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Orange County United Way Names Chief Philanthropy Officer

Orange County United Way Names Chief Philanthropy Officer

Christine Sanchez Dittmer to advance the organization’s vision and mission to enhance lives in Orange County

Irvine, CA. (May 10, 2024) – Orange County United Way today announced that Christine Sanchez Dittmer has been appointed as the organization’s Chief Philanthropy Officer.

“I am thrilled to introduce Christine Dittmer as our new Chief Philanthropy Officer, joining us in our mission to drive positive and lasting change in the Orange County community,” said Susan B. Parks, President, and CEO of Orange County United Way. “Christine has built a reputation for creating innovative fundraising strategies that drive results. She brings valuable expertise and experience that will greatly support our efforts and further our commitment to enhance the well-being of all those who reside in Orange County.”

Dittmer is a strategic development professional with more than 30 years of experience with national nonprofit health organizations. In her new role at Orange County United Way, she will be responsible for developing philanthropic partnerships that will support the long term needs of Orange County United Way and the community.

She most recently served as Chief Development Officer at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla where she spearheaded efforts to raise philanthropic dollars to support the institute’s mission of bringing research closer to treatments and cures for patients.

For most of her career, Dittmer held positions with the American Heart Association (AHA) ranging from the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy to the Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations. While at the AHA, she served as national Chair of the Individual Giving Task Force and led the creation of a major gift’s roadmap for the organization.

Dittmer holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communications and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton.

“I am thrilled to join the Orange County United Way team and play a part in developing and executing innovative fundraising strategies that support the life changing work this organization does,” said Dittmer. “I look forward to learning more about the impactful programs and services that address issues I care deeply about: ending homelessness, supporting student success, empowering families to build financial stability, and ensuring everyone has access to the assistance they need via 2-1-1 Orange County. Orange County United Way’s ground-breaking work has made a difference for so many of our residents and I believe that, through increased donor investment, we can expand our reach and create brighter futures for even more of our neighbors in need.”

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Orange County United Way is committed to breaking barriers and improving lives for everyone who lives here. Through our key initiatives—United for Student Success℠, United for Financial Security℠, and United to End Homelessness℠—we are working to ensure local students succeed, families gain financial security, and our unhoused neighbors find a place to call home. We also offer vital support via 2-1-1 Orange County (211OC), a key service that connects thousands of our most vulnerable residents with health and human service resources. We are committed to caring for one another. That’s #TheOCWay.

This year, Orange County United Way celebrates 100 years of purpose and impact in Orange County. To learn more or discover how you can help, visit

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Media Contact: Annie Noebel, [email protected], (949) 449-2527

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