Celebrating the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of California as the 2023 Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year

On April 3, 2024, the Network of California Community College Foundations honored the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of California as the 2023 Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us at our virtual award ceremony!

The event was an inspiring and heartfelt celebration honoring our recipients for their long-standing support of the California Community Colleges system, including over $6.2 million in philanthropic funds delegated to students and colleges statewide.

If you were unable to attend the event, or wish to share it with others, a recording is available via the link below.


Watch the event


For over 110 years, the Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Clubs of California, and their members have used their passion to take action on sustainable projects in their communities. Their dedication has empowered countless individuals through scholarships, internships, and vital support services, ensuring their success in higher education.

“Rotary clubs in California are proud to work with their local community colleges to provide financial assistance to students seeking higher education. Supporting individuals who are pursuing transfer or career pathways is at the core of our mission and it is our honor to help them on their individual journey” – Marta Golding Brown, Rotary 5240 District Governor

By alleviating financial barriers, Rotary helps students fulfill their educational and career dreams. The collective efforts of individual members and clubs significantly impact the largest system of higher education in the nation, and helps to improve the communities of California.

You can learn more about the Network of California Community College Foundations and the history of the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year award here

With great appreciation,

Elizabeth McCann
President, Network of California Community College Foundations 
Executive Director, Saddleback College Foundation



Sent by the Network of California Community College Foundations
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Rotary District 5330 Awards International Peace Scholarship

Rotary District 5330 is proud to award the Rotary International Peace Scholarship to Ms. Johanna Angeles.

Each year, Rotary District 5330 funds a Global Scholarship in the amount of $30,000 for the study in post-baccalaureate programs related to the Object of Rotary and the Mission of The Rotary Foundation area of focus.

Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Disease Prevention and Treatment Water and Sanitation Maternal and Child Health Basic Education and Literacy Economic and Community Development.

Johanna completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the American Medical Women’s Association and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society.  She also holds certifications in Good Clinical Practice Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research and Social Behavioral Human Subjects.

Johanna has been accepted into the Master’s in International and Development Studies program at the Geneva Graduate Institute and is supported in her first year of study by Rotary District 5330.  This is just one more example of how the Rotarians in District 5330 continue to work together to unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

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Leading Off:  Palm Springs Rotarian off to provide aid in Ukraine

Next week, a member of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs Sunup will depart for a Ukrainian city near the Hungarian border to provide aid in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. 

Driving the news: Nicholas Campbell will volunteer for two months with Malteser International in Berehove, a city in Zakarpattia, Ukraine.

  • The humanitarian aid organization is the relief agency for the Catholic Sovereign Order of Malta.

Here’s how: While in Ukraine, he will mainly work in a warehouse, sorting through donations and retrieving donations from Hungary. 

Background: Campbell was moved to volunteer after witnessing the heart-wrenching images of millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine. It’s a story he resonates with.

  • His great-uncle and his wife fled Ukraine a century ago, and his great-grandfather emigrated to the United States after fighting in the White Army during the Russian Civil War.

Worth noting: One of the things he is most excited about, Campbell says, is the opportunity to connect the Rotary Club of Palm Springs Sunup with other Rotary clubs in the area, which are working on projects that would provide power generators to Ukraine, as well as open up a school for refugees. 

What they’re saying: “It is important to find a way to end the conflict peacefully and to respect the self-determination of all nations, regardless of their political ideologies,” Campbell told his fellow Rotarians at a recent morning meeting, “It is up to us to work towards a more peaceful and just world.”

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