Malin Burnham


Malin Burnham, Center for Civic Engagement founder and San Diego change-maker, boasts 70 years of experience growing a vibrant region through philanthropy. Burnham is a Star class sailor who won the Star World Championships in 1944 and 1945. An active real estate developer in the San Diego region, his family firm was founded in 1891 and was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield in 2008.

Community Before Self

Publication Date: June 2016

When Malin Burnham gifted funds toward the construction of the new San Diego Yacht Club Junior Sailing Center, he stipulated that a list of “Virtues of Excellence” be permanently attached to the building and that these virtues be taught on an ongoing basis to the junior sailing participants. These virtues include dedication, teamwork, and commitment, and they are the result of lessons learned in Malin’s life and career. Community Before Self details these virtues and explains how anyone can live a life of integrity and purposeful giving. Regardless of income, political views or age, everyone can contribute toward enhancing their community by volunteering their time and effort.

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