February 2020 Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello AFP-GLAC members and friends,

Last month, I reported that the 2020 Board of Directors would meet at the end of January to review the strategic plan and plan the path forward for the rest of the year. At the Board Retreat, we also took inventory of our individual strengths and how these will impact our board work and ultimately the chapter this year. See message below from management guru, Peter Drucker.

Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself - not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Because only when you operate from strengths can you achieve true excellence.

Noteworthy this month are a special Message from Membership from Melanie Elliott that will outline your benefits at both the local AND Global levels (there are many) and a new Partners In Philanthropy (PIP) sponsorship package to support chapter activities. Also, details about the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon will be published– Yuri Casco is spearheading the planning with help from co-chairs Cassie Carter and Genevieve Riutort. This year is NPD’s  35th Anniversary!

I wanted to share too an interesting article from Global about fundraising trends: https://afpglobal.org/eight-fundraising-trends-2020 Are you experiencing these in your organization? How are you managing these trends?

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Speed Mentoring/Coaching Luncheon on February 11. As a nonprofit professional for nearly two decades, I garnered many pearls of wisdom from these wise, experienced mentors from our chapter. In addition, we all enjoyed and benefitted from keynote luncheon speaker, David Factor, President/CEO of Executive Service Corps Southern California. Stay tuned for the Young Professional (YP) event on March 12. As you know, we may label it YP, but the event is beneficial for ALL chapter members and friends.

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC


February 11 Event Recap

Over 60 members and friends of AFP-GLAC gathered for our inaugural professional development event Speed Mentoring. Thank you to long time member Connie Maguire, MA MGMT, CFRE, for orchestrating such a substantive and fun morning where mentees met with mentors for advice on career development, major gifts, event planning, etc. David Factor, CEO, Executive Service Corps Southern California motivated the group at lunch as he presented “Don’t Go it Alone! The Unique Role of Coaches and Mentors in Your Personal and Fundraising Success.”  See photos below of Conne and David and our terrific mentors.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

If you are an AFP-GLAC member, you are automatically added to the career opportunity distribution list.

POST AN OPENING to find new professionals for your organization here: https://community.afpglobal.org/afpcagreaterlosangeleschapter/career/center

FIND A NEW OPPORTUNITY for yourself here:  https://community.afpglobal.org/afpcagreaterlosangeleschapter/career/center

Education Opportunities

Continuing Education Micro-Learning (Yvette Herrera, VP Education)

Do you want to hone your fundraising skills but find it impossible to block out the time for day-long workshops and seminars?

Well, if you can dedicate just 5 minutes a day, you can work your way through a variety of quick tips and helpful ideas through AFP’s new microlearning videos. There are 40 topics in the library and the library keeps growing. And if you have a good tip or lesson to share,  you can follow the guidelines to produce and submit your own video for consideration.   

Click the link below to access the library – the first one features our very own Yulanda Davis-Quarrie discussing Public Trust and Transparency in Naming Rights.

Share Micro-Learning Videos


Young Professionals Event March 12th

Members of ALL ages are welcome to this fun and enlightening presentation.  Click here to register.

Date: March 12th 6 - 8 pm 
Location:  SheppardMullin Conference Room, 333 S. Hope, Los Angeles 90071

Speaker: Pamela Barden

Title of Presentation: Today's Fundraising Truths That Took Me Years to Learn!

Pamela Barden, DBA, CFRE, is a fundraising consultant, nonprofit COO and co-author of the 4th edition of The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management. For more than 40 years, she has lived and breathed fundraising, focusing mainly on small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations. Pamela has a Doctorate in Business Administration and taught fundraising and nonprofit leadership for a decade at University of California Los Angeles Extension School, as well as for the University of La Verne Graduate School.

Blog: https://pjbardenincdotcom.wordpress.com/


Membership Committee – VP, Melanie Elliott, MFA, melhelliott@gmail.com

The Membership Committee is responsible for increasing and strengthening membership of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Send monthly emails to new members, renewing members, lapsed members, and members on the cusp of lapsing.
  • Make phone calls to welcome new members.
  • Assist at membership table during monthly meetings. Answer questions for new members or direct them to the correct resource or contact.
  • Send emails to prospective members with information about joining AFP.
  • Assist in writing Member Spotlights that will occasionally appear in our chapter newsletter.

Education Committee - Yvette Herrera, yherrera@netzelgrigsby.com

Providing educational opportunities is one of the primary services that AFP provides to its members. Play an important role by helping to develop workshop and luncheon topics and securing speakers. We are seeking a wide variety of perspectives to ensure we are meeting the diverse needs of our membership.

      Here are two more ways you can help:

  • Suggest attractive venues where we can hold AFP Young Professionals events for low or no cost. This might be your own non-profit facility or perhaps the office of one of your volunteers or donors.  Please remember to factor in affordable parking and handicapped accessibility.
  • Suggest (and possibly help secure) an education sponsor to underwrite the cost of an AFP workshops or luncheons (or series)
  • Photographers wanted for our events too.

Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) Committee – Jennifer Ellspermann, jellspermann@komenlacounty.org

The PIP Committee is responsible for raising funds through sponsorships from individuals or businesses interested in promoting their services through AFP advertising opportunities and events. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Identify sponsorship prospects (e.g. vendors, foundations, and organizations) connected to AFP members 
  • Contact assigned sponsorship prospects to secure mutually beneficial sponsorships
  • Maintain and update the PIP Sponsorship Tracking Document
  • Follow through on payments received and benefits fulfilled

Ethics Committee
–Mike Driebe, MSLM, CFRE, Michael.driebe@methodisthospital.org  

The Ethics Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the annual Ethics Breakfast, scheduled for October 1, 2020 at The Cathedral.  The committee will determine the program, panel or speaker and work to publicize this free event to the chapter’s members. In addition, the committee will develop an on-going ethics education program that will be a part of regular chapter communications.   

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Event planning
  • Speaker or panel recruitment
  • Event publicity
  • Development of regular Ethics Education Communication
Partners in Philanthropy

Marketing opportunities for your organization and vendors

Looking for a year-round marketing opportunity for your company? Learn how your organization can benefit as an AFP-GLAC Partner in Philanthropy! The purpose of the AFP-GLAC’s Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) program is to provide companies, foundations and individuals the opportunity to invest in a year-round marketing strategy while enhancing the expertise level of fundraising professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. This PIP Deck will be published soon on our website.

Event sponsorship opportunities include the Holiday Mixer and Luncheon, Ethics Breakfast, Chapter Education Luncheons, Advanced Executive Forums, Young Professional events, Local Area Round Tables and the annual National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon. Advertising sponsorship opportunities includes a banner on AFP-GLAC’s website and/or e-newsletter.


Contact PIP  Chair, Jennifer Ellsperman: jellspermann@komenlacounty.org


Membership News 

We are starting a new series called “Did You Know” to help our members get better acquainted with the benefits of Global and Chapter Membership.

  • Did you know what’s awesome? Webinars. You know what’s even more awesome? FREE webinars. Take the first step towards advancing your career, check out our select free webinars for AFP members! Members Only Webinars
  • Have you explored the all-new AFP360° powered by Korn Ferry? Check out this amazing platform, the newest AFP member benefit! Assess your career. Polish your resume. Improve your interviewing. Get started now: AFP360

Soon, we’ll be sending out a Message from Membership email detailing upcoming information regarding membership - so stay tuned!


Welcome to New Members!

Victoria Catinella

Matt Cordish

Vernetta Griffin

Elizabeth Hersh-Tucker

Yekaterina Kazerskaya

Emily Kolakowski

April Lindh

Sheila Monsod

Jessica Parker

Faith Riley

Amber Skrumbis

Eugenia Stewart, MBA

Thank you to Renewed Members!

Mr. Gregory Agee

Carrie J Arce

Lindsay Blok, BS

Cassie R. Carter, PhD

Katrina Corbosiero

Erasmo Tony Cortez Jr, JD

Nina Crowe

Jodi Doane

Ms. Farrah G. Douglas, MS

Nancy Leptuch Virrey, MPA

Racheal McCabe

Aashika Patel

Susan F. Rice, ACFRE, Ed.D

Sylvia Rosenberger

Maryann Schwartz

Ms. Jenni Skidmore, CFRE

Melyora Trujilo

Benjamin Wirick, MPA

If you’re attending an upcoming event and have membership questions, please see one of our board members. If you have a story about how AFP has influenced your life, please share with:  Melanie Elliott, VP, Membership – melhelliott@gmail.com or Kristina Lamas, Chair of Member Engagement, klamas@pasadenahumane.org.

Join AFP-GLAC or renew your membership online!  Just click here: Join AFP.

Save the Date!


Calendar Update:

Thursday, March 12 –6-8 pm  Young (and all) Professionals Event with Pamela Barden, Downtown LA

Sunday-Tues March 29-31 – AFP International Conference (ICON) Baltimore, MD

Tuesday, April 7 – Advanced Executive Forum Luncheon, Omni Hotel, Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 12 – Professional Development Seminar and Luncheon, Cathedral Center, Los Angeles