A legacy of giving runs in the Penner family. Growing up in Los Angeles, Impact Giving Partner, Joy Penner, spent many Mondays volunteering with her father through Meals on Wheels. But, this was just the beginning of her expansive involvement with local nonprofits.
Joy graduated from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology and after meddling with a couple career paths, chose to travel the world at a young age. She traveled to 15 countries, but has a special place in her heart for Egypt. Possibly linked to her love of anthropology and interest in people, she looks to venture to new areas of the world soon.
Joy moved to Orange County in 1983 and married her husband in 1988. Shortly after, the Penners had two children and started their business. Starting on a card table at the OC Fairgrounds selling watches, the team expanded to a storefront on Bristol and eventually added a business location at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Remaining in Orange County during this time, the Penners ran their businesses for over 27 years and just recently retired. Joy now helps run her family’s property management business in Santa Monica with her brother.
On one of her worldly adventures, Joy met one of her best friends of 40 years while traveling. He taught her that “it’s okay to have a good life, but just as important to give back.” This is one of the many reasons that propelled her into a giving lifestyle.
Joy has always been involved with nonprofits. She was on the board of A Window Between Worlds in Venice, which provides training to domestic violence shelters across the country in art therapy curriculum. For over 5 years, Joy volunteered for Human Options as a hotline responder, which she found very rewarding and eye-opening. Other nonprofit inclusion consists of UCI’s anti-cancer program and TLC, which she has helped since its inception two years ago. TLC is a nonprofit, all-inclusive charter school in Orange, which provides education for those with disabilities in the same classroom as those without disabilities.
Joy joined Impact Giving this year after being invited by her cousin Lynn Capouya to the 2019 grant recipient awards dinner. She was very impressed by the hand-on vetting of non-profits. She is serving on a grant committee for the first time this year and looks forward to sponsoring organizations through the grant process in the future.
Knowing that a lot of people give to many charities just through writing checks, Joy encourages others to take it one step further in their nonprofit work. The Impact Giving grant model really makes a difference.
We are so glad you made the decision to join Impact Giving and we look forward to seeing how you make an inspirational mark on the nonprofit world for years to come!