San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner

Thank you to the over 550 people who joined us on Sunday, April 8 for the San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner!

We heard from an incredible lineup of speakers, including the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, about why Facing History’s mission--to help teachers create informed, compassionate, active global citizens--has never been so critical.

As Facing History aluma Gina DiPiazza said,

"This [Facing History] class made me a citizen of the world."

Thanks to a participation match from a generous group of donors, over 70% of attendees made a gift, nearly doubling the night-of participation from last year. Together, we raised $735,000 to support our work empowering teachers and students to stand up in the face of injustice, misinformation, and bigotry. Your generosity makes it possible for us to reach nearly 400,000 students each year in classrooms throughout the Bay Area.

Keynote Speaker: David Miliband

David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

David has had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton’s words, as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time.” In 2016 David was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.

David is also the author of the book Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time. As the son of refugees, David brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work and to the premise of the book: that we can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. And if we help them, in the process we will rescue our own values.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner.

Presenting Sponsor

Silver Benefactors

Bronze Benefactors

Patron Sponsors

Aspiriant | Cupertino Electric | Ernst & Young LLP | Seven Post Investment | Silicon Valley Community Foundation | SoFi | Uber


Facing History and Ourselves extends special thanks to the corporations that provide leadership support to our programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide.

Our Work in the San Francisco Bay Area

Facing History and Ourselves gives educators and youth the skills to wrestle with today’s difficult issues through the lens of history. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we support more than 5,500 middle and high school teachers so they can engage nearly 395,000 students every year. For a complete list of over 714 participating schools in our region, please click here.

See a complete list of over 714 participating schools in our region.

San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board

Judy Goldman, Chair
Connie Shapiro, Chair*

Ida Abbott
Gary Angel**
Juli Betwee
Caretha Coleman*
Edda Collins Coleman
Asha S. Collins, Ph.D.
Dennis Driver
Barbara Elsberg
Debra Engel*
Sandra Feldman
Kaye Foster
Diane Holt Frankle
Marina Gorbis
Judy Heyboer  **
Vasu Jakkal
Evan F.D. Jones
Rosemary Kamei
Daniel S. Katz**
Karen Kronick
Christopher Lovest
Hal Luft
Deborah Mueller
Joni Podolsky
Barbara Reiss-Snyder
Joshua Reynolds
Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.
Susie Richardson*
Michael Sandberg
Sue Ann Schiff
Barbara Sonneborn
Sharman Spector-Angel
Barbara Spreng
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
Jayne Williams
Jane Zinner

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

Contact Us to Get Involved

If you would like more information, please contact Hadiya McCullough at [email protected] or at 510-786-2500 ext. 226.

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