June 2018 Newsletter

June 2018
Regional Philanthropy Conference

Speaker Slots Rapidly Filling for November 7 Regional Philanthropy Conference

Join us for a day of professional development and networking at the  AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference on November 7th.

Several exciting speakers already lined up include:  Bill Strickland of California Community Foundation; Yulanda Davis-Quarrie of DavisQuarrie Consulting and AFP International Finance & Ethics Committee; Tom Iselin, “The Fundraising Coach;” LaQuetta Shamblee of The Grantbuilder; Janet Levine of Janet Levine Consulting, and more!

Would you like to suggest an outstanding speaker for our conference?  Do you have a presentation you would like to share? 

Please forward your recommendations to Julia Scheibmeir, Chair at Julia.Scheibmeir@usc.edu.  Submittal Deadline July 1, 2018. 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES as well – contact Elizabeth Birlet at elizabeth.birlet@cshs.org. 

2018 Chamberlain Scholar


A report from International Conference

In late August/early September, we will begin to accept applications for our Chamberlain Scholarship, which allows a Chapter Member to attend the next Annual AFP International Conference, which will be held March 30 - April 2, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. To give you an idea of the benefit of attending the conference as a Chamberlain Scholar, here is a note from this year’s winner, Haley Jain Haggerstone of the 5 Gyres Institute:

I’ve been a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for the past three years and I’ve always wanted to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference, but never had the means to do so. This year, I was honored to receive a Chamberlain Scholarship from the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter, which allowed me to attend the conference in New Orleans – a city I’ve always dreamed of visiting.

The conference was amazing, but also overwhelming as there were so many great sessions and networking opportunities to choose from. I left every session with notes and three particular sessions with actionable items that I plan on implementing. I even spent the plane ride home going over my notes and developing action plans with timelines, which I shared with my boss upon my return.

Thank you to AFP for putting on an incredible conference in New Orleans and to the Greater Los Angeles Chapter for giving me the opportunity to experience my first (and hopefully not my last) International Fundraising Conference.
Free AFP Webinar

From Hollywood to the Board Room: Sexual Harassment for Nonprofits

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Sexual harassment is making headlines. While sexual harassment typically involves employees, actions by donors and volunteers, including officers, directors, and committee members, also may cause problems. Nonprofit meetings, conferences and events may create situations for unwelcome behavior. Training volunteers about association policies to prevent sexual harassment is critical.
In this session, Jennifer S. Jackman, Partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, will offer practical advice and provide an overview on laws, discuss sexual harassment and your volunteers and donors, the impact of claims on your nonprofit, and your duty to prevent these claims.

Membership Update

$50 Professional & Associate NEW MEMBER Discount!

In honor of AFP’s 58th anniversary, AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories by June 30, 2018.

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

Support AFP GLAC with a gift to our Chapter Fund!

Investing in AFP is another way to invest in your professional development. Consider making a donation to the our APF GLAC Chapter Fund. These funds directly support scholarships for our members! Your gift will ensure our chapter can provide meaningful programming to all of our members!

Eye on Ethics

The Mystery Box

As part of AFP-GLAC’s Eye on Ethics, we present ethical dilemmas from our members and share the solution. Here is a scenario that presented a serious, ethical issue:

“I was working for what I thought was a well-respected nonprofit as their Director of Development. I was trained to tell all individual and foundation donors and prospective donors about our proudest achievement, which was a multi-million dollar, multi-year grant we had won from the Department of Labor. It was an extremely competitive grant, and I believe my organization was either the only recipient or one of a very small number of recipients across the nation.

I sang the praises of our achievements with this amazing grant until one day, when I unexpectedly came upon a box of old dusty files in our director's office. At first, I was excited because I could see the box held our original grant request and all the correspondence between us and Department of Labor about the grant. I had always wanted to learn more about this grant.”

“What I learned for the first time as I read through the files was that the heart of the funded project included plans to open a large thrift shop that would be staffed by domestic violence victims and homeless and runaway youth who needed to learn work skills. Not only had this never come to fruition, but I later learned from co-workers that the organization accepted thrift store donations for years, rented a huge storage space to keep the items, and eventually began dumping the donations meant for its store at unrelated stores such as the local Goodwill in the dead of night.

The organization did let the Department of Labor know they didn't open a thrift store, but they saw no problem with publicizing far and wide their achievement in winning the grant. We were all trained to talk about a small side project the grant also covered that was completed. Meanwhile, the core of the initial proposal was never mentioned to anyone. I was shocked, had further ethical and other issues with them, and did not stay at the organization very long.”

If you have an ethical dilemma/solution you’d like to share, please contact Melanie Elliott, Ethics Chair, AFP-GLAC at melhelliott@gmail.com. Thank you.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Partner with AFP-GLAC

Interested in sponsorship opportunities with AFP-GLAC? Click here to view our brochure.  Please direct all inquiries to Sponsorship Chair, Elizabeth Birlet.

Chapter Website


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

Starting this week, you will have the opportunity to view 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

Giving USA Report


Webinar: Giving USA National: The Latest Trends in Giving

June 12, 2018 | 12 ­- 1PM CT | Free! 

On June 12th, Giving USA will release its annual report on philanthropy, publishing in-depth research on the who, what, and where of giving in 2017. Our national webinar will pinpoint the biggest headlines, explore their implications, and forecast future trends.

Click here to register.