June 2019 Newsletter

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Save the Date for 2019!
calendar_icon.jpg Join us in 2019!

Thursday, June 11, 2019 - Young Professionals Event - Indie Desk
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
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 National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon in the fall, held again this year at JW Marriott 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.


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: 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.

new_members.jpeg Welcome New AFP-GLAC Members!

  • Kim Evette Anthony, Executive Director, Urban Philanthropy
  • Jenny Beck, Senior Grant Writer, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Kirstin Clink, Director of Development, Children's Burn Foundation
  • Kevin Delaney, CFRE, Vice President for Marketing and Development, La Salle College Preparatory
  • Judith Hamilton-Marquez
  • Demetrius Holmes, Executive Director, The Gail McKay Foundation
  • Mary Koenig, Director of Fund Development, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers
  • Melissa Puls, VP for University Advancement, Claremont Lincoln University
  • Meisha Rainman, CicLAvia
  • Joanne Reyes, Chief Development Officer, Fulfillment Fund
  • Robin Sweeney, Venice Family Clinic
*New members as of April 30, 2019.
AFP Anniversaries
anniversary.jpg Members Celebrating Milestones with AFP!

June Anniversaries
15 Years

Danese Bardot, Chief Development Officer, Huntington Medical Research Institutes
Shelia King, Executive Director, Pepperdine University

10 Years
Kelly Ventimiglia,Director of Individual & Corporate Giving, Boys & Girls Clubs Santa Monica

5 Years

Heather Siemienas

National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon
2019-NPD-CVENT-Newsletter-sidebar-150wide.jpg Nominations now being accepted!
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 1, 2019.

Submit Your Nominations Here!

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


Coming up Soon:  Nominations for AFP-GLAC Board of Directors!

Next month we open nominations for the AFP-GLAC board of directors for the 2020 program year.   Whom do you recommend to help shape our programs for the year ahead?  How about yourself? 

The AFP-GLAC Committee on Directorship seeks a diverse, enthusiastic group of 20 volunteers to spearhead the chapter’s programming and membership services.  It’s a great way to meet new friends, and there are positions with different levels of time commitment required.

Be on the lookout for a special email, “AFP-GLAC Board Nominations now Open!”  Please self-nominate, and nominate others as well.  Current board members must also complete the form to be included in the next year’s board of directors. 

We look forward to seeing your application!

With anticipation,

Cynthia Nickell

AFP-GLAC Past President
Chair, Committee on Directorship

Young Professionals Group

young_professionals.jpg Only a few spots left! Register today!

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)

The AFP-GLAC Young Professionals Group invite all to attend this special speaker event. 

The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy 

Waves of new billionaires are working below the radar, significantly influencing public policy by investing in a wide range of causes. Join David Callahan, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, for an interactive session about these “givers” and the ways their fortunes are resulting in a power shift in American society.

Click here to register!

This event has been pre-approved by CFRE International for 1.5 CEs.


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:

If you have an ethical dilemma/story to tell, we’d love to hear about it. Please email Melanie Elliott, AFP-GLAC’s Board Member and Ethics Chair at melhelliott@gmail.com. Please include your story, how it was solved and whether we have permission to use your name. Thank you!

Diversity Update

From the IDEA Committee

Do you conduct exit interviews? Here’s why you should if you’re serious about improving IDEA in your workplace.

Why Women of Color Get Less Support at Work, Research Confirms

Read in Inc.: https://apple.news/AU8Kj9PNiQ6-vPNW4MJRbeA

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 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 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 http://scahd.org/2019-06-21

  • CFRE International is offering a free webinar to review the CFRE application process on June 25, 2019Have your questions about the CFRE Application answered during this free one-hour webinar! You'll receive an overview of the requirements for each Application section: Education, Professional Performance, Professional Practice, and the Donor Bill of Rights. You'll see examples of how to enter your data into the CFRE Application and learn how the submission process works. If you've been meaning to work on your application, this webinar will give you everything you need to know to start and complete it.  Click here for more details.

  • 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/

2019 Chamberlain Scholar


A report from International Conference

In late August/early September, we will begin to accept applications from AFP-GLAC members for the 2020 Chamberlain Scholarship.  To give you an idea of the benefit of attending the AFP International Conference as a Chamberlain Scholar, here is a note from this year’s winner, Tiffany Leung, Development Associate, Foundation and Corporate Relations, at Cedars-Sinai. 

“I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to attend my first AFP ICON in San Antonio. It was a huge honor to represent as our chapter’s 2019 Chamberlain Scholar. I made some wonderful connections with fundraisers from all over the country and at all levels of their careers. I learned so many valuable tools during the conference sessions that I plan to implement at my current job and also throughout my fundraising and professional career. I’ve never been in a room with so many fundraisers and the enthusiasm about making an impact through our work was truly inspiring. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in attending their first AFP ICON for the first time to apply for next year’s chamberlain scholarship! Thank you AFP-GLAC!”