December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018
A Message from AFP-GLAC President, Cynthia Nickell

Dear AFP-GLAC Colleagues,

Thank you for giving our chapter a great year! 

The year was successful because of YOU-- all of the generous professionals who volunteered your time to make the events and activities great.  Many leaders filled more than one role, but I will mention each name only once, to save space.

AFP-GLAC Board of Directors:  Yuri Casco, Mike Driebe, Wayne Herron, Jody Short, Liz Birlet, Mauria McPoland, John Fasano, Patricia Ostiller, Katie McDonald, Stacy Capoot, Lela Diaz, Melanie Elliott, Lupita Garza, Terry Monteleone, Felicity Palmer, Heather Tunis, Jeanne Warlick and Dan Witzling. 

Regional Philanthropy Conference Committee, Julia Scheibmeir, Chair, Hannah Berger, Barbara Bushnell, Cassie Carter, Jennifer D’Alvarez, Jennifer Ellspermann, Eileen Harris, Robin Harvill, Susan Hubbard, Punita Khanna, Tiffany Leung, Cynthia Mikimoto, Adrianne Phillips, Courtney Rheuban and Andrea Salazar, plus board members already mentioned above. 

Committee Members: 
 Paige Berry, Marlene Casillas, Camille Guerrero, Kristina Lamas, Dan Maljanian, JD, MBA, Paul St. Onge

Diversity:   Lisa Baxter, Yvette Herrera, Daniella Lara, Cris Lutz

RPC/NPD Event:    Susan Addleman, Samuel Alleyne,  Zan Aufderheide, Shana Baiz, Genevieve Riutort, Andrew Ur, Shade Mokuolu, Mike Radice, Rachel Friddle

Young Professionals:  Kenneth Jones, Andrew Ur
Roundtable hosts:  Genevieve Riutort, Melissa Froehlich

Administrators:  Debbie Even and Heather Even

And I know there were even more:   those who welcomed guests at the reception table, extended a welcome to a visitor or worked behind the scenes.  You too made a difference in the success of the chapter.  Thank you so much!

I am excited about the year ahead, under the leadership of Yuri Casco and her board of directors.  Together with your participation, we will continue to make AFP-GLAC the leading community of fundraisers who support the sustainability of all types of nonprofit organizations in our region.    

Please join us at the end-of-year holiday luncheon Tuesday, December 11, and I’ll see you all next year.

Cynthia Nickell, CFRE, MBA
AFP-GLAC Chapter President


Back row, left to right: Cynthia Nickel, Melanie Elliott, Elizabeth Birlet, Yuri Casco, Patricia Ostiller

Front row, left to right: Dan Witzling, Lela Diaz, Amanda Green, Mauria McPoland, Mike Driebe, Wayne Herron, Kristine Frey, Stacey Capoot, Jeanne Warlick

Not Included: Felicity Palmer, Jody Short, Katie McDonald, Lupita Garza, Terry Monteleone, Heather Tunis, John Fasano


Photos of Conference
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National Philanthropy Day and Regional Philanthropy Conference Chair, Julia Scheibmeir welcomes attendees.
Keynote Speaker, Melanie Lundquist, inspires conference attendees during the opening session.
For more photos from the day click here.
Credit to Joan Fuller Photography
Recap of Conference

Regional Philanthropy Conference and National Philanthropy Day

Many thanks to everyone who attended our Regional Philanthropy Conference and National Philanthropy Awards Day Event! Congratulations to our Award Winners and a BIG Thank You to our Chapter Event Committee, our Sponsors and our Speakers! ALL OF YOU helped to make this a great event and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Please go to the following link to see the fantastic photos from the event, courtesy of Joan Fuller Photography!

Click here for the CFRE CE Tracker.

December 11 Holiday Luncheon

Join us December 11 for the annual AFP-GLAC Holiday Luncehon

Networking Hour
Join in a festive holiday networking hour before our special inspirational luncheon.  Catch up with friends and colleagues as we draw a close to 2018. Also, one lucky attendee will have the chance to walk away with a one night stay in a deluxe guest room at the JW Marriott Los Angeles!

Inspirational Luncheon
Amy Fogerson and Brian Palmer will share the unique story of Street Symphony and the Urban Voices Project – a story of how professional musicians engage members of the homeless community in life-changing, collaborative musical experiences.

Registration closes December 7th.  Save your seat today!  Click here to register.

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Local Area Roundtables
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Professional Development Seminar and Luncheon - Cathedral Center
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Young Professionals Event - Location TBA
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Advanced Forum - Location TBA
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Professional Development Seminar and Luncheon - Cathedral Center
Thursday, June 11, 2019 - Young Professionals Event - Location TBA
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 8, 2019 - Local Area Roundtables
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Regional Philanthropy Conference & National Philanthropy Day
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Holiday Mixer & Luncheon - Location TBA

You can join AFP today!

Benefits to joining AFP

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

Direct Your Year-End Giving to support our AFP GLAC chapter!

Your support to the AFP GLAC Chapter Fund has a direct impact on you as a member and all of the chapter’s members. Funds raised in the chapter fund provide scholarship opportunities specifically to AFP GLAC members for events such as the AFP-GLAC Regional Conference, the AFP International Conference, AFP-GLAC development seminars, and more. Investing in the Chapter Fund is just another way to invest in your own professional development!

To support the chapter today, click here. Every gift counts!


Katie McDonald, MNLM

Eye on Ethics


A Message from Ethics Chair, Melanie Elliott

A big Thank You to all who participated in AFP-GLAC’s Ethics Education this past year, whether by attending one of our Eye On Ethics programs, submitting an ethical dilemma, or reading one of our “Conversations With…” articles online. Ethics is an important part of fundraising and we are grateful for your interest.

We are excited about continuing Eye on Ethics and Conversations Withseries in 2019. Stay tuned!

As always, if you have an ethical dilemma you’d like to share, please send us an email with the dilemma and how you solved it, along with whether we can mention your name, and your dilemma may be used for one of our programs! Please send your story to Melanie Elliott, Ethics Chair at

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! 

Warmest regards, 

Melanie Elliott

AFP-GLAC Ethics Chair

Website Updates


AFP International Has Launched A New Website

You may have seen an announcement in our October Newsletter that AFP International launched a new website on Monday, November 5. The new website address is See  our upcoming newsletters for more details!

Giving Tuesday Report


“Our Thriving Generation of Generosity:  #Giving Tuesday Tops $380M in 2018”
Click the link below to read the entire article via

CFRE Exam Prep


Registration open - CFRE Application process: Step-by-step webinar

Feeling frazzled about the CFRE Application? Relax! Check out CFRE International’s free webinar that will walk you through completing it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6 p.m. GMT/1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
60 minutes

Register at

CFRE Certification Director Lesley Phillips will share tips to help make your application a success.

Whether you just started your application or are nearly ready to submit, you'll come away with useful information.

Topics covered

  • Who is CFRE?
  • Certification process
  • Overview of the application
  • How to fill out the application
  • Handy application do's and dont's
  • General application advice
  • Certification timeline
  • CFRE examination
  • How do I study?
  • Online resources
  • Timeline after the exam
  • Recertification
  • Live Q&A to answer your questions