March 2021 Newsletter



March 2021


President’s Message

Dear fellow members of AFP-GLAC,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well.

It continues to be a challenging time for us all, but I hope you and your organizations are beginning to see some “light at the end of the tunnel.”  I also hope that your membership in AFP-GLAC is proving to be a valuable resource as you seek support for those you serve. 

It is for that reason I’ve been giving some thought to what membership has meant to me over the years.  I realized there were times in my career when I could have used more support from my employer, my board and even my colleagues in the organizations I served.  I realized it was then that my fellow AFP-GLAC members provided me that help.  I found a sense of community here; a place to learn about best practices; support for my own professional advancement; a reliable source of information on industry trends; and a sounding board on ethical issues.  In short, I knew I could reach out to others who were facing the same challenges I was. 

Those opportunities for support didn’t stop here at our chapter, though.  There was a great deal to offer at AFP Global and there still is.  The free resources available include:

  • AFP Connect where you can interact with thousands of others fund raisers
  • Blackbaud University covering the basics of fund development and marketing
  • Micro videos and member exclusive webinars
  • Research that can help improve your fund raising results, and
  • Career advancement tools like Profile in AFP360° powered by Korn Ferry Advance

Of all the benefits, I’ve had through the years, the educational opportunities have been the most impactful.  I’ve particularly enjoyed hearing from the funders in our community, the women and men who represent the grant-making institutions we seek support from.  I’m especially pleased that we’ll hear from Miguel Santana, the new President and CEO of Weingart Foundation.  Miguel is a fierce advocate for equity and justice and has served Southern California in a number of roles through the years.  I hope you’ll join us on March 16th to hear about his new role and his plans for the future of Weingart. 

AFP-GLAC has also been a leader in the promotion of diversity and equity, and was among the first chapters to actively support it thanks to Randi Sunshine, who championed the cause over a decade ago.  That effort continues today under the leadership of Lisa Baxter and Danielle Lara, who are preparing for our chapter’s first IDEA Event of the year “Navigating the nonprofit sector as a racial, ethnic, & gender minority,” which will take place on March 23rd.  Please make plans to join us for this important conversation.

I also hope you’ll make plans to join us for our National Philanthropy Day celebration and Regional Philanthropy Conference. This event is being planned for this fall and is our premiere educational and celebratory program.  Its success not only depends on your participation as an attendee, but also on the help of our members who volunteer in many different ways.  Please consider lending a hand.  You’ll find the experience rewarding and a great way to further develop the sense of community that membership in AFP-GLAC can provide.  Please connect with Nicole Capossela at to learn more about how you can help.

Lastly, let’s maintain an active conversation with one another through social media. Follow and engage with us on all of our three social media channels; FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. Stay up to date with the latest events and engage on a lively conversation on best practices and benefits of AFP GLAC involvement.  Special thanks to our Social Media Coordinator and Board Member Charlotte Lacey for leading us in advancing our online strategy.

Best regards,

Mike Driebe, MSLM, CFRE


Second Quarter Programs & Continuing Education


Your AFP-GLAC Program Committee is excited to continue offering exceptional educational programs for our members and fundraising community. For the foreseeable future, our events will be held virtually and if possible transition to in-person or hybrid by the end of the year. Our commitment remains steadfast in providing quality educational experiences for you. Please review our calendar of events and save the dates on your calendar.


Thank you,

Andrea Salazar

VP of Programs


Virtual Educational Event: March 16, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

A Conversation with the new Weingart Foundation CEO, Miguel Santana


Virtual Education Session from the IDEA Committee: March 23, 2021, 10:30a.m.

Navigating the Nonprofit Sector as a Racial, Ethnic and Gender Minority


Afternoons with AFP: March 25, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Meet and greet, and laugh and learn, grow, and thrive with your fellow members.


Virtual Education Session from the Advanced Executive Forum Committee: April 6, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Exploring the Relationship between the Director of Development and your CEO


Virtual Education Session from our Emerging Leaders Committee: April 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m.

A Recipe for Virtual Gala Success, presented by Kim Ferreira, Director Events & Marketing at Cancer Support Community Pasadena


See the website for details as they become available.


National Philanthropy Day 2021

Save-the-Date: Friday, November 5, 2021

AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter Invites you to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Program!

National Philanthropy Day is an opportunity for AFP members to celebrate the philanthropic work that everyone does to make a difference and create impact in their communities.

We are excited to announce that we will celebrate this year with a virtual event once again.

RFPs for speakers and award nominations will be coming soon! 

If you are interested in serving on the 2021 NPD Committee, please contact Nicole Capossela at


Membership Update


From your VP of Membership, Melanie Elliot

We’d Love to Hear from You!

Let us know if you have a suggestion or an idea of how we can improve your membership experience. We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to me at

AN AMAZING MEMBER BENEFIT - $40 Credit for Online Learning Opportunities

As a thank you to all members, AFP Global is offering a $40 credit for online learning opportunities. This offer is good through June 2021. Click on the link for more information:

Membership Installment Plan Available!

We understand that individuals and organizations may be watching their budgets this year. In recognition of that, AFP Global offers a membership installment plan for Associate and Professional categories of membership. This plan is available for members renewing their membership and to newly joining members. For information about the installment plan click Installment Plan. To join or renew for the other categories, click Join AFP


Membership Spotlight: Yulanda Davis-Quarrie, MS, CFRE

Yulanda Davis-Quarrie currently works as Director of Institutional Advancement at Ramona Convent Secondary School, an all-girls Catholic preparatory high school founded in 1889 in Alhambra. She got her “accidental” start in fundraising at the Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation, and she’s been fundraising ever since. She has been involved with AFP and AFP-GLAC since the 1980’s, serving in multiple capacities and holding numerous roles within AFP Global and AFP-GLAC including chapter president for two years. She shared with us, “My AFP membership has proven to be invaluable in providing me continued educational resources to grow my craft as a skilled fundraiser,” and “I have gained great lifelong friendships and mentors.”

Thank you for all that you do, Yulanda!

-    Maya Maley, Membership Committee Member


Afternoons with AFP-GLAC

Thank you to all who attended our recent member events – Make the Most of Your AFP Membership and Afternoons with AFP-GLAC. Our next Afternoons will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:00pm. Afternoons with AFP-GLAC is our free, monthly Zoom “happy hour” where members have an opportunity for community. All members will receive an email invite soon!



Welcome to our New Members! Thank you!

Andrew Tovstein


Thank you to our Renewed Members!

Carrie J Arce
Lindsay Blok, BS
Shannon Boalt
Cassie R. Carter, PHD
Marlene Diane Casillas
Katrina Corbosiero
Jodi Doane
Vernetta Griffin
Emily Kolakowski
Elizabeth A. LaBorde
Randy Lapin
Nancy Leptuch Virrey, MPA

David Montes
Aashika Patel
Susan F. Rice, ACFRE, Ed.D
Sylvia Rosenberger
Andrea Yvonne Salazar, BA
Catherine Shump, MED
Amber SkrumbisKara

S. K. Smith
Kelly Ventimiglia
Mariana Veyna
Erika Weiler
Benjamin Wirick, MPA

To those celebrating AFP Anniversaries this month, we thank you so much for your continued support of AFP Global and our GLAC Chapter!

Elizabeth Birlet – 34 years
Alexandria Arnold – 32 years
Karen Schneider – 27 years
Amy J. Epman – 25 years
Wendy Finch-Burk – 18 years
Alyce Morris Winston– 18 years
Yuri E. Casco, CFRE – 15 years
Genevieve Riutort – 10 years
Ellen Sell – 9 years
John C. Spokes, CFRE, – 8 years
Jewelette Christopher – 8 years
Marc Haupert – 7 years
Melissa Fuentes – 6 years
Kristy Armas, MBA – 5 years
Mary Fagnano – 4 years
Robin E. Dunn – 4 years
Lisa Baxter, BA – 3 years

Dasha Thomas – 3 years
Diana Corbin, CFRE – 2 years
Charlotte Miles – 2 years
Lois Lee – 2 years
Jonathan Lipton – 1 year
Jackie Suiter – 1 year
Perri Dombroski – 1 year
Bernie Gore – 1 year
Stephanie Lopez – 1 year
Adam McCormack – 1 year
Kathleen Ash – 1 year
LeAnne Scroggs – 1 year
Monique Sewell – 1 year
Sara Linden – 1 year
Danielle Waldschmidt Gay – 1 year
Greg Schwabe – 1 year

All information was pulled from IHQ’s member database. If your information is incorrect, please let us know.

IDEA Updates

Your AFP-GLAC IDEA Committee

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee helps to set the tone and culture for AFP-GLAC and is responsible for creating and promoting safe spaces within the chapter for AFP-GLAC members, board leadership, program presenters, independent contractors and program content. It is comprised of board members and members who are committed to ensuring that the voices, perspectives and experiences of underrepresented groups are elevated, amplified and celebrated throughout the chapter and sector.


AFP-GLAC IDEA Program Awarded 2021 IDEA Champion Designation:

Congratulations to our own AFP-GLAC IDEA Committee and all members that have supported in our chapter’s IDEA programs and activities. IDEA is one of our chapter’s strategic priorities and our committee has been at the forefront in advancing it. The programs and activities offered to our chapter over the past year of been enriching, thought provoking, and challenging all of us to be solution oriented active leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion. AFP-GLAC is one of 98 chapters in the nation that was awarded this designation and honor.

Sign up now: IDEA Virtual Education Program:

March 23, 11:00 a.m.: Navigating the Nonprofit Sector as a Racial, Ethnic and Gender Minority

AFP-Global Demographic Information:

AFP-Global, along with our Greater Los Angeles Chapter, is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession. By providing your demographic information in your AFP-Global member profile, you can join us in promoting these principles. Complete your Demographic Information

Diverse Communities Scholarship:

Consider submitting an application for the Diverse Communities Scholarship

Sponsored by the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy, this scholarship program provides members of diverse communities with a complimentary registration to attend AFP ICON 2021 in Minneapolis—or virtually!—June 28-30. The scholarship will also provide partial travel support if attending the in-person experience. Applications are due Friday, February 26, 2021.

Please join us:

If you want to make an impact and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and access through AFP-GLAC and in your own non-profit, join the I.D.E.A. Committee please email for more information!

Volunteer Opportunities

Call to Action

Many of our chapter activities are hosted by wonderful volunteers. We invite you to be part of our amazing cadre of volunteers in 2021.

Opportunities Available

Membership Committee - VP, Melanie Elliott, MFA,

In the membership committee you have the opportunity to 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 the 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, and assist in writing Member Spotlights that will appear in our chapter newsletter.


Education Committee - VP, Andrea Salazar,  

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.


Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) Committee – Chair, Lupita Garza, CFRE,

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.


Ethics Committee – Chair, Barbara Bushnell, CFRE,

The Ethics Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the annual Ethics Breakfast, scheduled for October 5, 2021 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.


National Philanthropy Day – Chair, Nicole Capossela,

NPDCAL – Session Development/Planning

Help with the conference component of our event by developing educational tracks/sessions, as well as seek out potential speakers. Develop a post-event survey to collect feedback from attendees and provide feedback to participating speakers. Help secure speakers, sponsors and attendees throughout the year.

NPDCAL - Awards Luncheon/Program

Calling all event planners! National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon volunteers will help with the nomination and application process prior to our celebration lunch. Ensure materials are ready for printing and help with the planning of the logistics with the support of event producers. The day of the event, these committee members will help welcome honorees and guests to ensure they feel special welcome. Also, help secure speakers, sponsors and attendees throughout the year.

For more information on volunteering opportunities contact Susan Addleman, CFRE at or visit our website by clicking Volunteer Opportunities!

Members on the Move

  • Randi Sunshine is the new Executive Director of the Learning Rights Law Center.
  • Crissi Avila is the Development & Communications Associate at Westside Food Bank.
  • If you have a new position or know someone who does, let us know by emailing
  • If you earned your CFRE in 2020, please let us know and we will post on the AFP-GLAC website.

Global Updates

News from Global: Celebrating Women, Implementing Change

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th  is International Women’s Day.

As a member of the Global Women’s Impact Committee (WII), I wanted to share an article penned by Liz LeClair, CFRE, Chair of WII, entitled Celebrating Women, Implementing Change

The initiative is AFP’s response to a series of issues around the role of women in fundraising, including gender inequity, sexual harassment, and implicit bias. The goal of the Initiative is to provide skills and training so that fair and equitable salaries can be negotiated; to provide resources to create workplaces that are against harassment in all its forms; and develop mentoring programs, as well as research and other services, that can break barriers and create new opportunities for women.

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC

Immediate Past President & Global WII Member

AFP Global Invites Your Help!

AFP Global will be hosting nationwide, Capital Hill Virtual Lobby Week, April 26-30, 2021. This will be a way for us to make our voices heard with our local members of Congress so that they understand the importance of key legislation such as the universal charitable deduction and the IRA Legacy Act that will increase charitable giving and help us do our jobs more efficiently.

Join me to help plan our chapter’s Capitol Hill Virtual Lobby week so that we can make sure we voice our concerns to our local congressmen and women. I need five to six volunteers that can help with this planning. All meetings will be held virtually and will not take too much time from your day job.

If you can’t help with planning, please send me your list of congressional leaders with contact information, so that we may reach out to them. We need to identify those we are interested in pursuing and start making contact immediately.

Please join me in making this a big success for our chapter and our members. Contact me at

Thank you,

Yulanda Quarrie, MS, CFRE

Voice of Emerging Leaders - Call for Emerging Leaders

If there is an outstanding emerging leader in your chapter, we would love to feature them in an upcoming AFP Daily as part of our Voices of Emerging Leaders campaign. 

Please contact Taryn Gold, AFP’s associate vice president of chapter engagement, with your recommendations.

Contact Taryn Gold >>

Closing Thoughts

·    “Life is a boomerang. What you give, you get.” We invite you to get involved in AFP-GLAC. Together we can advance the philanthropy profession and support the professional growth and opportunities for our membership.

·    If you have suggestions for content to our newsletter, please send suggestions to