by people with and without disabilities.

The Kelsey Civic Center will be a vibrant urban community offering 112 homes for people with and without disabilities of all incomes. Across from City Hall and central to the San Francisco arts district, this fully accessible and inclusive-designed building will provide programming for residents and neighbors with the goal of fostering a mutually supportive environment rooted in the ethos of interdependence and informal support networks.


Lifetime Achievement Award
This award honors an individual with an enduring record of accomplishment in philanthropy, fundraising or grantmaking, and who has demonstrated exceptional civic and charitable leadership.

Roma Guy
Roma Guy, MSW is a social justice activist and policy leader related to public health, homelessness, poverty, incarceration, LGBTQI+ and women's rights. She has been involved in numerous projects protecting women's health and reproductive justice, many in the San Francisco Bay Area. A founder of San Francisco Women Against Rape, the Women's Building, the California Women's Agenda (universal health care & women's reproductive justice—UN Conference on Women priorities), James Hormel Room (LGBTQ) Room, Public Library, SF, La Case de las Madres (DV shelter) and the CA Women's Foundation. She was lecturer and Director of the Bay Area Homelessness Program, Department of Health Education and lecturer School of Social Work, San Francisco State University for thirteen years, and served on Health Commission, City/County of SF for twelve years. In 2015, she was a Co-Chair of SF Board of Supervisors Working Group to develop alternatives to incarceration; a member of 2020 Mayor Breed’s Design Work Group for alternatives to police; Mayor Breed’s Economic Recovery Task Force (related to COVID-19). She was a consultant and one of the LGBTQI+ featured in miniseries When We Rise on ABC TV.

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NPD 2019