Congratulations again to the following special award recipients.
Wounded Warrior Homes has been a member of the North County Philanthropy Council for four years, thanks to the generosity of their business sponsor, Jeff Crane, Certified Financial Planner, and his team at Thrivent Financial. Mia regularly attends NCPC Workshops and Luncheons. As a newcomer to the world of nonprofit management, she has benefited from the information that is shared and the business connections she made.
“One very memorable connection occurred at a networking session just prior to the opening of our third home,” said Mia. “I mentioned that Wounded Warrior Homes had scheduled a cleaning day and was looking for volunteers. To my surprise, John McCoy, President of Oceanside Theatre Company offered to send the theatre’s cleaning service to clean the home and to cover this expense personally.” With John’s support, Wounded Warrior Homes was able to advance their timeline and move veterans into their new homes one week sooner than planned.
“At NCPC, it’s all about supporting our community,” said Mia. “There’s a spirit of cooperation and a commitment to working together to make life better to the people we serve. NCPC is a great place to meet people who work for causes that touch your heart.”
Mia became the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Wounded Warrior Homes in 2009, where she was driven by her heart. Her background was in special education, not nonprofit management. But she and her husband Steve noticed that post-9/11 veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury were “falling through the cracks” so they felt compelled to take action.
Wounded Warrior Homes was established by Mia and Steve to provide local military heroes with support and supplemental services to help them transition from the front lines to the home front. This nonprofit organization currently houses 13 veterans in its three homes located in Oceanside, Vista and Escondido. In addition to housing, the residents receive help with decisions about advancing their education, finding jobs and managing their finances.
Diana Aaron’s affiliation with North County Philanthropy Council began more than a decade ago when she was Executive Director of Carlsbad Educational Foundation. In addition to being an NCPC member, she received the Spirit of Carol Sigelman Award at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in 2007 and served on NCPC’s Board of Directors from 2008 – 2013.
Diana currently holds the position of Charitable Fund Director for Datron World Communications, a privately held international radio communications company and leader in tactical military and public safety radio equipment. “I have the honor of overseeing the company’s unique charitable giving program which supports an array of causes throughout the world,“ said Diana.
Each quarter Datron’s founders, Art and Lori Barter, place 10% of the company’s profits into a Donor Advised Fund. The distribution of these funds is directed by Datron employees. Last year alone, Datron made 110 grants to local and international nonprofit organizations. One of these grants was to Vista Teen Outreach who provides food to hungry teens through on-campus pantries. Diana learned about Vista Teen Outreach when she met Debbie Medrano, their Founder and President, at an NCPC evening mixer. After doing our due-diligence to learn more about Vista Teen Outreach, Datron granted Vista Teen Outreach funds to provide Thanksgiving Dinners for homeless and hungry students.
“Coffee Connectors, high quality educational programs, and the awe-inspiring celebration of our community’s volunteers are just a few of the ways NCPC is connecting people and organizations in our community, “said Diana. “It’s so rewarding to see how NCPC has expanded and evolved over the last 15 years. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.”
Learn more about Kitchens for Good here.
KPBS serves San Diego and Imperial counties with trusted news and programs that inspire, respect and educate. KPBS delivers this content to more than one million audience members weekly via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media. As a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value – from children’s programming to local news coverage. Located on the San Diego State University campus – in addition to our North County News Bureau on the California State University, San Marcos campus – KPBS is committed to being a reliable source for in-depth, thoughtful, and high-quality content.
KPBS launched a new social media video series, “Where I Come From,” exploring the neighborhoods of San Diego County and the Imperial Valley. KPBS set out to hear and document the stories of those from a diverse spectrum of cultures, ages and economic status. We asked them to explain the cultural makeup of their community, what they worry about, what they wished city council folks would worry about, what was overlooked and what they wanted others to know.
The video series: “Where I Come From” is a reflection of their responses. The project (a total of 20 videos) focuses on the areas of Southeast San Diego Oceanside, Escondido, the South Bay and the Imperial Valley. The project launched May 11 on KPBS’ social media accounts and on KPBS-TV’s Evening Edition, with videos coming weekly over the course of the summer. You can join the conversation here – https://www.facebook.com/KPBSSanDiego/
KPBS-TV: Channel 15.1
KPBS 2: Channel 15.2
KPBS Create: Channel 15.3
KPBS Kids: Channel 15.4
KPBS on Cox
KPBS-TV: Channel 1011
KPBS 2: Channel 811
KPBS Create: Channel 816
KPBS Kids: Channel 809
KPBS on Spectrum
KPBS-TV: Channel 1221
KPBS 2: Channel 1227
KPBS Create:Channel 1275
KPBS Kids: Channel 1276
KPBS San Diego 89.5 (also in HD)
KPBS KQVO Calexico 97.7
K206AC 89.1 La Jolla
KPBS Classical San Diego: livestream from www.kpbs.org and HD radio
Alison Aragon, Grants & Communications Specialist
Alison Aragon became a member of North County Philanthropy Council shortly after she joined Pro Kids| The First Tee of San Diego, a nonprofit organization that helps underserved youth excel in life by promoting character development, life skills and values through education and the game of golf.
With its origins in City Heights, Pro Kids has built a strong positive reputation among funders and donors in Central San Diego. Five years ago, they added an additional facility in Oceanside, complete with a 6- hole course for the kids. As Grants & Communications Specialist, Alison was charged with growing the organization’s philanthropic network in North San Diego County.
“North County Philanthropy Council is really good at bringing people together,” said Alison. “It’s a professional organization that truly understands the importance of networking. I’m learning about the people who are doing important work in North County by attending events that are fun and interesting. And their Board Members are welcoming, actively engaging attendees in conversation.”
“My favorite events are the Coffee Connectors. Not only are they a great way to meet other nonprofit professionals, but they provide an opportunity to tour other organizations’ space. They’ve really helped me grow my network since I became an NCPC member.”
“Thanks to the valuable connection I made at the Corporate Funders’ Luncheon, Pro Kids is the proud recipient of funding from the Nordson Corporation Foundation. If there was an award for ‘Best AllAround Networking Organization,’
NCPC would be the hands-down winner!” We’d love to share your NCPC Story of Inspired Philanthropy in an upcoming issue of our newsletter. Please contact Sandra Alston at firstname.lastname@example.org.