July 2019 Newsletter

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Save the Date for 2019!
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - Local Area Roundtables

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Advanced Forum - Location TBA
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Professional Development Seminar and Luncheon - Cathedral Center
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Members Only Breakfast Ethics Panel - Cathedral Center

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Local Area Roundtables
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Regional Philanthropy Conference & National Philanthropy Day - JW Marriott Los Angeles
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Holiday Mixer & Luncheon - Location TBA
Local Area Roundtables

Join us July 16th at two locations

Network with local fundraising professionals and participate in a lively discussion of current issues impacting nonprofits. Join us at one of the two locations below. Learn from your colleagues the latest on major gifts, social media techniques, planned giving, advisory funds, volunteers, and more.

Downtown Los Angeles: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Rigler Board room - 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. (19 Seats Available)

Guests should park at The Music Center Main Campus Garage. Enter via southbound traffic, turning right into the garage from Grand Avenue between 1st St. and Temple St. See map below.


Guests are to enter the Dorothy Chandler through the Artists Entrance located at 1st St. and Grand Ave. (to the left of Kendall’s Brasserie). Please give security your name at the door. Take the elevator to the 4th floor. Make a right upon exiting the elevator, and go all the way to the end of the hall to the Rigler Board room. 

Yuri E. Casco, CFRE, Manager, Philanthropy & Planned Giving, Adventist Health White Memorial Charitable Foundation

San Gabriel Valley: Pasadena Conservatory of Music - 100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106. (19 Seats Available)

Parking: Parking at the Pasadena Conservatory is free. Luncheon attendees should enter the parking lot from Hill Avenue; additional parking is available in a back lot.

The luncheon will be held in Room 400 in the two-story building on the north side of campus. Directional signage will be placed accordingly.

Facilitator: Cynthia Nickell, MBA, CFRE, Director of Development, Rio Hondo College Foundation

Click here to read more and to register.

This educational event has been pre-approved by CFRE International for one point.

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Advanced Executive Forum

August 22, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Creating a High-Performance Environment for Major Gifts
Speakers: Cassie Carter and Dan Nevez of Campbell & Company

In nonprofit fundraising, an effective major gifts program provides a robust return on investment, funding critical, mission-driven work. But how do you create a high-performance environment for major gifts?

Weaving together evidence-based strategies and compelling case studies, this session will lay out a path to major gifts success. Our presenters will reference data from Giving USA and Campbell & Company research to illuminate trends and discuss how development leaders can leverage them for greater impact. Topics will include mid-level donors as a bridge between the annual fund and major gifts, major gift team goals and retention, and the importance of a strong major gift culture organization-wide.

Attendees will leave the session with a better understanding of:

  • How emerging trends in fundraising are impacting major gifts—and what to do about it
  • How to build a major gifts team
  • How to craft and execute on strategies that will increase major gifts ROI
Watch your inbox for more details.
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First time members who join in 2019 can attend the local area Roundtables (DTLA and/or Pasadena) for rest of 2019, free of charge! 

There are two Roundtables left this year (July and October), an $80 value!

JOIN NOW at the AFP International Website: afpglobal.org/join

For a list of individual membership categories, click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

An Installment Payment Plan is available! If you're interested, click here for more information. 

JOIN NOW at the AFP International Website: afpglobal.org/join

Any questions? Please contact AFP-GLAC membership committee chair Patricia Ostiller at p.ostiller@cscpasadena.org or 626-796-1083 x704.

Have you recently changed positions? Please let us know so we can share your good news and new contact information! Send your name and new title, organization and contact information to elizabeth.birlet@cshs.org.

Member Benefits

A Free Tool to Accelerate Your Career:  AFP360°

Launch Your Career in the Right Direction!

AFP360° is an online career builder and management tool provided to all AFP members through our partnership with Korn Ferry and its Advance program. The Standard set of services in AFP360° is provided free of charge to members!

All AFP members receive the following Standard Services upon registration:

Digital Resume Analysis, unlimited usage Traits Assessment Korn Ferry Job Board* access (*separate service from AFP Career Center) Career Insights Interview App for 80 minutes (may purchase more minutes) That's right - members receive free of charge 80 minutes of artificial intelligence coaching and feedback on meeting and interview preparation! Additional time can be purchased if desired.

AFP members have the option to upgrade to a premium subscription plan, and - in addition to the Standard Services, receive unlimited one-on-one coaching sessions and 24/7 chat support for a discounted rate of just $25 per month.

Note: Young professionals receive one free coaching session (45 minutes) upon registration, as part of their free Standard Services.

To learn more, visit https://afpglobal.org/AFP360

This is an element of AFP's strategy to help prepare AFP members to be the philanthropic organization leaders of tomorrow.  Cynthia Nickell, AFP-GLAC Past president, represented our chapter at a recent brainstorming session in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Members in the News

AFP-GLAC's VP of Education to present at AHP Madison Institute

Lupita C. Garza, CFRE has been invited to join the Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy at Madison. The AHP Madison Institute offers health care development professionals an unparalleled opportunity to learn, share and develop connections, as well as make life-long professional contacts in a supportive and highly-targeted learning environment. It’s a year’s worth of learning in just five days.  Lupita will be part of a team teaching “The Annual Giving Track” from July 14 to 19 in Madison Wisconsin.

Committee on Directorship

Nominate yourself and others for the AFP-GLAC 2020 Board of Directors

Nominations are now open for the AFP-GLAC Board of Directors, and we hope to hear from you!

Serving on the board is a special opportunity to work with committed colleagues and to play key roles in advancing our chapter's strategies in the philanthropic landscape of Los Angeles. You are invited to nominate candidates for the board, including yourself!   If you know of others who would be an asset to the leadership team, please urge them to apply, or nominate them yourself.

The Committee on Directorship seeks to balance the skills and experiences of new directors with those of continuing board members. All returning and new board members must fill out the application. Click on the link below to complete the online form. Those new to the board must send in their current CV or resume.
Deadline - July 26

GLAC BOD Duties and Responsibilities 2020

2020 Board of Directors Application

Please send CV or resume to office@afpglac.org (required of new candidates only) Application deadline: July 26, 2019.

Thank you,

Cynthia Nickell, MBA, CFRE

Immediate Past President

Chair, Committee on Directorship

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Mike Amerikaner

Development Officer

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Ruth Calichman

Leadership Circle Officer

Southern California Public Radio

Alex Couri

Director of Individual Giving & Special Events


Kisbel De La Rosa

Development & Partnership Mgr

5 Gyres

Denise Forrest

Grants Manager

California Environmental Justice Alliance

Michael Lockard

Director of Development

Claremont Lincoln University

Sonia Mak-Shahbazi

Development Manager

Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation

Hilary Manners



Denise Muniz, CFRE



Elizabeth Ridenour

Director of Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship

St. Baldrick's Foundation

Richard Sajor



Christina Shirinyan, MPA

Associate Director of Advancement 

Oakwood School

Joel Wyatt



*New members as of May 31, 2019.
AFP Anniversaries
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July Anniversaries
30 Years

Kathy Kraas, President, K2 Consulting Group

10 Years
Tisa Blackmore, Executive VP & Regional Director, Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.
Jennifer Wise, Senior Vice President of Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon
2019-NPD-CVENT-Newsletter-sidebar-150wide.jpg Nominations extended through July 12, 2019!

It's that time to send in your nominations for this year's National Philanthropy Day Awards!

Nominator Instructions - Ground Rules

1. In order to nominate someone, you must have permission from the individual in order to nominate him or her for an award.

2. You may encourage others to nominate the same person or organization.
3. If your nominee is chosen, you must confirm that the person or representatives from the organization can attend the event on November 7, 2019.

4. If your nominee is chosen, you will serve as liaison to the nominee by assisting the National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon (NPDCAL) Committee with inviting guests and sponsors.

5. If your nominee is chosen, you agree to attend the VIP reception during National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon (NPDCAL).

6. Please follow the word count guidelines in the nomination form.

Nomination Categories
Outstanding Young Philanthropist

Outstanding Public or Private Foundation or Corporation
Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Nominations are due July 12, 2019.

Submit Your Nominations Here!

Thank you!
Andrea Salazar & Mauria McPoland
National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon Co-Chairs
Eye on Ethics


AFP-GLAC’s Eye on Ethics:

Over the next two months, we’ll be featuring a couple of stories regarding sexual harassment in the fundraising profession. Here is one member’s story regarding a donor. Next month, in our monthly newsletter, we’ll feature a story of harassment on one of our members from not only a donor, but someone on their staff. Sexual harassment in the workplace is an important topic to address and we are only briefly skimming the surface with these two stories. At the bottom of this article, you’ll find information on AFP’s 2018 sexual harassment survey, as well as what to do if you feel you’re being sexually harassed at work.

Hands-On Donor

I was 23 years old at the time enjoying our Alumni Reception event. There I met Mr. Wall Street, an older man, married, father of three, and a much-valued donor of the educational institution where I worked. I was new in the Development field. I was excited to be part of this amazing department and eager to learn all I could.

At the event, various alumni were speaking about their careers and their involvement with the educational institution. After I was introduced to Mr. Wall Street, we initially had some small talk. Throughout the evening, he kept approaching me and engaging me in more conversation, trying to get to know me better.  We exchanged business cards. I noticed he was overly friendly but did not really think this would lead to anything because he was a married man. Again, I was 23 years old and naïve.

The following Monday, I received an email from Mr. Wall Street indicating he would love to get together. I was a bit unsure if he meant to discuss the educational institution, the possibility of a gift, or something else. As his phone calls and emails continued, I realized he wanted more than just conversation. At one point, he offered to fly me to where he lived, pick me up in a limo and take me shopping at an expensive jewelry store. I thanked him for his offer but declined. That led to another email of him wanting to fly to where I lived and take me out for an evening and stay the night in an expensive hotel.

To find out what happened, please click here.
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In 2018, AFP did a survey partnering with the AFP Foundation and Chronicle of Philanthropy on sexual harassment in the workplace. For more information about the survey, please click on the link: https://afpglobal.org/one-quarter-all-female-fundraisers-report-sexual-harassment.

If you are experiencing sexual harassment at your place of work, check and see if your employer has an anti-harassment policy and follow the steps for reporting the harassment. If your employer does not have a policy in place, talk with your supervisor. Further information may be found with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Please let us know if you have an ethical dilemma you’d like to share. Email Melanie Elliott, Ethics Chair at melhelliott@gmail.com the following: 1) The ethical dilemma or situation; 2) How you solved it; and 3) If you would like to remain anonymous. Thank you!

Philanthropy Update


Donate to the Chapter Fund Today

The AFP-GLAC Chapter Fund is another great resource for our members. The support and funds from the Chapter Fund provides scholarship opportunities for AFP-GLAC members to attend events, the AFP International Conference, our Regional Philanthropy Conference, and more. A gift of even $25 can help make the difference in providing more opportunities for more members. Supporting the chapter means supporting each other. Click here to give today!

Volunteer Update


Looking to get involved?

Interested in volunteering with AFP-GLAC? We have plenty of opportunities that fit what you are looking for, and help you get the most out of your AFP membership. Check out our standing volunteer opportunities here, or please contact Katie McDonald, VP of Philanthropy & Volunteers, at kmcdonald@5acres.org to learn more.

Interested in helping plan our National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon this fall? We have committee positions available! Please contact Katie McDonald or Andrea Salazar at AndreaS@wellnestla.org or Mauria McPoland at mcmjlla@earthlink.net to get involved!
Become a Partner in Philanthropy!

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 level of expertise of fundraising professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition, sponsorships help to underwrite scholarships for professionals who cannot afford to attend development seminars and conferences. Event sponsorship opportunities include Professional Development Seminars & Luncheons, Advanced Executive Forums, Young Professional events, Local Area Round Tables and the annual National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon.

For more information about sponsorship levels and benefits, visit the Partners in Philanthropy page.

Questions? Contact PIP Committee Chair, Jennifer Ellspermann, via email at jellspermann@komenlacounty.org.

Educational Opportunities Available In Our Region


Don't miss these great events!

Click on the links below for more information.

  • The Southern California Association for Healthcare Development is proud to announce their next educational event with Wayne Herron - "Growing Your Employees to Greatness" on August 16, 2019 at CHOC Children's FoundationThis session will provide leaders insights and practical tips to help our employees see their professional potential and unique contribution to deliver outstanding results in their respective areas of the responsibility.  Click here to register.

  • AFP California Capital Chapter will be hosting the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course on September 16-17, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. Fundamentals is a 2-day intensive course that offers a complete overview of fundraising designed for those with 5 or fewer years of experience in the field. Topics covered include: developing an integrated fundraising program, marketing, building and sustaining relationships, securing the gift, managing volunteers and fundraising management and accountability. Currently, this is the only Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offered in our region in 2019 (the next closest are in Alaska or Ohio) and is a great opportunity for your more entry-level members to strengthen their skills. Details about the course and a registration link are at: http://www.cvent.com/events/the-fundamentals-of-fundraising/event-summary-d81c086b036a45d5935a63f3a78edda7.aspx

  • Child Care Resource Center will be hosting the first ever Business Development Conference, The IDEAL Conference. A conference in the San Fernando Valley for small businesses and nonprofits on September 18-19, 2019 in North Hollywood, CA.  For more information and to register go to https://theidealconference.com/

Scholarship Update



It is the goal of the AFP-GLAC to support the professional development of its members.  One way AFP-GLAC achieves this goal is by providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships.  Scholarships will be awarded until all scholarship funds have been used.

Chapter Scholarships are made possible by the generous donations of our members to the AFP-GLAC Chapter fund. 

Financial assistance through scholarships is offered for the following categories:

  1. AFP-GLAC Development Seminar/Luncheon
  2. AFP-GLAC Membership Incentive for New & Renewing Professional & Young Professional Members

This scholarship covers up to $100 of the membership fee* for new and renewing Professional and Young Professional members to join the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter.  There are five available scholarships per year that are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Applicants must be full-time fundraisers or spend at least fifty percent of their time fundraising.  Special circumstances may be considered at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.   Click here to access the Scholarship Application form.

* Note: Applicants are still responsible for paying the remaining balance of AFP Global dues ($280 for Professionals and $65 for Young Professionals). 

  1. AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference
  2. Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient – receives $1,000 from AFP-GLAC
  3. Chamberlain Scholarship Runner Up Recipient – Conference fees for the AFP International Conference on Philanthropy are paid by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. Chamberlain recipient also receives $1,000 from our AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

Please click here to visit our Chapter Fund Scholarship page.  

Questions?  Contact Jeanne Warlick, Scholarship Chair, at JWarlick@materdolorosa.org