July 2018 Newsletter

Dear AFP-GLAC Colleagues,

The first time Melanie Lundquist herself raised funds was in 1956, when she went door to door for the March of Dimes. While she found philanthropy intriguing, Lundquist never thought she would be able to be a philanthropist herself. As she matured, however, she took her parents’ repeated advice to heart: “When you leave this world, it had better be a better world for your having been here.”

Today Melanie and her husband Richard are definitely making the world better, most notably for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and Torrance Memorial Medical Center, but also for several other organizations where they feel their philanthropy can make a real difference. 

We are thrilled to welcome Melanie as our opening keynote speaker November 7 at the AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference, “Inspiring Philanthropy.”  You won’t want to miss it.

And let me extend my gratitude to all of you as well:  you, too, are making this a better world, because of your work, inspiring philanthropy.   On behalf of the entire community, thank you!

With appreciation,

Cynthia Nickell, AFP-GLAC President 2018
July 2018
Young Professionals Event

Join the AFP-GLAC Young Professionals at their next event on July 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Do you want to be a special events superstar? A major gifts master? The greatest grant writer? The world of fundraising offers unlimited opportunities to specialize your skills or do a little bit of everything, but choosing a career path can seem daunting.


Join AFP GLAC Young Professionals to mix and mingle with experienced philanthropy professionals who are excited to share insights about their chosen fundraising career paths! Ask questions about work-life balance, education requirements, job titles, intra-departmental collaboration and more. Round-table hosts will represent a diverse range of fundraising specializations and organizations.


Light refreshments will be served.


Complimentary parking on-site.


This event cannot accommodate on-site or same-day registration.  Space is limited to 45 participants.

Click here for more details and to register.

Advanced Executive Forum


Major Gifts:  Blueprint for Success –  Reviewing real examples of  elements and strategies for successful major gift efforts at several nonprofit organizations.


Gwendolyn Driscoll, Senior Director of Brand Communications, MLK Community Health Foundation

Edward T. Lin, JD, CFRE, Major Gifts Officer, Natural History Family of Museums of Los Angeles County

Elizabeth G. Nesbitt, CFRE, Major Gifts Officer, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Constance S. Maguire, MA, MGMT, CFRE, Senior VP, Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.


Terry L. Monteleone, CFRE, CSPG, Principal, TLM Consulting

September 11 10:30 am: Professional Development Seminar on Diversity

Before we walk the walk, let’s talk the talk.  Join us for an authentic conversation about diversity.


AFP defines diversity as a core value.

It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity; religion, nationality, age, economic class, educational level, language, mobility and ability, geography, and marital and parental status.  The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences and perspectives in all-encompassing terms. AFP is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse organization that reflects, is responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve, respecting and valuing all people. 


It isn’t easy to tackle diversity in all its complexity. Nevertheless, let’s get started.  Join the conversation at the Professional Development Seminar on September 11, 2018, from 10:30am to 11:45am.

September 11, 2018 Program
Iselin_1.jpg September 11, 2018 Lunch

Following our morning professional development session focused on diversity, you won’t want to miss motivational speaker and author Tom Iselin as our luncheon keynote. Tom has penned the fundraising books Cloudburst and First Things First! If you attended Tom’s standing room only session at last year’s RPC, then you won’t want to miss this performance. Additional details are forthcoming!


Chapter Scholarship Applications

We are happy to announce that chapter scholarship applications can now be completed and submitted online.  Please take advantage of your membership opportunities by applying for our September 11th Development Seminar/Luncheon.  Click here for our website link. Applications are due 8/13/18

Applicants Notified of Award 8/27/18 or before

Early Bird Registration Ends 8/31/18

Regular Registration Ends 9/7/18

For more information:  Contact Jeanne Warlick, Scholarship Chair, at JWarlick@materdolorosa.org

Sponsorship Opportunities
becomeasponsor.png Now accepting sponsorships for the Regional Philanthropy Conference

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-GLAC) is pleased to invite you to exhibit at our Regional Philanthropy Conference at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in conjunction with the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

The conference promises to be a dynamic day featuring quality professional development courses, YOU, our valued exhibitors and plenty of opportunities to network with an experienced and diverse group of fundraising professionals.

We are expecting over 300 fundraising professionals representing over 200 different nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, human services, education, religion, the arts, civic organizations and affiliated consulting firms from the Greater Los Angeles area.

There will be specific times of the day for attendees to view your exhibits without conflicts. In addition, we have several sponsor levels that provide you with more opportunities to get your name in front of our conference guests.

To learn more about our Partners in Philanthropy sponsorship program please click here or
contact, Liz Birlet, PIP Chair, via email: Elizabeth.Birlet@cshs.org

Many companies generate new business and become reacquainted with past customers through this conference.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to attract new customers and tell the nonprofit community about your organization. Thank you for your consideration and support. We look forward to having you with us on November 7, 2018!

For sponsorship benefits and to register, click here.

National Philanthropy Day Award Nominations

Taking Nominations!

AFP-GLAC National Philanthropy Day Awards 2018

Remember to tell us who, what, when, where and – most importantly – why your nomination deserves to be a winner. Individuals/organizations are eligible for nomination in more than one category. Go online here for more information and submit your nomination by July 24, 2018.

Click here to view our list of past honorees.

Categories for NPD Awards 2018:

  • “Outstanding Young Philanthropist

    An individual under 40 who has made significant philanthropic contributions toward a nonprofit organization.

  • “Outstanding Public or Private Foundation”

    A corporate or family foundation making a significant impact through advocacy and philanthropy.

  • “Lifetime Achievement

    An individual or couple who have made a difference through a lifetime of service and philanthropy.

  • “Outstanding Nonprofit Organization”

    A non-profit that has done an exemplary job at advancing its mission.

  • “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser”

A gift officer or grant writer who is doing a phenomenal job in raising funds for their charitable organization.

Please direct any questions to Chair, Julia Scheibmeir via email at Julia.Scheibmeir@usc.edu.

2019 AFP-GLAC Board Nominations

Take your AFP-GLAC Membership to the next level!

On behalf of the AFP-GLAC Committee on Directorship, we are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2019 AFP-GLAC Chapter Board of Directors. Serving on the board is a special opportunity to work with committed colleagues and to play key roles in advancing our chapter’s strategies for leadership and impact in the philanthropic landscape of Los Angeles. You are invited to nominate candidates for the board, including yourself!

In each annual nomination cycle, the Committee on Directorship seeks to balance the skills and experiences of new directors with those of continuing board members. For more information, please click the links below. 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.

GLAC Duties and Responsibilities 2019 Final

2019 Board of Directors Application

Please send CV or resume to office@afpglac.org.

Application deadline: July 27, 2018

Membership Update

Benefits of AFP Membership

As a professional fundraiser, we invite you to join like-minded individuals who are dedicated to their profession and interested in enhancing their fundraising skills for their organizations. By becoming part of the world’s largest community of charitable fundraisers, you will receive many benefits that will help you in your career, including:

  • Resource and Practice Tools: access to AFP website resources, toolkits, hot topics on fundraising issues, etc
  • Professional Development: free webinars, job postings online, Ready Reference Series, Advancing Philanthropy Magazine, ethics resources
  • Member Discounts: international fundraising conference, CFRE refresher course, books in the AFP bookstore, and more
  • Available Chapter Benefits: networking, discounts on chapter luncheons and conferences, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, mentor program, membership installment payment plan

Any questions? Please contact AFP-GLAC membership committee member Dan Maljanian at dmaljanian@pasadenacf.org. Thank you!


Philanthropy Update

AFP International Foundation Support

Thank you to our AFP-GLAC members who have donated to this year’s Be The Cause campaign!  Your support to the Be The Cause Campaign has such a great impact on our chapter as well as AFP as a whole. Click here to see the list of this year’s donors! 

Why should you support the Be the Cause Campaign?

Your supports helps to fund:

  • Scholarship opportunities for members such as the Chamberlain Scholarship
  • Grants for AFP strategic initiatives such as building diversity programs and best practices for ethical fundraising
  • AFP education programs that continue the betterment of the fundraising sector such as the Faculty Training Academy
  • Research studies and reports to enhance the practice of fundraising
Help us reach our $10,000 goal! To make your gift or pledge, click here: Be the Cause 2018 PledgeThank you for your generosity!
Eye on Ethics

Eye on Ethics July edition

A Conversation with Rebecca Powellin continuing AFP-GLAC’s Eye on Ethics program, periodically we’ll post conversations about ethics with various fundraising professionals. July’s chat is between Melanie Elliott, Ethics Chair and Rebecca Powell, Director Board Governance & Ethics from AFP’s International Headquarters.

ME: Hi Rebecca. Thank you for speaking with me today. There are a few questions I’d like to ask you regarding AFP and ethics. How long have you been the Director Board Governance & Ethics?

RK: I have been with AFP International Headquarters for 20 years and started as a Senior Director working for the President’s office.

ME: What peaked your interest?

RK: Previously, I worked at the Epilepsy Foundation and worked with their Board Governance and serving boards. In nonprofits, there is a lot of passion from board members. AFP has an enforceable Ethics Code and it is very interesting working with the membership to help them understand the 25 standards and why they want to abide by the Code.

ME: Can you tell me a little bit about your work and what you do as the Director?

RK: I am the staff liaison for the AFP Association and US Foundation boards of directors. I am also the staff liaison for the International ethics program and committee. All ethics inquiries come to me initially and are responded to by myself or Jason Lee, JD, AFP General Counsel. If there is a more complicated question regarding fundraising ethics, we will funnel the question through the Ethics Committee and get their thoughts.

ME: What does the Ethics Committee do?

RK: The Ethics Committee reports to the AFP board chair. The Committee promotes responsible and ethical behavior by its members and those holding AFP certification.  The Committee designs a work plan every year and discusses cases and holds ethical hearings when needed. The Committee meets three times a year by phone. When meeting, they discuss how best to educate members about the Code and standards, how to handle ethical issues within the profession, and they write professional papers to inform the members. Currently, the Committee is working on a paper regarding donor advised funds. They are also working on international service outreach to non-members and CEOs so that they are aware of AFPs’ Code of Ethics.

ME: You mentioned the Committee hears complaints. On average, how many complaints are filed each year?

RK: On average, there are three complaints a year.

ME: How does the process work?

RK: Upon receipt of a complaint, there is an initial investigation to determine if the complaint contains sufficient and reliable information and is not patently frivolous or inconsequential so as to warrant initiation of steps to determine factual sufficiency for a hearing.  Then the case is discussed with the Ethics Committee who decides if the case should go to a hearing.  A hearing panel is assigned to review the case which is then followed by a hearing in front of the panel with members. At the hearing there is a hearing officer and Judge Advocate pro tempore and two hearing panelists. The enforcement process can sometimes take 1 to 2 years to close due to needing to work with all parties involved to collect all the information. Some hearings are held by phone and some face-to-face and legal counsel may attend the hearings.

ME: What are the penalties if an individual is found to be in violation?

RK: There are four possible sanctions: 1) Reprimand – a reprimand is formal rebuke by the Committee in writing addressed to the member.  2) Censure – censure is a more serious rebuke in writing, and carries a prohibition on holding any Association or chapter office, and sponsoring, exhibiting, advertising or otherwise participating in any AFP sanctioned activity at any level within the Association for one year. 

3)  Suspension – suspension excludes an individual or entity from membership in AFP for a stated period of time and/or under stated conditions and includes a prohibition on holding any Association or chapter office, and sponsoring, exhibiting, advertising, purchasing a mailing list, receiving AFP awards, or otherwise participating in any AFP sanctioned activity at any level within the Association, which includes forfeiting any payments made related to any AFP sanctioned activity, for the stated period.  4) Revocation of membership - revocation bars an individual or entity from membership in AFP, is permanent and includes a permanent prohibition on sponsoring, exhibiting, advertising or otherwise participating in any AFP sanctioned activity at any level within the Association.  Revocation of membership automatically includes a recommendation to revoke certification or endorsement sponsored by AFP, if applicable.

ME: It must be a pretty serious violation for the membership to be revoked and lose certification.

RK: We list the expulsions on our website.

ME: What are the most common violations?

RK: There are two: 1) Misuse of donor funds and bequests where money is left to individuals at an organization who cultivated the relationship with the donor and end up in the donor’s will, and 2) misrepresenting themselves as a CFRE or ACFRE.

ME: I didn’t know that can happen.

RK: It does. As fundraisers, we can’t accept a bequest from a donor you have befriended through your job or use a credential they haven’t earned.

ME: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. I have one last question for you, Why is ethics not a “hot” topic?

RK: Everyone wants to be ethical or think they’re ethical, but no one really wants to hear about it. It’s like being an airline flight attendant and giving the safety speech before the flight takes off. We all need to know flight safety, but no one really listens to the attendant while they’re talking.

FYI, there will be a free ethics webinar on September 18 again this year. As part of the AFP Ten Star Gold Award, the chapters are required to hold an ethics workshop or have some kind of programming on ethics education. All chapters and members are invited to join in and this will meet the criteria for a workshop.

ME: Thank you again, Rebecca.

RK: Thank you!

For more information on AFP’s ethics, please check out their website by clicking here.

Chapter Website


We are pleased to announce the launch of our New Chapter Website!

This new website had been developed to allow you continue to access important information about our Chapter, and to (1) communicate with your fellow chapter members in an online forum, and (2) access our new chapter fundraising knowledge base.

A summary of our new website is as follows:

Easier Access to Current Features
  • Job Postings
  • Chapter Events
  • Chapter Announcements
New Features
  • A chapter member directory which allows you to manage your profile and connect with other chapter members through private messaging.
  • Opportunities for our sponsors and service providers to advertise on content pages.
Coming Soon!
  • A secure, searchable, private and moderated online community platform for you and your fellow chapter members.
  • Discussion groups based on member type or activity, with real time or daily digest subscription options.
  • A searchable resource library allowing us to build a private knowledge base of best practices, with sample documents, spreadsheets, meeting minutes, pictures, videos, podcasts and more.

We will keep you posted on further additions to the website, and welcome your suggestions!


John Fasano

V.P. Communications

AFP – Greater Los Angeles Chapter