May 2020 Newsletter

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Chapter President
Mauria McPoland

President’s Message

The AFP-GLAC chapter board of directors continues to wish you good health and well-being during these challenging times!

AFP-GLAC is following the Safer at Home order in planning for the months ahead. Our professional development and luncheon speaker events, which we usually hold in person, will take place virtually during May through August. Mark your calendars for the Roundtables, Young Professionals/Emerging Leaders, Advanced Forum and a special keynote event in July. We will also provide a sprinkling of webinars throughout the summer, including another free webinar from Global this month. And, we are going forward with the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon in November, be it virtual or in-person.

There is good news from AFP Global that can provide some relief to us. Since the pandemic has forced many members to watch their finances, Global is offering a payment plan for your dues. Scroll down for the details to take advantage of this opportunity.

The board of directors has some bittersweet news to convey. Our president-elect, Liz Birlet is stepping down from her role. Liz has been a dynamic leader during her four-year commitment to the board and we thank her for time, talent and treasure during her service. Board member Mike Driebe, was recently voted in to fill the president-elect role. Mike has been a long-time member of the chapter and board, serving as treasurer for many years. Best wishes to Liz and congratulations Mike!

I will conclude this month’s message by repeating what Mike Geiger, CEO of AFP Global, stated during our recent chapter leader session:  “Stay connected. Support each other. And thank you all for being so dedicated to your important cause. Thank you for reaching out to people because they are happy to hear from you -  they are craving connection and understanding.”

The Greater Los Angeles chapter leadership aims to provide the environment and experiences that enable us to stay connected AND support each other throughout the year.


Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC

AFP Board Update


Committee on Directorship

Recently AFP-GLAC board officer Liz Birlet asked to step away from her position as president-elect while remaining on the board. When a board vacancy occurs, it is the responsibility of the Committee on Directorship to identify and recruit the best candidate for the position, to be approved by the board of directors.

We are fortunate that longtime board member Mike Driebe, President of Methodist Hospital Foundation in Arcadia, has agreed to accept the role of AFP-GLAC president-elect, effective immediately.  This was approved by the Board at its May 12 meeting.  Mike, who has been a board officer several times since 2008, will serve as the Chapter’s president for the 2021 calendar year.  Thank you, Mike!

News from Global

Financial Help For These Difficult Times

Did you know that AFP Global offers an installment payment plan for your dues? Did you also know Global is offering a $50 discount in June?

Check out the info below…

Membership Installment Payment Plan

AFP understands the economic situation that many of our members are currently facing and is offering a one-time membership dues payment plan, to be paid in six installments. Review the document for more information and eligible membership categories.

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June Membership Coupon

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP will be offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate categories only by June 30, 2020.

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The 35th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day is coming!

Celebrating the Power of Philanthropy has never been so important as it is today.  Amid covid19 pandemic, many companies, organizations and individuals have come up with innovative solutions to feed, support and protect our most vulnerable communities.  We invite you to  celebrate heroes going above and beyond for our non-profit organizations by nominating for one of the following categories.

Nomination Categories (see descriptions on nomination link below)
Outstanding Philanthropist

Outstanding Corporation or Corporate Foundation
Outstanding Public or Private Foundation
Spirit of Philanthropy
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Nominate your heroes today! Nominations are due by May 31, 2020!

Thank you!

Thank you to our fundraising partners!

AFP-GLAC is very grateful to our fundraising partners, who generously provided us with substantive skill-based webinars over the past few months, free of charge.

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Contact: Cassie R. Carter, Ph.D.

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Contact: Chris Looney

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Contact: Don Souhrada

GiveSmart by Community Brands is a fundraising software designed with donors in mind. GiveSmart makes giving easy for in-person and online donation campaigns, games of chance, live and silent auctions with mobile bidding, and ticketing and registration. GiveSmart partners with nonprofits, schools, foundations, and organizations across the country, helping them raise $3 billion over the last seven years. 

Contact: Brandon Stec

Education Update

AFP-GLAC Brings Educational Opportunities to You!

Working from home? Be sure to make time for learning from home too. Based on federal and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, AFP-GLAC  is canceling all in-person events and moving events to a new virtual format. This change will continue until further notice. Register for an interesting webinar or virtually reconnect with your AFP associates by joining an online zoom event!  Scholarships are available for members.

May 27, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  AFP-GLAC First Virtual Roundtable live via Zoom!

Register Now! Members $20, Non-members $30.  Scholarships available.

June 18, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 pm:  “Today’s Fundraising Truths that Took Me Years to Learn”  presented live, online, by Pamela Barden.

This is an AFP-GLAC Young Professionals/Emerging Leaders Event, rescheduled from March. Prior registration will be honored.  All ages are welcome. 

Members $30, Nonmembers  $40. Scholarships available. Approved for 1.25 CEs.

June 23, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: “Can your Capital Campaign survive the pandemic?” webinar presented live online by Netzel Grigsby Associates. 

Members $20, Non-members $30. Scholarships available.

July 14, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Chapter Meeting and live online presentation by Dan Rothblatt on Donor Advised Funds. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation. Members $30, Nonmembers  $40.  Scholarships available.

Scholarship Opportunities



Please remember that the AFP-GLAC Chapter offer scholarships for members, so that you can attend educational offerings even when you are unemployed or unable to afford the full cost on your own.  There is even help toward member fees.  Please click AFP-GLAC Scholarships Offered for more information.  (On our website under Support the Chapter.)

Advertise with us

Advertise Your Company Through AFP-GLAC!

Reach our AFP-GLAC fundraising community by advertising with a hyperlinked banner on AFP-GLAC’s website and e-newsletter.

The AFP-GLAC website averages 4,500 views per month with over 1,500 unique visits. On average, the most views on our website is the day the monthly e-newsletter is launched.

The e-newsletter is sent to nearly 2,500 individuals, with our member open rate of 39.10% (industry standard is 20.90%).

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  • 1200x250 Website Banner - $1,000 for 2 months to be featured on the home page of our website
  • 590x150 eNewsletter Banner - $600 per month at the top of email and the newsletter section on website page

Interested in advertising? Visit the Partners in Philanthropy link on our website for advertising opportunities and benefits.

Questions? Contact PIP Committee Chair, Jennifer Ellspermann, at

Philanthropy Update

Together We Help Keep AFP-GLAC Strong

I hope this finds you well and safe.  It is in times like these we have an opportunity to come together even stronger as a community, and as AFP GLAC members, as a membership tribe of dedicated philanthropy professionals.  In these uncertain times, one thing is certain:  we are all in this together.

Right now our chapter is working harder and more dedicated than ever to finding innovative ways to support its members and with our Chapter Fund, to help provide support for conference scholarships (virtual or otherwise), webinars,  workshops, as well as online fundraising courses and CFRE support to substantiate the needs of our GLAC members. 

We are looking for each chapter member to consider a monthly gift of $10 or more towards the Chapter Fund in support of our Chapter’s Future.

Your participation is a testament to our strength and an investment in our future.  Here is the easy online portal to participate:

Be safe and be well, friends.

Jennifer Berger VP, Philanthropy and Volunteers,

IDEA Committee Update

Equity vs Equality: Do You Really Know?

The impact of COVID-19 has brought many things to light. In most instances, it has shone glaringly on the existing disparities in our society and may have you questioning what action to take next. Equity may not be the answer everyone is consciously seeking; however, it is a huge part of it. Wendy Gladney, international coach, consultant, trainer, author and speaker gives us a mini lesson on the difference between equity and equality. Point to Ponder: How are you helping to champion equity in your organization? Visit to learn more. Click on the link below:

Also, check out this article by AFP-GLAC chapter member, Randi Sunshine, who is also a member of the AFP Global IDEA Committee.  Her article was recently published in the April 28, 2020 Guides & Resources Publications for AFP.  Here is the article in its entirety.  

Idea Committee
Danielle Lara

Lisa Baxter, Chair, IDEA

Emerging Leaders


Don’t miss UCLA Professor Pamela Barden’s special event which has been re-scheduled just for you! 

June 18, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 pm:  “Today’s Fundraising Truths that Took Me Years to Learn”  presented live, online, by Pamela Barden.

This is an AFP-GLAC Young Professionals/Emerging Leaders Event, rescheduled from March. Prior registration will be honored.  All ages are welcome. 

With a professional career in strategic fundraising that spans 40 years, Pamela brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to working with nonprofit organizations.  As a consultant to nonprofits large and small, she specializes in writing fundraising copy for both offline and online use and P.R and membership retention materials.

Members $30, Nonmembers  $40. Scholarships available. Approved for 1.25 CEs. 

Patricia Ostiller
Chair, AFP-GLAC Young Professionals Programs

Chapter Highlights


AFP-GLAC In The News

AFP-GLAC board member Lisa Baxter was quoted in an April 16, 2020 Los Angeles Times Article, “How to thank healthcare, grocery and other essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.”

AFP-GLAC chapter was showcased in Global’s Leader Letter (May 1) for the value-added activities implemented so far during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Membership Updates


In case you missed it, AFP Global hosted a wonderful webinar that was free for our members and non-members: AFP Membership: What’s in it for You? Taryn Gold, Associate VP, Chapter Engagement, detailed the major benefits of AFP Global membership. Here’s the link to view: AFP Membership is Great!

As a lot of us are practicing physical distancing, we wanted you to know AFP Global provides many benefits for our members at the click your mouse. You can access the following anytime from the AFP Global website:

“Did You Know?”

  • Dues payment plans are being offered by Global. Check out the article in this newsletter.
  • Located in the AFP Chapter Resource Hub you’ll find AFP’s Covid-19 Resource Guide, “resources to help guide you in your fundraising, donor communications, and more.” Covid-19 Resource Guide
  • Looking to connect with other AFP members? Check out AFP Connect, AFP's online discussion platform only for members. New in-depth conversations are starting all the time-get in there and ask, or answer, a pressing question today!

A special thank you to all  members who completed the recent membership survey! Nearly 20% of members participated. Your input was greatly needed and appreciated. The winner of the AFP National Philanthropy Day Luncheon ticket is: Elizabeth Ridenour. CONGRATULATIONS and thank you! As we get closer to the big day, we’ll get in touch with you.

The AFP Membership Committee needs volunteers! If you’re interested in getting involved, come join our committee.  And, if you have any questions about membership we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to us: Melanie Elliott, VP, Membership – or Kristina Lamas, Chair of Member Engagement,

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


Welcome to New Members!

Chris Chaleunrath
Miriam Gelfand
Jenna Hanson
Garett Larivee
Linda Milan
Colleen Murphy
Kelli-Ann Nakayama
Lucy Tseng

And, to our new organization member – Earthjustice.

Thank you to Renewed Members!

Kristy Armas, MBA
Lisa Baxter, BA
Gretchen Blake
Yuri E Casco, CFRE
John Charnay
Diana Corbin
Mary Fagnano
Melissa Fuentes
Marc Haupert
Lois Lee
Charlotte Miles
Molly Moen, MBA
Patricia Ostiller, CFRE
Genevieve Riutort
Ellen Sell
Dasha Thomas
Melyora Trujilo

Thank you to these organizations who have renewed their membership!

Facing History and Ourselves
Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation
SST Nonprofit Services
Angelica Center For Arts & Music
Nurse-Family Partnership

Social Media Update


Marketing and Social Media for AFP-GLAC

Share AFP-GLAC via Social Media!

Please take a moment today to LIKE and FOLLOW our AFP-GLAC social media pages:




We are working to share the most relevant, helpful and timely tips, tricks, resources and webinars with our members on our Facebook and LinkedIn sites, so check them out!

And please continue to share your photos and resources with me at 


Felicity Palmer,

Chair, Marketing & Communications

Ethics Update

When should you say, ‘No, thank you’? 

One of the questions I want explore in this series of articles on ethics is:  even if an action is legal, is it always appropriate? 

Since most of the transactions we deal with are pretty straightforward, you might wonder why this is a topic worth considering. I feel, if we spend any length of time in this field, we will eventually come across opportunities to raise money for our institutions that require a second look. Let’s consider an example I can share from my experience.

Early in my career, I worked for a non-profit that had been receiving regular gifts from a small family foundation. Over time, the trustees of that foundation began to find their own annual reporting requirements onerous.  Each year there seemed to be a need for more meetings and paperwork, and the trustees wanted to unburden themselves and close their foundation.  This would require donating the foundation’s assets to another non-profit.  So, I was approached by the foundation’s president and asked if the organization would accept a donation of the limited partnership shares that made up the foundation’s assets.  In turn, he wanted to purchase those shares back from my organization at a fraction of their value.  Even at this discounted rate, the purchase would result in a significant gift to the non-profit where I worked. 

In the interest of due diligence, I went to legal counsel and was advised the transaction would be legally sound.  Per our bylaws and policies, I then took the matter to our board of directors, confident I’d get their approval.  While they agreed with counsel about the transaction’s legality, they expressed concerns I hadn’t previously considered – donative intent and appropriateness. 

They expressed concern that the donor wasn’t truly interested in supporting us so much as getting their limited partnership shares back at a deep discount. In essence, they felt it was inappropriate to facilitate a transaction that was so beneficial to the donor and might therefore reflect badly on our institution.   

Being new to my role and eager to make my annual goal, I hadn’t considered the appropriateness.  It was certainly legal, but I couldn’t see the risk.  I learned that while it may be painful to say “no,” there is nothing more valuable than a non-profit’s reputation. It had to be guarded carefully and should never be risked for any gift no matter how large. 

Your organization’s reputation is linked to its integrity, and your donors see this as a measure of trustworthiness.  If that reputation as a good fiduciary and steward is lost, the price we pay to restore it may far exceed the value of the “legal, but inappropriate” gift. 

There are other examples, but I’d like to hear about your experiences.  Do you have a story you’d allow me to share (anonymously, if you wish) with your fellow members?  If so, please send it to me at and thanks for keeping ethics in fundraising in the forefront of our profession.