December 2019 Newsletter

A message from AFP-GLAC President, Yuri Casco

During 2019 our focus was clear, to make sure that YOU, our member, had a great experience being part of the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter.  We listened to your concerns, challenges, and ideas on how to improve. We learned from each of you who attended the educational programs and appreciate the feedback provided to ensure each event continues to be a great experience for you.  I hope you were able to expand your knowledge in fundraising best practices and the latest trends. But most of all, I hope that you were able to make a new friend at AFPGLAC as I did.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter with wonderful individuals like our Board of Directors. Together we accomplished so much: we welcomed new members, celebrated amazing individuals at our National Philanthropy Day at the Awards Luncheon and Conference, and new partnerships to continue to make a difference in our Greater Los Angeles. 

Thank you to each of you, our members, sponsors, and donors for investing in our communities by supporting our chapter. We look forward to continue working with you once again in 2020!

From my family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season next to family and friends. May 2020 bring you happiness, hope, and health.

Yuri E. Casco, CFRE

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January 21, 2020 Roundtables
roundtable.jpg Join us for our first event of the year!

Network with local fundraising professionals and participate in a lively discussion of current issues impacting nonprofits.


Downtown Los Angeles: Adventists Health White Memorial Medical Center, 1720 E. Cesar E. Chavez, Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033 - Room: Governing Board Room located in North Building. (Limited to 30 seats)

White Memorial Medical Center Campus Map

Parking: Valet parking available.  White Memorial will validate parking whether valet or regular.  Please plan accordingly, there is street cleaning on Tuesdays, and parking spaces on campus may be limited.


San Gabriel Valley: Cancer Support Community Pasadena, 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Ste. #215, Pasadena, CA 91105. (Limited to 25 seats)

Parking: CSCP is located in the Pasadena Humane Society’s building, on the second floor, at the southwest corner of Del Mar Blvd and Raymond Ave.

Parking is available under the building – the parking entrance is off Raymond Avenue just south of Del Mar. If the lot is full, sometimes it pays to wait a minute or two to see if anyone leaves.

If not, there is street parking available on Raymond for 2 hours. Also, the Del Mar metro station across the street, north of Del Mar on Raymond, has free underground parking for 90 minutes.

Once you have parked in the garage under the building, take the north (green) elevator to the second floor.

For more information and to register click here.
February 11, 2020 Mentoring Day

AFP-GLAC's first-ever Mentoring Day!
Have you ever wished for ten minutes with a tenured development leader to talk about your career, job interests or challenges, or a possible mentor relationship?  New entrants and those early in their development careers are invited to attend AFP-GLAC's first Speed Mentoring Program.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with up to six experienced development professionals for twelve-minute sessions.  It's a wonderful way to network and explore career or fundraising specific advice, and meet several leading development professionals in a short period.  Intermediate and more experienced development professionals are also invited to attend and participate in open round table discussions on board development, data analytics, career development, and major gifts.  This event will replace the traditional professional development seminar that day.

Mentees and other attendees are asked to sign up by Friday, January 31 and indicate the three areas of interest so that matches can be made for the highest value.  Space is limited.  Mentees should prepare questions to ask mentors.

Please contact Connie Maguire, CFRE, event organizer, at for questions.

Areas of Interest to select from during registration process:

  • Annual Giving
  • Major Gifts
  • Planned Giving
  • Direct Response Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Special Events
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Endowment Development
  • Development Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Communications
  • Prospect Research & Data Analytics
  • Board Development
  • Career Development
  • Health Care Philanthropy
  • Education Philanthropy
  • Human Service Philanthropy
  • Faith-Based Philanthropy
  • Arts/Culture Philanthropy
  • Public & Social Philanthropy
  • Environmental Philanthropy
  • International Philanthropy
  • Foundations - Private and Community

Keynote Luncheon Information To Be Announced.
Registration Opening Soon.

Save the Date!


The 2020 AFP-GLAC Calendar

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - Local Area Roundtables @ Adventist Health White Memorial & Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - Mentoring Day & Keynote Luncheon @ The Cathedral Center
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Young Professionals Event
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Advanced Executive Forum @ The Omni Hotel Los Angeles
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Professional Development Seminar & Keynote Luncheon @ The Cathedral Center
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Young Professionals Event
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Local Area Roundtables
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Advanced Executive Forum @ The Omni Hotel Los Angeles
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Professional Development Seminar & Keynote Luncheon @ The Cathedral Center
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Ethics Breakfast @ The Cathedral Center
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Local Area Roundtables
Friday, November 13, 2020 - National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon @ The JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - Holiday Networking Reception & Luncheon @ The Omni Hotel Los Angeles

Thank you!


Thank you to our Donors and Sponsors for 2019

Chapter Fund Donors
Lisa Baxter
Elizabeth Birlet
Cassie Carter, PhD
Yuri E. Casco, CFRE
Harold Dickens
Michael Driebe, CFRE
Melanie Elliott
Jennifer Ellspermann
Wilfredo Flores
Yvette Herrera
Kristina Lamas, CFRE
Joe Lin
Connie Maguire, CFRE
Katie McDonald
Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC
Nancy Meyer
Darryl Mori
Cynthia Nickell, MBA, CFRE
Anjalika Nigam
Patricia Ostiller, JD, CFRE 
Felicity Palmer
Janine Perron
Melissa Puls
Elizabeth Ridenour
Sylvia Rosenberger
Julia Scheibmeir
Andrew Ur
Jeff Vogel

Be The Cause Donors
Jay Allen
Lynn Baran McCarthy
Lisa Baxter
Jay Berger
Elizabeth Birlet
Kelley Brwon
Barbara Bushnell, CFRE
Yuri Casco, CFRE
Mary Anne Chern, ACFRE
Candice M. Davidson-Goldbronn
Yulanda N. Davis-Quarrie, M.S., CFRE
Mike Driebe, CFRE
Melanie Elliott
Jennifer Ellspermann
Mary Fagnano
Lupita Garza
Dan Griffin
Rene Heredia, Ed.D, BS, MB
Yvette Herrera
Angela Howell
Tiffany Leung, MPA
Katie McDonald
Mauria C. McPoland, MPA, ABC
Terry Monteleone, CSPG, CFRE
Cynthia Nickell, MBA, CFRE
Fonny M. Oei, CFRE
Patricia Ostiller, JD, CFRE
Felicity Palmer
Melisa Puls, BA
Candice Rosales
Sylvia Rosenberger
Kate Rosloff
Andrea Salazar
Julia Scheibmeir
Laura Schnasi
Karen Schneider
Peggy Smith
Sharon Townsend
Jeanne Warlick

2019 Sponsors
June, July, and August Events 
Child Care Resource Center

NPD Conference & Awards Sponsors
Social Good
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Kind Heartedness
Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation

Altruistic & Exhibitor
Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Bank of America
Para Los Ninos
USC Urology
Union Rescue Mission

Track Pack
Union Bank
Wells Fargo

Individual Session
Campbell & Company
RBI Fundraising Campaign Consulting

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Coffee Break
CCS Fundraising
JMP Grants Consulting
Methodist Hospital Foundation

K2 Consulting Group
Manufacturer's Bank

End of Year Giving

Be the Cause - Giving to AFP Global

Empower others and strengthen their skills by making a transformational gift today. You don’t have to make a million-dollar gift to transform someone’s life.  Any amount counts, please visit us at to make a contribution today!


AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter Fund

Our chapter is one of the few chapters that holds an annual Chapter Fund to support colleagues who need financial support to attend our Regional Philanthropy Conference, development seminars or luncheons, and even renew their membership.  Your support makes a difference at our Greater Los Angeles Chapter. For more information, visit us at

Ethics Update


A Message from Ethics Chair, Melanie Elliott

Dear Members,

It has been an honor and privilege to have served as the Ethics Chair for our AFP-GLAC Chapter for the past two years! Thank you to all who attended our recent Ethics Breakfast and thank you to all who submitted ethical dilemmas for GLAC's Eye on Ethics newsletter segments. In 2020 we hope to continue and grow our Ethics Program. Please stay tuned!

For more information about ethics, please click AFP Global Ethics, and it will direct you to AFP Global’s Ethics webpage.

Wishing you all Happy Holiday Season! 

Warmest regards,

Melanie Elliott

2019 Board Member, Ethics Chair

Scholarship Updates


Chamberlain Scholar Recipient

Lily Fuentez, Fundraising and Events Coordinator at Teen Cancer America has been named the Chamberlain Scholar by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy and will be attending the 2020 International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, MD from March 29-31, 2019.  After being awarded the prestigious Ralph Chamberlain Scholarship, Tiffany responded “Thank you, thank you endlessly!  I'm so grateful for this opportunity and beyond excited to attend this amazing conference! This is truly a pivotal event.  Thank you again.” The Foundation covers the cost of registration and our own AFP-GLAC Chapter provides $1,000.00 additional to help with expenses.

Elizabeth Ridenour, Director of Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship at St. Baldrick’s Foundation, will also be attending the 2020 International Conference with the help of a scholarship from our Chapter Fund.

We would like to thank all the Chamberlain Scholarship applicants for their interest in this opportunity and encourage you to take advantage of your AFP membership and educational resources. 

Chamberlain Scholarship Committee