As the Southern California Chapter Chairman in 2011, and also as Education Chair, Glenn Stearns launched several initiatives for his chapter's members to use YPO as a platform to make a difference in the lives of others. The full commitment of the Chapter to collectively use their business skills not just for profit, but also for philanthropy, became their mission. In 2008-2009, while under Glenn's leadership, his YPO chapter received global recognition with the organizaiton's highly-regarded Education Award.
Many non-profits in Southern California financially benefitted from the efforts and outreach, among them: Los Angeles Police Department programs mentoring gang youth rehabilitation through Homeboy Industries; MusiCares the Grammy foundation providing critical assistance for music people in times of need; and Orangewood Children's Foundation sheltering children who have been victims of abuse. Over four years, the Southern California Chapter's gala fundraiser “Life Changing Lives" raised more than $4 million for more than 30 Southern California charities.