September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018
September 11th Educational Event

Don't miss out on meeting AFP International's President and CEO

Mike Geiger is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which comprises nearly 30,000 members around the world.  Having completed just eleven months as president of the organization, Mike will share a few thoughts with our GLAC chapter describing his aspirations for all of AFP.   Click here to read more about Mike Geiger.

Luncheon Speaker with Tom Iselin
Concierge Fundraising

5 winning tactics to raise more money by doing the unexpected


  1. A set of donor engagement tactics that increase retention rates and loyalty.
  2. Tips for making an indelible first impression on a donor in 60 seconds.
  3. Tactics on how to lift your personal brand to “donor concierge” status.
  4. Non-traditional tactics for thanking donors.

Professional Development Seminar presented by the AFP-GLAC Diversity
Diversity in Fundraising: Making the Commitment

Attendees will:

  1. Become informed about national and local demographic trends
  2. Recognize the implications for fundraising and serving our community and the need for change
  3. Understand why Diversity is an AFP core value and become familiar with AFP Diversity resources
  4. Identify actions you can take to promote Diversity within your own organization

Click here to register.  Registration closes at 5 p.m. September 7, 2018.

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Diversity Scholarship to AFP International Conference

AFP International is pleased to offer $1,500 scholarships

AFP’s diverse communities include: African-American/Black, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural, or another underrepresented community. 

The application process will open September 1 – October 31, 2018.  Deadline for application submission is October 31, 2018. Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2018.

2019 Diverse Communities Scholarship Application

This scholarship opportunity is open to members and nonmembers and we encourage you to distribute to the colleagues in your personal and professional networks.

Scholarship Opportunities

2019 Chamberlain Scholarship

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is again proud to announce the Chamberlain Scholarship program for the 2019 AFP International Fundraising Conference. The Foundation will offer every AFP Chapter in Accord for 2018 one Chamberlain Scholarship, which covers the recipient’s conference registration fee, minus a $10 processing fee, to the AFP International Fundraising Conference on Philanthropy to be held March 31 – April 2, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. The scholarship is available to individuals who have never attended an AFP International Conference, and chapters are encouraged to promote the Chamberlain Scholarship program locally.

More information about AFP ICON 2019 can be found here.

Apply online here.

AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference

There are scholarships available for our annual AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference. To apply, please complete and submit the scholarship application no later than September 28, 2018.  Click here to access the Scholarship Application form.  

Regional Philanthropy Conference

Registration now open for the Regional Philanthropy Conference

The conference promises to be a dynamic day featuring quality professional development courses, 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.

Topics include Face-to-Face Fundraising, Major Gifts, Ethics, Prospect Research, Successful Grant Writing, Planned Giving, Transformative Gifts, Leadership, Personal Brand, and More!

New this year, we have a morning keynote speaker - philanthropist Melanie Lundquist - to help participants Get Inspired for the day!

Share our flyer with your colleagues!

Click on the links to read about sessions & speakers.

To register click here.

To become a sponsor click here.

National Philanthropy Day Lunch

scholarship-300x245.jpg AFP, Greater Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce the 2018 National Philanthropy Day Honorees


Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Garen

Nominated by Partners in Care Foundation


Outstanding Nonprofit

Villa Esperanza



Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Wayne Herron

Nominated by Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Health Foundation

 Outstanding Foundation


Nominated by Cedars-Sinai
  Outstanding Young Philanthropist

Richard & Eric Dong

Nominated by Union Station Homeless Services

Click here to register for lunch only tickets and NPD Sponsorships.

Interested in purchasing an ad for the tribute book?  Click here.
Sponsorship Opportunities
becomeasponsor.png Now accepting sponsorships for the AFP-GLAC Conference and National Philanthropy Day

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:

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 Conference sponsorship benefits and to register, click here.

For NPD Lunch sponsorship benefits and to register, click here.

To purchase an ad in our Tribute Book, click here.

You can join AFP today!

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 Thank you!


Philanthropy Update

Philanthropy: Why Support Be the Cause and Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Each year, the funds raised through the Be the Cause Campaign of the AFP Foundation allows for our members to continue to benefit from their membership of AFP. The dollars raised directly provide enhancements to members such as the Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarship, Chapter Awards, and additional grants and seed funding for furthering education. This year, our goal is to raise $10,000, and we need your help! Make your gift or pledge today – thank you for supporting AFP!

Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all helpers!

Volunteering with AFP-GLAC is a great way to get more out of your membership by meeting other members and learning the ins and outs of the chapter. As we head into fall, there are numerous volunteer opportunities that you can participate in! See a brief list below of opportunities coming up:

  • Social Media Volunteer: The Communications Committee is seeking a social media volunteer to assist with the oversight and management of the chapter’s social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn).
  • Event Volunteers: In the next few months, we have numerous volunteer opportunities at our exciting chapter events. Events include our September Luncheon, October Roundtable and the Regional Philanthropy Conference/National Philanthropy Day in November. To learn more about volunteering at any of these events and what the roles entail, please contact Katie McDonald, VP of Philanthropy & Volunteers.

 For all volunteer inquiries, please contact Katie McDonald, VP of Philanthropy & Volunteers to get started!

Eye on Ethics


A Message from AFP-GLAC Ethics Chair, Melanie Elliott


Have you ever had an ethical dilemma in your fundraising efforts? If you answered yes, we’d like to hear from you!

GLAC’s Eye on Ethics is looking for stories on how members have dealt with an ethical situation or dilemma and how it was solved. Please send me an email ( with the following:

1) The ethical dilemma or situation;

2) How you solved it; and

3) If you would like us to mention your name/organization or wish to remain anonymous.

Your story may be featured in our monthly newsletter! We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Warmest regards,

Melanie Elliott