Rancho Santa Fe resident John Seiber to be honored as ‘Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer’


Rancho Santa Fe resident John Seiber will be recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer at the 44th National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 16, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Copley Symphony Hall at the Jacobs Music Center. San Diego’s annual National Philanthropy Day celebration, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter, recognizes the critical role philanthropy plays in society and honors those who make the greatest difference in strengthening the community.

Seiber was co-nominated by three institutions: Kraemer Endowment Foundation, Mingei International Museum and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. All three nominators praise Seiber for his unwavering commitment towards an organization’s success and service to the community. His philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and board involvement: Seiber’s nominators describe his dedication to the long-term planning, board cultivation and relationship building that drives meaningful financial investments and quality programs.

“John Seiber defines the word ‘leader,’” says Maureen King, vice chair of Kraemer Endowment Foundation. “He is a model board chairman who has the respect and affection of all those with whom he works. His leadership is measured, steady and constant. He listens to and is respectful of each board member’s opinions and suggestions, yet always manages to skillfully separate the substantive from the peripheral in order to achieve a solid, practical conclusion.”

Jessica Hanson York, director of External Relations for Mingei International Museum, says, “John has generously shared his time and talent in service to Mingei for eight years now. After a couple of years on the board, John became chair and quickly identified three goals for his tenure, which he was able to the lead the trustees and the museum to achieve: 1) an increased number of trustees serving on the board, 2) an increase in the amount of support the board provides annually, and 3) the development with staff of a 10-Year Strategic Plan to provide direction for Mingei International’s continued development and growth through 2023.”

Seiber’s long-time passion has been improving the lives of developmentally disabled adults through meaningful learning opportunities at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. “John has been giving his time, effort and commitment to us for over 18 years,” says Debra Emerson, chief executive officer of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. “John has been an integral player in connecting high-value philanthropic partners together that helped the center raise nearly $1.7 million toward our current $4.93 million dollar Capital Campaign goal.”

Seiber’s volunteerism and leadership go beyond the board contributions of the above-mentioned organizations. He is also director of the Dickinson Foundation, San Diego River Valley Conservancy, chairman of the Presidents’ Council - San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, and VIM SD, an organization that provides medical services to the underserved. Additionally, he serves on the investment committees of Sharp Hospital and has been a long-time board member of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Francis Parker School, the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation and other nonprofit organizations in San Diego.

Christy Wilson, executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation says, “He was been quietly involved in so much that is good and impactful in San Diego and deserves to be recognized.”

It takes a very selfless and dedicated person to be recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer. Hanson York sums up his award-winning qualities: “All who work with him appreciate his kind, gentle spirit, wry and wicked humor, and the heartfelt care he brings to his service work. While his approach might not be innovative, at a time in his life in which he might simply be enjoying the fruits of his labor, he is instead doubling down on his commitment to the nonprofit community. The amount of time and energy he contributes is nothing short of incredible.”

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