May 2019 Newsletter

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Save the Date for 2019!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Advanced Forum - The Huntington Library, Art, Collections and Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Professional Development Seminar and Luncheon - Cathedral Center
Thursday, June 11, 2019 - Young Professionals Event - Location TBA
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 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
You can join AFP today!


Don’t wait any longer – now is the time to join AFP-GLAC!


We support development professionals! The LA chapter is one of the country’s largest chapters with almost 500 members!

  • We have regularly scheduled lunch meetings featuring local speakers and topics relevant to our everyday work.
  • Our chapter offers local area Roundtables and Advanced Executive Forums throughout the year.
  • We have a fabulous Regional Philanthropy Conference in the fall, held again this year at LA Live.
  • If you’re looking for a job, we have an online job board for our members and you can also post a job opportunity.


For the first time in 10 years, AFP Global will be increasing its dues for Professional and Associate members by $30, effective July 1st. Why are dues increasing? Click here.


First time members who join in 2019 can attend the local area Roundtables (DTLA and/or Pasadena) for rest of 2019, at no charge! There are two Roundtables left this year (July and October), an $80 value!

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:

Any questions? Please contact AFP-GLAC membership committee chair Patricia Ostiller at 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

new_members.jpeg Welcome New AFP-GLAC Members!

  • Alexandra Ashworth, Director, Individual Giving, National Public Radio
  • Megan Black, Head of Social Responsibilities, Create Cures
  • Eduardo Hernandez, Development Manager, Susan G. Komen Los Angeles
  • Lois Lee, President, Children of the Night
  • Charlotte Miles, Special Events Coordinator, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
  • Sarah Sapiro, Director, Individual Giving, National Public Radio

*New members as of March 30, 2019.

AFP Anniversaries
anniversary.jpg Members Celebrating Milestones with AFP!

May Anniversaries

20 Years
Michael Dreibe, CFRE, Methodist Hospital Foundation

10 Years
Lucinda Mandella, C.A.R.M.A

5 Years
Peter Gjerset, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
Ryne Meadors, VCA Charities

Young Professionals Group

young_professionals.jpg Save the Date!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Indie Desk, 333 S. Grand Ave., Suite 3310, Los Angeles, CA
(Wells Fargo Building)

More details to follow.

Advanced Executive Forum

Save the Date

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.
Eye on Ethics


AFP-GLAC’s Eye on Ethics:

Hidden Money Found

The following is a story from one of our AFP-GLAC members:

After spending 18 years as a Realtor, my mother had health issues in a different state, and I needed to go spend the summer with her. I had been elected by my sisters to convince her that she needed to let go of her property/home and move to another city to live with my oldest sister. This was not to be an easy assignment as she had no intention of doing the sisters' bidding.

After the summer came to an end, I realized this task was not going to be accomplished quickly. I had developed a nice relationship with her coffee pals who suggested that I stay and follow up on a local Catholic High School’s bid to find a new Development Director. I had no experience in development or fundraising, but had many years in high end sales which included networking, relationship building, negotiating, and working with both sides of the transaction in order to bring it to a tidy close; leaving all parties happy, friendly, ready for repeat business and future referrals.

After a nice interview with the Principal, I came away with the job. Interestingly enough, they were ready for a capital campaign, needing to raise $6 million for all sorts of things. The timing of my employment came just on the heels of a rather large drop in the market and the school’s investments had taken a serious hit. So, as the new kid on the block, I discovered who the two founding families were and asked each for a six-figure donation to be made over 3 years, to help us build a bridge and turn things around. One said yes right away, the other had some issues with the school that needed attention. He ranted, I listened, and I became a liaison between him and the foundation board. It worked beautifully and all his concerns were being addressed. Then, he asked the board to do a business plan, in light of their discussion of a capital campaign. Mr. Donor wanted to see the plan for school survival in a changing world. The board agreed. This is where the story gets complicated…

To find out what happened, click here for the rest of the story.


Diversity is not “crock pot love” – that is, you can’t dump all the ingredients in, close the lid and wait for the love. So says Kishana Palmer in this easy to watch video.

Invest just 15 minutes to uncover frameworks for thinking, strategies, and action steps that nonprofits can do to promote and commit to the big IDEA – inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.

Why Diversity Matters for Nonprofits: Interview with Kishshana Palmer (15:10) -

Philanthropy Update


Support Be the Cause

Have you donated to our Be the Cause Campaign? Right now is the perfect time! Funds raised from the Be the Cause campaign help to strengthen AFP International’s ability to support our chapter in our efforts to grow membership opportunities and other resources that we are able to offer. This year, we are hoping to raise $10,000 for our chapter. We hope you will consider a gift of just $20 to Be the Causethat’s less than the cost of a lunch out! Your support will make the difference for AFP-GLAC this year and beyond! Click here to donate now.

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 to learn more.

Interested in helping plan our Regional Philanthropy Conference and National Philanthropy Day luncheon this fall? We have committee positions available! Please contact Katie McDonald or Andrea Salazar, 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

Educational Opportunities Available In Our Region


Click on the links below for more information.

  • Sessions have been announced for the 2nd Annual AFP Greater San Fernando Valley Conference on May 9th! Take advantage of special member-pricing and plan on joining us for a day of stimulating conversation and learning. 

    Register now for AFP GSFV's 2nd Annual Conference for Fundraisers: Philanthropy: From the Donor's Perspective This year's fundraising conference will focus primarily on philanthropy from your donor's point of view.


    • 8:30am to 9:45am: Donor Panel moderated by Pegi Matsuda: What makes a donor want to give to your organization?
    • 10am to 11:15am: Helpful Guidelines for creating a compelling Case Statement
    • 11:30am to 12:30pm: What to do with all that data?
    • 1:30 to 2:30pm: Donor Diversity: Who is the current prospective donor?
    • 2:45 to 3:45pm: How to tell your story with Janet Levine
  • The Southern California Association for Healthcare Development is offering a Meet The Funders healthcare development session June 21, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in DTLA.  Panelist include: Jennifer Price-Letscher, Director Programs & Special Programs, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; Laura Rath, MSG, Senior Program Officer for Archstone Foundation; Jennifer Vanore, Ph.D., President & COO, UniHealth Foundation; and Rosemary Veniegas, Ph.D., Health Program Officer, California Community Foundation. For more information visit

  • 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:

  • 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




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
  3. AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference
  4. Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient – receives $1,000 from AFP-GLAC
  5. Chamberlain Scholarship Runner Up Recipient – receives $1,000 from AFP-GLAC

Please click here to visit our Chapter Fund Scholarship page.  

Questions?  Contact Jeanne Warlick, Scholarship Chair, at