Transforming Lives: Empowering Philanthropy through Humanism

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Student Union Memorial Center, Kiva Room

Dana Vandersip, Make-A-Wish Foundation
10AM @ UA Student Union, Kiva Room
1303 E. University Blvd.

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.

Vandersip is the 2019 Humanities Alumnus of the Year and a 1988 graduate of Russian & Slavic Studies. This presentation is part of the 2019 Homecoming festivities.