June/July 2020 Newsletter

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Chapter President
Mauria McPoland

President’s Message: A Focus on IDEA

Although our chapter has embraced the IDEA Committee for the past 2.5 years, we are now taking steps to carve a robust path forward for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. IDEA has always had the full support of the board of directors, however, the IDEA Council, (composed of the board executive committee), was recently created to provide essential support, leadership and guidance for IDEA. Chair Lisa Baxter and team have developed a comprehensive plan for 2020 (and beyond) and will soon ask for representatives to serve on the IDEA Committee, with the charge of more tactical, hands-on work. They have provided reading resources found later in this newsletter. For additional resources from Global, click here: https://afpglobal.org/afp-idea-social-justice

I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate the writing of AFP Global CEO, Mike Geiger…

As fundraisers for nonprofit organizations, we are part of the solution to making the world a better place – by listening, empathizing, inspiring, raising funds and taking action. AFP stands for and fights for the values of inclusion, justice, diversity, fairness, generosity and compassion. Fundraising unites people – there is no place for exclusion, racism and oppression. AFP members raise funds for thousands of different causes, but stamping out institutional racism must be a priority for all. Every donor we inspire, every dollar we raise, every colleague we support, every action we take – is another vital step on the journey to eliminating hatred and racism. Most importantly, regardless of our race, gender, socioeconomic circumstances, sexual preferences, geography or any other applied labels, we must ALL act  and we must all act TOGETHER.

As a chapter and community, we should share a commitment to be more proactive in the quest for solutions and healing.  We should pledge to have the difficult conversations that bring about change. We should rethink and reimagine.  AFP-Greater Los Angeles will be so much Better Together!


Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC

New Pricing for AFP-GLAC Job Postings
job-board-shutterstock.jpg AFP-GLAC Job Center’s Special Economic Stimulus Pricing

Most non-profit organizations in Los Angeles have remained open to serve their clients and are continuing to hire quality professionals to join and even to lead their development teams.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Los Angeles Chapter is here to help our members find opportunities in the non-profit job marketplace during this unprecedented and challenging environment.  To encourage non-profits to post job openings on the AFP-GLAC Chapter Job Center, we are offering Special Economic Stimulus Pricing, reducing our minimum job listing to one month (instead of two) and offering a $50 discount on two month job listings.

Special Economic Stimulus Pricing

Fees for One Month Job Listing:

$100 - AFP GLAC Members $175 - Non-members 

Includes a dedicated e-blast to the full AFP-GLAC member and non-member email list.

Fees for Two Months Job Listing:

$150 - AFP GLAC Members $300 - Non-members 

Includes a dedicated e-blast to the full AFP-GLAC member and non-member email list.


If you are a fundraising professional seeking  a new opportunity, watch for our job announcement e-blasts.

If your non-profit has key development positions to fill, be sure to share your job listings with AFP-GLAC’s active network of members and friends by taking advantage of our Economic Stimulus pricing today!

Check out AFP-GLAC’s  Chapter Job Center for details.
Virtual Events


AFP-GLAC Members Jump into Virtual Education and Networking events

We were excited to welcome more than 100 members and guests to participate in our first keynoted roundtable, May 27, featuring Wendy Garen as the opening keynote speaker. 

This was followed June 18 by Pamela Barden offering “Today’s Fundraising Truths that Took me Years to Learn” especially for Emerging Professionals, plus two “Afternoons with AFP-GLAC” free networking events. 

Response has been so favorable that we are pleased to continue your online programming with:



July 14, 2020 11:00 am -12:15 pm

Virtual Chapter Meeting, featuring presentation by Dan Rothblatt, Sr. Vice President, Jewish Community Foundation. 

Donor Advised Fund Philanthropy: What You Need to Know To Navigate This Growing Field

This session will feature a discussion on the growing field of donor advised funds in the philanthropic world. Learn what motivates donors to establish donor advised funds, how to work with donors that give through this giving vehicle, and how to explore gifts directly from community foundations. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation.

Price: Members $30, Non-members $40, Approved for 1.25 CEs

Click here to register.

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation




July 30, 2020 11:00 – 12:30

Webinar:  Philanthropy and Capital Campaigns – Moving Forward

presented by Netzel Grigsby Associates

Price: Members $20, Non-members $30,  Approved for 1.50 CEs

Click here to register.


August 18, 2020 11:00 am -12:30 pm

Virtual Advanced Forum: Inspiring Hope for the Future through Planned Giving – Timely Takeaways from Expert Panelists

  • William Strickland, JD, Certified Specialist Planned Giving, Planned Giving Officer, California Community Foundation
  • Vincent J. Fraumeni, Director, Planned Giving Cal Poly Pomona
  • Michele Bignardi, CFRE, Certified Specialist Planned Giving, SVP Netzel Grigsby Associates

Price: Members $30, Non-members $40, Approved for 1.25 CEs

Click here to register.

Sponsored by Crescendo



September 2, 2020 10:00 am-11:00 am

Webinar: Branding and Building Your Online Community

presented by Austin Alderdice and Hannah d'Entremont.

Communications experts share simple tactics to implement into your organization’s everyday communication, leading to a stronger brand and tighter community. Improved communication can boost your integrity and visibility and ultimately lead to more donor dollars. Learn about establishing and strengthening your organization’s voice, the importance of consistency in your communications and easy ways to enhance your visibility on social media.

Price: Members $20, Non-members $30, Approved for 1 CE

Click here to register.


Sept 15, 2020 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Virtual Chapter Meeting. Featuring Workshop by Candid:

Creating Safe Spaces for Crucial Conversations about Race

We are experiencing an unprecedented surge of awareness about the genocide of Black Americans that has sparked protests, calls to action, changes in policy and worldwide mobilization. How do we begin to acknowledge and reduce the barriers to engaging in constructive conversations about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Race? How do we improve how we listen, process and reflect on these issues? Join Candid and the AFP-GLAC

I.D.E.A. Council as we lay a framework for non-profits to create space for healing through the art of communication.

Price: Members $30, Non-members $40, Approved for 1.25 CEs

Click here to register.


“To empower individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy” – AFP’s mission

On June 11, we launched Afternoons with AFP-GLAC, a bi-weekly virtual “Nonprofit Happy Hour” free for members only! We’ve created a space for members to celebrate successes, get assistance, vent and “hang out.” Our next #AFPGLACAfters is on July 9 from 4:00-5:00pm. Members, check your inbox for your invitation!


AFP Members at Afternoons with AFP-GLAC on June 25, 2020

If you’re feeling like you need a member benefit refresher, you can still view AFP Membership: What’s in it for You?   It was a recent webinar we provided for members and nonmembers, detailing the major benefits of AFP Global membership. Click here to view: AFP Membership is Great!

Join in July!  $50.00 Discount for New Members

Membership Coupon Extended Through July 31!

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate categories. The discount is extended through July 31, 2020.

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Worried about Finances?

If you’re worried about finances, like so many of us are, did you know there’s an installment plan for the Professional and Associate categories? You can pay your membership dues in six installments. Click here to learn more: AFP Installment Plan (Our chapter dues are $120 for the year.)

If your membership is about to expire or you need to renew, click here: Join AFP

We are here for you!  If you have any questions, reach out to Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at melhelliott@gmail.com.

New Resource for AFP-GLAC Community


AFP-GLAC Up and At ‘Em Job Club

Has your job been affected as a result of COVID-19? If you’ve been laid off, or are otherwise experiencing job loss, this club is for you! We are thinking of launching the AFP-GLAC Up and At ‘Em Job Club. Would you be interested in joining? If your answer is yes, please email Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at melhelliott@gmail.com.


AFP-GLAC Up and At ‘Em Job Club

PURPOSE OF THE GROUP:  To support and celebrate each other in our journey to a new chapter

WHEN: We’ll meet every two weeks, dates depending on what the group decides. Each meeting will be around an hour depending on the meeting’s platform.

WHO: Members and non-members welcome - FREE! 

If we have enough interest, we’ll move forward with forming the club! More to come!

IDEA Council Update


Resource List to Prepare for and Pursue Racial Equity

Compiled by the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A) Committee

What role do we play to improve the social welfare of the communities we serve? And how can we make significant progress towards a more just and equitable society – one where everyone can participate fully and authentically?

As the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A) Committee of AFP-GLAC, we found it critical to share resources to help you not only facilitate conversations that motivate change, but also present ways to take meaningful action in the pursuit of racial justice.

Click here to download the resource list.

Get Informed

If you’re unsure where to start, education and learning can be a really good first step.


Take Action

Once you’re informed, consider taking action to put your learnings into practice.

  • Don’t underestimate the power of listening! Listen openly and nonjudgmentally to colleagues around you, especially those who may have experienced racial bias, inequity, and discrimination, and are open to talking to you about it:


Get Engaged

To make sustainable change, consider ways to stay engaged in the pursuit of racial equity.

  • Join the IDEA Committee of AFP-GLAC to assist the chapter with initiatives that promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access across the fundraising sector
  • Volunteer and/or donate to organizations who are committed to anti-oppression work
  • Contact your local representatives to share your commitment to racial equity in your community


Take Care

And as you do this work, ensure you are also taking care of yourself throughout this journey.

The pursuit of racial equity is a marathon, which requires us to stretch ourselves outside of our comfort zone and prepare for the long distance ahead. So, remember to be gentle with yourself throughout the process and don’t be afraid to make (and correct!) mistakes. Missteps and mishaps WILL happen along the way – the important thing is to remain committed to doing the work to achieve a more equitable world.

Did we miss something?

The road to achieve true inclusion, diversity, equity and access across our communities is a long one, and is certainly not going to be done alone. So, if you feel there is a resource missing, please email your thoughts and suggestions to Lisa Baxter (lisa_baxter@mlk-chf.org) or Danielle Lara (INFO@DanielleCLara.com) of the AFP-GLAC I.D.E.A Committee

NPDCAL Goes Virtual

We have received several very exciting nominations for National Philanthropy Day Awards, but there is still room for you!  Please nominate a donor, an organization or a fundraiser by July 10 for consideration for our 35th Anniversary NPD celebration.  This year's categories include:  Outstanding Philanthropist; Outstanding Corporation or Corporate Foundation; Outstanding Public or Private Foundation; Spirit of Philanthropy; Outstanding Nonprofit Organization; and Outstanding Professional Fundraiser.  Click https://npd.afpvote.org/nominations/AFPGLAC to find out more.  And don't forget to save November 13 to join us for the whole exciting event.  See you there!

Government Update


AFP Government Relations

AFP Global’s recent and current legislative priorities include:

  • Expansion of the universal charitable deduction
  • Legacy IRA Act
  • Governance issues, such as Johnson Amendment and Form 990 changes
  • Mailing and postage issues, and
  • State bills (including recent focus on those states requiring ethics and other training throughout the state)

We will provide updates on these and other AFP public policy efforts in the coming months.

AFP’s public policy efforts are supported by the AFP Political Action Committee, which is the only political action committee that focuses on fundraising and charitable giving.  The AFP PAC has a bi-partisan and single focus: dedicated exclusively to the protection and advancement of the fundraising profession and philanthropy through the support of Federal candidates. 

AFP Political Action Committee leverages AFP’s advocacy efforts through access to decision makers to promote AFP’s public policy priorities.  Examples of successes from these efforts include passage of the IRA Rollover provision and effective opposition to proposals to cap the charitable deduction for major donors.

-Terry Monteleone, CFRE, CSPG – AFP-GLAC Government Relations Chair

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scholarship.jpg Chapter Fund Scholarship Opportunities

You receive important educational scholarship opportunities as a member of AFP-GLAC. These scholarships are made possible by the generous donations of our members to the AFP-GLAC Chapter Fund.  Scholarships will be awarded until all scholarship funds have been used.   

To apply, please visit our website, complete, and submit your scholarship application.  https://community.afpglobal.org/afpcagreaterlosangeleschapter/new-item4/new-item4,

  1. AFP-GLAC Online Events This scholarship will pay the cost for attending our online events.
  2. AFP-GLAC Development Seminar/Luncheon This scholarship will pay for 50% or $30 towards an in-person AFP-GLAC Development Seminar/Luncheon (when live events are reinstated.) 
  3. 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.  Five available scholarships per year. 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.  
    * Note: Applicants are still responsible for paying the remaining balance of AFP Global dues ($280 for Professionals & $65 for Young Professionals). 
  4. AFP-GLAC National Philanthropy Day Conference Scholarships will be available for our annual AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference.  Stay tuned for future details. 

Please contact me with any scholarship-related questions. 

Jeanne Warlick, Chair of Scholarships


Philanthropy Update

Join Us in Supporting the Los Angeles Chapter and AFP Global!

Thank you to everyone who has already made their annual gifts to the local and national campaigns supporting AFP.  We count on everyone who is able to make a gift to help us reach our goals. 

Please join with the entire board of directors of our Chapter and dozens of chapter members in supporting 1) The AFP-GLAC Chapter Fund (supporting scholarships and program offerings for our local members; and 2) The AFP Foundation Be the Cause Fund (advancing the fundraising profession and nonprofit leadership in the USA):

Please make a gift as you are able, supporting both the local and national campaigns:

AFP-GLAC Chapter Fund:  https://www.kindest.com/campaign/afp-glac-chapter-fund

AFP Foundation:  https://afpglobal.org/donate


Thanks for giving it forward! 

Jennifer Berger
VP, Philanthropy and Volunteers



Welcome to New Members!

Amanda Keady

Thank you to Renewed Members!

Alexandria Arnold
Kirstin Clink
Jennifer D'Alvarez, CFRE, MBA
Wendy Finch-Burk
Robin R. Harvill, CFRE
June Katzschner
Darryl Mori
Dawn Mori
Jenny Perez, BA
Marilee Janine Potthoff, BA
James C Ramsey, BA
Joanne Reyes
Niki Stacy Shapiro
Jared Sheehan
Jody Short, CFRE
Frederik Wilkens, MBA