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Meet the Partners: Elida Sanchez

Elida Sanchez is a macro social worker focused on the field of education, community advocacy and program development/implementation. She has extensive experience creating support systems and managing district-wide programs to serve students, families, teachers and administrators. She enjoys working with community entities, such as nonprofits and for-profit corporations, to promote and provide basic needs and essentials to unlock student potential while expanding their current and future opportunities.  Mostly recently, Elida has focused on unhoused McKinney-Vento …

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Female Faces of Philanthropy: Debbie Wells

Debbie Wells is the Executive Director of AISS Foundation, a 2021 Impact Giving grant finalist. Debbie has more than 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, supports numerous nonprofits, and has a passion for nurturing the personal, educational and professional development of young people. We recently asked her a few questions about her philanthropic life. We promise you’ll be moved by her story.  What drew you to start working with nonprofits? Early in my …

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Meet the Partners: Christina Garkovich

Impact Giving Partner, Christina Garkovich is now a passion-driven philanthropist, but she’ll be the first to tell you that her career aspirations were initially elsewhere.  Christina grew up in Walnut Creek, California with her family and made a bold choice to move out of the area when she turned 18. In her new city of residence, Long Beach, California, Christina attended college at Cal State Long Beach and graduated with her Bachelor in Political Science. …

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Meet the Partners: Kathy Osann

Over the last 4 years as an Impact Giving Partner, Kathy Osann has been instrumental in leading grant committees throughout the grant process and has now taken on the role of Grants Chair. We are very excited to have her fulfill this position as she is an expert in many fields, including grant writing. Kathy trained as an epidemiologist and biostatistician at UC Berkeley and has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine …

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Meet the Partners: Caterina Richards

Introducing Impact Giving Partner, Caterina Richards! From leading one of Impact Giving’s Grant Recipients, Bracken’s Kitchen, to participating in her church’s worship team, Caterina has made a huge impact on her local community.  Let’s start at the beginning. Caterina was born and raised in the beautiful city of Hong Kong. As a young teenager, she moved to San Francisco with her family to be with her grandfather after she spent 6 years in a convent …

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Meet the Partners: Kristina Chatow

As a life-long nonprofit supporter, new Impact Giving Partner Kristina Chatow, has found comfort in the work that the organization has completed and continues to do for her local community. Having worked in the field of social work for most of her life, Kristina has directly seen the positive results that grants, such as those awarded by Impact Giving, can have on nonprofits and individuals.  Kristina was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, and …

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Meet the Partners: Joy Penner

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 …

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Meet The Partners: Zelda Benson

Having dedicated much of her life thus far to helping people overcome obstacles and challenges in their personal lives, Impact Giving Partner Zelda Benson plans to continue just that in her newly-retired lifestyle. Her motto: “It’s not a matter of if, but how.”  Zelda grew up in Whittier, California, became very involved in her community at a young age, and landed the perfect career as a Certified Financial Planner. Her life experiences have led her …

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