October 2019 Newsletter

Thank you to our Partners in Philanthropy who have committed this month!

For more information and to become an event partner click here.

Track Pack Partners

Individual Session Partner

Coffee Break  Partners
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Current Job Positions

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Welcome New Members
Michelle Aland, Fundraising and Partnerships Director, Teen Cancer America
Katya Askar, Manager of Institutional Giving, The Midnight Mission
Tracy Ayotte
Scott Brumer, Regional Mission Advancement, Director of Development, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Rachel Chung, Associate Director of Development, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Nicollette Daniel
Jennifer Dehaven, Coordinator of Operations, SCV Senior Center
Marla Eglash Abraham, Director, Western Region, USHMM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lily Fuentez, Events Coordinator, Teen Cancer America
Frances Hardy
Thalia Henderson, Senior Development Officer, Fostering Media Connections
Connie Hwang, Director of Development, Bob Hope USO
Lee Ann Kline, President & Founder, STEM Advantage
Lindsey Lansburgh
Peter McCormack, Head of School, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Lizette Mendoza, Operations and Development Supervisor
Diamond Moseley, Development Manager, Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles
Catherine Nadel, Director of Development, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Marco Antonio Navarro, Development & Marketing Associate, A Community of Friends
Tricia Ortega, Director of Development, St. Philip the Apostle School
Veda Ramsay, Regional Mission Advancement Development Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Brandon Reim, Director of Development, Hollywood Food Coalition
Pamela Rinehart, Divisional Director of Direct Marketing, The Salvation Army Western Territory
Candice Rosales
Kelly Salloum, Major Gifts Officer, Southern California Public Radio
Victor Sanchez, Donor and Community Relations Manager, Community Family Guidance Center
Heather Shuemaker, Chief Advancement Officer, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Kailee Stovall, Executive Assistant, MOCA
Stacy Swanson, Director of Development, Providence High School
Mark Thaler
Alex Vrabeck, Development Coordinator, Goodwill Southern California
Melissa Wolfish, Institutional Giving Manager, KCRW
*New Members July 1-September 30, 2019
AFP Anniversaries
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October Anniversaries
5 Years
Mark Billings

James Buckles, The Salvation Army
Bede Kellogg, Best Friends Animal Society
Lorenzo Lebrija, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Allie Livezey
Join AFP - Save $50
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In honor of National Philanthropy Day AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2019!

Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and include the coupon below with your payment.*

Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2019
*Coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member. Can also be redeemed online by using discount code NPD2019.

Questions, call the AFP Membership Department at (800) 666-3863.
AFP, 4300 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22203 / Fax: 703-684-1950

Membership $50 Discount Coupon
Conference Sessions
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This just in!  CFRE International Approves this conference for 8 CEs!


Session 1: 10:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

"Tips and Tricks for Juggling Annual Fundraising During a Capital Campaign" - Moderator: John Spokes / Panelists: Rebecca Bassin, Gioia Pastre, Noah Kaufman
"Leadership Pearls of Wisdom" - Randy Shulman
"Strategic Planning: A Distraction or a Foundation for Fundraising" - Leslie Robin
"A successful Campaign Begins Years Before The Campaign Actually Starts" - Kathy Kraas
"Recruitment, Engagement, and Acknowledgment: How-To Maximize Your Peer-To-Peer Campaign Strategy" - Lisa Ng & Paul St. Onge

Session 2: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

"Creating a High Performance Environment for Major Gifts 2.0" - Cassie Carter, Ph.D. & Dan Nevez
"Engaged, Committed, and Involved...Creating a Culture of Philanthropy with Your Board" - Charlene Dimas Peinado & Yulanda Davis-Quarrie, CFRE
"Leadership Success" - Dyan Sublett
"Running a Small Development Shop" - Genevieve Riutort 
"Amplify Direct Mail with Social Media and Email" - Chris Roelke

Session 3: 2:10 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
"Driving Change for a Better Fundraising" - Michael J. Baker, CFRE

"Reconnecting with your Personal "WHY" to be a more effective fundraiser" - Amber Ginsberg, CFRE
"Tips for Exceptional Events" - Candie Davidson-Goldbronn
"Accelerist Presentation" - Brittany Hill

Session 4: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
"Create a Community of Powerful Ambassadors" - John Bwarie

"Gender Equality from the Workforce to Philanthropy" - Michael J. Baker, CFRE
"Navigating the Grant Process" - Erasmo "Tony" Cortez Jr., CFRE & Ed Ammond
"Major Donors to Planned Giving" - Kimberly Valentine
"Generating Mid and Major Level Donor Prospects with Social Media - Chris Roelke

Committee on Directorship

Election Results Final:  AFP-GLAC Officers and Directors for 2020

Please join us in thanking and congratulating the chapter leaders who have been confirmed to serve as officers and board members of AFP-GLAC for 2020.  They will be formally introduced at the December 10 Chapter Luncheon.

We are grateful  to every member of the chapter who contributed by identifying, nominating and electing the AFP-GLAC board of directors.  The Committee on Directorship received many outstanding nominations and were able to seat a strong combination of new and returning board members for the year ahead.   Thank you all!

AFP-GLAC Executive Committee 2020

President:      Mauria McPoland 
President-Elect:  Elizabeth Birlet 
Immediate Past President:     Yuri Casco 
Secretary:     Lupita Garza 
Treasurer:     Barbara Bushnell 
VP Communications:     Cynthia Nickell 
VP Education Yvette Herrera 
VP Membership Melanie Elliott 
VP Philanthropy/Volunteers Jennifer Berger  

Additional Board Members:          

Lisa Baxter - Chair, IDEA (Diversity) Committee
Yuri Casco -  Chair National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon (NPDCAL)
Mike Driebe -  Chair, Ethics 
Jennifer Ellspermann -  Chair, Partners in Philanthropy (Sponsorships)
Kristina Lamas -  Chair, Membership Engagement 
Terry Monteleone -  Chair, Gov't Relations & AFPI Liaison
Felice Myers -  Chair, Scholarships
Patricia Ostiller -  Chair, Young Professionals
Felicity Palmer -  Chair, Marketing, PR Social Media
Andrea Salazar -   Chair, Roundtables     
Julia Scheibmeir -  Chair, Advanced Exec Forums

Where would YOU like to be involved next year? 
Our committees would love to include you.  Please reach out to Current VP of Philanthropy and Volunteers, Katie McDonald at Katie.mcdonald@bbbsla.org  to volunteer for one or more of our program and event committees.  You will make new connections and prepare yourself for possible board membership in the future.  Have fun, and make a difference.  Thank you!

Cynthia Nickell, Chair  

Yuri Casco, Mauria McPoland,  Patricia Ostiller & Michael Driebe
AFP-GLAC Committee on Directorship  


Ethics Breakfast

Ethics: The Ground We Stand On Recap

October 1st marked the beginning of AFP Global’s Ethics Awareness Month.  It was also the date our GLAC Chapter held its first ever Ethics Breakfast for members in honor of the occasion. We had a wonderful morning filled with insights, information and engaging conversation on the importance of ethics in fundraising.

Thank you to our moderator and panelist Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., and panelists Gina Johnson, M.P.A., CFRE and John Sonego! We are so thankful for your time, knowledge and experience. Thank you to all the GLAC members who attended the breakfast! We are so glad you came. A special thank you to Yulanda Davis-Quarrie, CFRE, MS for her support in making this day a reality.

During this month, be on the lookout for emails from AFP Global in celebration of Ethics Awareness Month. Below you will see some information on upcoming events. You can also click on the link to learn more: https://afpglobal.org/ethicsmain/ethics-awareness-month.

Thank you again for all who participated in our chapter’s Ethics Breakfast, Ethics: The Ground We Stand On.

Warmest regards,

Melanie Elliott

AFP-GLAC Board Member, Ethics Chair

If you have an ethical dilemma/story to tell, we’d love to hear about it. Please email Melanie Elliott, AFP-GLAC’s Board Member and Ethics Chair at melhelliott@gmail.com. Please include your story, how it was solved and whether we have permission to use your name. Thank you!

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Become a Partner in Philanthropy!

Looking for a year-round marketing opportunity for your company? Learn how your organization can benefit as an AFP GLAC Partner in Philanthropy!

The purpose of the AFP GLAC’s Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) program is to provide companies, foundations and individuals the opportunity to invest in a year-round marketing strategy while enhancing the level of expertise of fundraising professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition, sponsorships help to underwrite scholarships for professionals who cannot afford to attend development seminars and conferences. Event sponsorship opportunities include Professional Development Seminars & Luncheons, Advanced Executive Forums, Young Professional events, Local Area Round Tables and the annual National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon.

For more information about sponsorship levels and benefits, visit the Partners in Philanthropy page.

Questions? Contact PIP Committee Chair, Jennifer Ellspermann, via email at jellspermann@komenlacounty.org.

Educational Opportunities Available In Our Region


Don't miss these great events!

Click on the links below for more information.

  • The Southern California Association for Healthcare Development is pleased to announce their next educational event with Donna Daly - "Breaking Down Silos: A case study on the benefits of an integrated direct response approach" on October 18, 2019 at Cedars-SinaiNow more than ever, healthcare nonprofit organizations need to focus on building and cultivating relationships with individual donors, while maintaining a diversified fundraising approach. Building a cross-platform fundraising strategy utilizing a variety of channels including mail, email, digital media advertising, online advocacy and more will yield the highest response in both revenue and engagement. Click here to register.

  • Join the Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in honoring recipients of the National Philanthropy Day Award. National Philanthropy Day is a nationwide celebration set aside to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that are inspiring change through their significant impact in our local communities. Learn more