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2022 National Philanthropy Day Honorees Announced!

The Coachella Valley is fortunate to have hundreds of active non-profits, fundraisers, volunteers and benefactors within its 303 square miles. Even throughout the pandemic, these heroes went above and beyond to reach the most underserved communities, profoundly supporting the desert with their giving hearts.
On May 20th, the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities (AFP) chapter honored 72 Nominees and announced the 16th Annual National Philanthropy Day in the Desert (NPD) Honorees. AFP President Kristin Bloomer and NPD Chair Josh N. Zahid celebrated the distinguished Honorees’ love for humanity and loyal service in true Oscar-style. This year’s Honorees include:
For the past two decades, Grundhofer has generously bestowed wisdom, countless hours and financial contributions to 25 local non-profits including Animal Samaritans, Mama’s House, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, United Way of the Desert, Joslyn Center, Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center and The Living Desert.
Founder of Loving All Animals, Biggi has demonstrated vision, dedication and tenacity in working with Valley animal rescue centers to put an end to euthanizing animals. She also proudly supports ACT For MS, Eisenhower Circle of Stars and The Living Desert.
Westrick-Bomar’s volunteerism spans 15+ years of raising awareness for various organizations including Tools for Tomorrow, Eisenhower Health Dolores Hope Auxiliary, McCallum Theatre Muses, The Waring International Piano Competition, Loving All Animals, Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic, College of the Desert Academic Angels, ACT for MS and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Justin and Lanay Berry created Caritas Realty to join their love for helping clients and local charities by giving 15% of their net commissions to clients’ charity of choice. Donations have supported: American Red Cross, Animal Samaritans, Autism Society Inland Empire, Coachella Valley Autism Society, Desert Elite Football Club, Desi Strong Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, Mama’s House, Martha’s Village, Olive Crest, Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Club, SafeHouse of the Desert, Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert, Well of the Desert and Children of Armenia Fund.
Developed as a way to actively involve youths in their community, the Leaders in Training program guides teens to adopt character values that prepare them for adulthood and improve their community.
Daly serves as Director of Major Gifts for the American Red Cross Coachella Valley and Morongo Basin where he makes a meaningful impact in the lives of local families. As Immediate Past President for AFP, he also supports March for Our Lives, AIDS/Lifecycle, Rainbow Railroad and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
National Philanthropy Day in the Desert will be presented on Friday, November 4th at 11am by Emcee Patrick Evans from KESQ News Channel 3 at the beautiful Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. “National Philanthropy Day honors our community’s philanthropic heroes who give so generously of their time, skills, talents and financial support,” shares Bloomer. “Since 2007, we have paid tribute to 88 individuals and organizations whose fundraising passions improved the quality of life in the Coachella Valley and beyond. We are proud to be a Ten Star Chapter where our members are committed to bringing forward the positive change necessary to build strong, vibrant and healthy communities.”
The NPD Awards Committee who reviewed the nominations was chaired by Heidi Maldoon, Angela Allen, Kristin Bloomer, Brian Daly, Armando Ehrenzweig and Josh N. Zahid.
“We are impressed by the inventive and inspiring efforts of our Valley’s non-profits, volunteers and philanthropists,” shares Kelly Levy, Blue Ribbon Selection Committee Chair. Committee members included Betty Callies, Walter Clark, Jill Golden, Jan Pye, Dawn Rashid and Solange Signoret.
Nominations for Outstanding Fundraising Professional were compiled by AFP’s Gold Ribbon Selection Committee and voted on by AFP Members. The effort was chaired by 2021 recipient Gailya Brown and included past honorees Liz Chambers, Judi Olivas, Tim Evans, Terri Bona, Jan Hawkins, Louise Cummings, Scott Schroeder and Colette Murray.
Sponsors for National Philanthropy Day thus far include Peggy Cravens, Bank of America, College of the Desert Foundation, Eisenhower Health, First Foundation Bank, H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation, Inland Empire Community Foundation, Loma Linda University Health and Palm Springs Pathfinders. Special thanks to NPD’s exclusive TV Media Sponsor KESQ News Channel 3, Presenting Magazine and Virtual Media Sponsor Palm Springs Life, Presenting Newspaper and Digital Media Sponsor The Desert Sun and LOCALiQ. NPD Sponsorship Committee is chaired by Brian Daly, Kristin Bloomer, James Lindquist, Scott Schroeder, Kathrene Wales and Josh N. Zahid.
For information on sponsorship, becoming an AFP member or attending NPD, contact Josh N. Zahid at, call 909-226-1085 or visit
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is more than just a professional association. We are the community for the fundraising profession. Our valued AFP members are a collective of like-minded philanthropic leaders in the Coachella Valley who strive daily to transform the communities of the Coachella Valley and improve the quality of life for everyone.
Non-profit organizations need a solid fundraising culture to succeed. Fundraisers do more than just raise money. AFP members know fundraising is about building supporters, building community, and making your mission meaningful to more people. Fundraising is the fuel for an organization’s mission.
As VP of Membership for our chapter, I invite you to explore your philanthropic passion. As an AFP member, you stand shoulder to shoulder with others who strive each day to make the deepest impact in the world around them. We are here to share ideas, resources, and knowledge to inform and educate but also to unite, invigorate and inspire action.
I am honored and thrilled to serve as VP of Membership of the AFP Desert Communities Chapter board of directors. I invite you to share your ideas and needs as an AFP member. Thank you!
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