January 2020 Newsletter


Hello members of AFP Greater Los Angeles,

Happy new year 2020!

As development professionals, we all strive to stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practices. AFP Global tells us: “You all do incredible work, bringing people together to change the world. Fundraising is the impact profession because that’s what we create: IMPACT. For the people we serve. For our communities. For our world.”  As we enter this new year and decade, the 2020 board of directors, who stand on the shoulders of former leaders, strive to provide the education and experiences to enable YOU to be the most productive and satisfied fundraiser you can be. 

Before communicating some exciting plans for the Chapter, I wanted to share an article from Global that highlights 2019 successes and how that impacts us. Scroll down the page to the list of accomplishments https://afpglobal.org/news/thank-you.

Here’s a glimpse of what is forthcoming locally…

  • We will host the first Speed Mentoring Event on February 11, where professionals early (and later) in fundraising careers can benefit from brief discussions with seasoned mentors/coaches. We will also learn from Executive Service Corps the importance of mentoring & coaching in fundraising.
  • We will again focus on Ethics in our profession throughout October, producing the 2nd Annual Ethics Breakfast, offered free to our membership.
  • We will celebrate the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon, at our 35th Anniversary event on November 13.
  • And to help you calendar AFP events, we are providing this link to 2020 dates.


Your board will attend the Leadership Retreat at month’s end, where more detailed planning for 2020 will take place. We will review the AFP GLAC strategic plan, discuss educational opportunities and brainstorm value-added activities and programs for YOU.

In addition, be on the lookout for a special Membership Message email that will showcase the many perks of being a member. In mid-February, kindly complete the 2020 Member Survey, as we wish to learn about what matters to you and how we can support these ideas and activities.

I hope that you are as excited as I am for the year ahead! Thank you for allowing me to be of service to you and the Chapter in 2020.

Warm regards,

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC



The Membership Committee goals this year are to inform, engage and excite:

Inform – Have you ever wondered what you get for your membership?! In upcoming newsletters and at our chapter events, we’ll let you know the wonderful things AFP Global and our chapter offers its members.

Engage – We’ll reach out to new and renewed members to share with you the latest from AFP Global, and do our best to continue our engagement with all members throughout the year via our monthly newsletter.

Excite – Let’s get excited about membership! AFP Global has so many things open to members once you log on to www.AFPGlobal.org! From mentorship to webinars, from hot topics to job postings, your fundraising world is at your fingertips with just a few clicks! At the chapter level, you’ll enjoy networking opportunities, educational seminars, discounts on all our events, a community of like-minded individuals and ways to give back to AFP through volunteering!


Welcome to our New Members!
Andrea Carroll
Michelle Christie
Nadiya R Conner
Rebecca Goins
Randy Lapin
Kimberly Payne
Dr. Elizabeth Robled
Erin Sapinoso
Merrick Siebenaler
Erika Weiler


Thank you to our Renewed Members!

Ann Marie Bedtke
Rhonda J. Beltran
Nicole Capossela
Mary Anne Chern, ACFRE, FAHP
Candie M. Davidson-Goldbronn
Christopher Doyle, CFRE
Mrs. Kimberly Flowers CFRE
Lupita C. Garza
Alyson Goodall
Anne Hertz
Gary Krauss
Lynnette S Lozoya, MA, CFRE
Lucinda Mandella
Angela L Minniefield
Felice Myers
Carrie Norred
Randy Shulman, CFRE
Phillip L. Stolberg, CFRE
Dyan Sublett
Randi Sunshine
Linda G. Thieben
Steve Tolin
Hallie B. Walker
Debbi Winter

If you have any questions about membership or have a story you’d like to share about how AFP helped you, we want to hear from you! Please reach out: Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership – melhelliott@gmail.com or Kristina Lamas, Chair of Member Engagement, klamas@pasadenahumane.org

Renew your membership in just a few clicks! If your membership is about to expire, you can renew now by clicking here: Join AFP



Volunteer Opportunities available now

Photographers - take photos at AFP events.
  We are looking for volunteer photographers for our luncheon speakers, professional development seminars, Advanced Forums, Young Professionals and Roundtables.  If you are interested, please contact Yvette Herrera, VP Education at 818-645-5449 or Yherrera@netzelgrigsby.com.

Join the Membership Committee.  To learn more about the Membership Committee, please email Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at melhelliott@gmail.com. Duties might include emailing members, being familiar with membership benefits, and attending events - talking about benefits of membership with attendees. There will be a role that’s just right for you.


Sponsorship.jpg Year-Round Sponsorship Opportunities from Partners in Philanthropy (PIP)

Looking for a year-round marketing opportunity for your company? Learn how your organization can benefit as an AFP-GLAC Partner in Philanthropy!

AFP-GLAC’s Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) program provides companies, foundations and individuals the opportunity to invest in a year-round marketing strategy while enhancing the expertise of fundraising professionals in greater Los Angeles.

Event sponsorship opportunities include: Ethics Breakfast, Chapter Education Luncheons, Advanced Executive Forums, Young Professional events, Local Area Round Tables, annual National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon and the Holiday Mixer and Luncheon.  Advertising sponsorship opportunities includes a banner on AFP-GLAC’s website and/or e-newsletter. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact PIP Committee Chair, Jennifer Ellspermann, via email at jellspermann@komenlacounty.org


Tuesday, February 11, 2020:  Coaching and Mentoring for Nonprofit Success

Luncheon Keynote:  David Factor, President and CEO of Executive Service Corps of Southern California:  How to Use a Mentor or Coach to Prevent Job Burnout and to Promote Nonprofit Success

Join members and friends of AFP-GLAC for February’s all chapter luncheon and professional development session.

In the morning, enjoy Speed Mentoring with AFP GLAC (Professional Development Session) from 9:30 am – 11:45 am. 

Have you ever desired 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, explore career or fundraising specific advice, and meet several leading development professionals in a short period.  Areas of Interest to select from during the registration process next week include Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Prospect Research, to specific types of philanthropy (health care, faith-based, etc.).

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. 
Mentees and other attendees are asked to sign up by Monday, February 3 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 cmaguire@netzelgrigsby.com for questions.

At the Luncheon, David Factor, President and CEO of Executive Service Corps of Southern California will explain the benefits of using coaches and mentors to prevent burnout while navigating the challenges of a fundraising career. Registration is now open: http://www.cvent.com/d/6hqymn

Save the Date!


Mark your Calendars Now and Plan for AFP Throughout the Year!

Young Professionals Event – Thursday, March 12

All members and friends of AFP are invited to the first Young Professional event.  This is designed to be especially relevant to those age 30 and below but all stages of fundraising experience are welcome.

Speaker: Pamela Barden

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/

Advanced Forum at the Omni Hotel – Tuesday, April 7  

Save the date now for our first Advanced Forum luncheon of the year.  Details coming soon.