Malin Burnham ‘Makes Waves’ at National Charity League San Diego Del Norte Chapter meeting


Malin Burnham, author of the newly released book “Community Before Self, Seventy Years of Making Waves,” addressed over 200 members of the San Diego Del Norte Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) at their Chapter meeting on Oct.9 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Burnham encouraged the audience with an inspirational message about living a life filled with purposeful giving and integrity.

“We were thrilled to hear from Mr. Burnham who echos our theme of ‘Making Waves’ in the community by giving time and effort to improve the lives of others,” said Anne Woolson, president San Diego Del Norte NCL. “It was an honor for him to inspire the mothers and daughters of our Chapter who have committed to a six-year program of serving a variety of philanthropies in our community to do just that.”

“It was a pleasure sharing what I have learned over the years with these teams of dedicated mothers and daughters,” said Burnham. “The impact of their commitment to put ‘Community Before Self’ will surely serve to enhance the lives of those in San Diego for years to come.”

The San Diego Del Norte Chapter officially supports 26 philanthropies and consistently logs more than 9,000 hours of community service hours each year — 75 percent of these hours are served onsite as mother-daughter teams.

Burnham is a notable successful businessman, sailor and philanthropist. His charitable and civic involvements include: The Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Burnham is a former Trustee of Stanford University and President of America’s Cup Organizing Committee.

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters who join together in community involvement within local chapters throughout the United States. Its goal is to foster a sense of community responsibility and strengthen the mother-daughter relationship. Daughters participate in a six-year program of philanthropic work, educational activities and cultural events. For more information, visit