Rancho Santa Fe resident Pamela Wygod named a National Philanthropy Day Award Honoree

Eight outstanding community leaders — including RSF resident Pamela S. Wygod — have been chosen as honorees at the upcoming National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. The event, which is presented by The Jewish Community Foundation San Diego, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

National Philanthropy Day is in its 41st year and is organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter (AFPSD) and presented by The Jewish Community Foundation San Diego. Committed to celebrating the rich diversity in the region, National Philanthropy Day celebrates the importance of public and private partnership and collaboration in philanthropy, as well as the role of the development staff and volunteers in philanthropy. The event will also include a special memorial tribute to community leader Murray Galinson. The AFPSD released following statement about Wygod and her honor:

“RSF’s Pamela S. Wygod is recognized as Outstanding Philanthropist, nominated by the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, as a great example of philanthropic leadership, engendering trust and respect, modeling compassion and commitment, and inspiring others to give. Wygod funded the Fellowship in Underserved Health Care for the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, which is the first clinic in the country for clinicians who wish to devote their careers to the underserved. Her strategic leadership helped increase financial donations for the project from major supporters such as WebMD as well as leverage millions of dollars of in-kind and volunteer services to sustain it’s future.

“Wygod is an innovative, collaborative grant maker who cares passionately about the underserved. She has more than 20 years of philanthropic experience focusing on health, education and child welfare. She is responsible for founding a private corporate foundation, a private family foundation and a giving circle: WebMD Health Foundation, The Rose Foundation and Anonymous Giving Circle of Women. Wygod has been responsible for grants of more $32 million to more than 150 organizations throughout the United States. Often leveraging grants with other foundations, Wygod is a collaborative grant maker who cares passionately about the underserved.

“Wygod’s nomination was endorsed by the following individuals and organizations: Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Anna Claire, Sharon M. Lawrence, Gail Vetter Levin, Lotts Creek Community School, CancerCare, Sanford Health Foundation, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), KPBS, The California Endowment, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.”

“San Diego County is extremely fortunate to have such a large and active philanthropy community,” said Tonya Torosian, board chair, AFPSD. “The nominations we received for this year’s National Philanthropy Day celebration truly represented the diverse communities of our region, sharing stories of time, talent and financial contributions to various causes and organizations. The stories of the 2013 National Philanthropy Day honorees will tug at the heartstrings and inspire individuals to become even more involved with the causes they are most passionate about.”

More than 175 nominations were submitted this year for review by the National Philanthropy Honorary Committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of community leaders, including past honorees with a demonstrated commitment to philanthropy.

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