Transforming Lives: Empowering Philanthropy through Humanism
VP of Development at Make a Wish Foundation, Humanities Alumnus of the Year
What can a better tomorrow bring? Zayden, 7, heart condition, wished to go to Saturn and meet aliens. Avery, 3, cancer, wished to celebrate her caregivers. Leona, 5, cancer, wished to have a pirate ship in her backyard. Make-A-Wish granted all of those life-changing wishes, helping children with critical illnesses replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. Using wishes as a backdrop, Dana Vandersip, Vice President of Development at Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, will discuss the relationship of philanthropy to happiness, wholeness, connection, relevance and humanity, and how aligning resources with a community’s needs transforms the lives of everyone involved.