October 2020 Newsletter

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Mauria McPoland

President’s Message

October is Ethics Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of ethics and trust in fundraising and philanthropy. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) leads the world in advancing ethical fundraising. Hear what AFP CEO Mike Geiger has to say: https://vimeo.com/463178077

Our chapter kicked off Ethics Awareness on October 1 with a webinar entitled Perspectives on Ethics for Fund Raisers.  If you missed it, you will be able to purchase through our chapter Library. What else is in store? See Ethics message below in the news -- participate in our ethics dilemma contest and win a chance for an NPD Conference/Awards ticket. And then on October 22, Global will provide a FREE webinar for all members. Explore the wide variety of programs, articles, videos and other resources for fundraisers and charities to ensure they abide by the highest ethical standards in the profession.  Also, remember our Code of Ethical Standards: https://afpglobal.org/ethicsmain/code-ethical-standards

Nonprofit donors count on us! Thank you for your commitment to excellence as stewards of the public trust and their valuable, charitable contributions-- putting ethics first in our work each day.

 A reminder that we are only 32 days until November 13 – our National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards. Early Bird rates have been extended to October 13. It’s going to be a spectacular virtual experience that you won’t want to miss! Take a moment to read NPD in a Nutshell.

Mark your calendars now for our end-of-year Holiday Event and Chapter Meeting: Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 AM. We’ll close out the 2020 year by celebrating our successes during the new normal, introducing the 2021 board of directors, congratulating our Chapter Fund & Be The Cause Donors and hearing from a very inspirational speaker.

I hope that everyone continues to stay safe, healthy and happy!

With appreciation,

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC

Virtual Exhibitor Showcase at National Philanthropy Day!


Want to meet our National Philanthropy Day Conference attendees?

Host a Virtual Exhibitor Booth at National Philanthropy Day!

Create an interactive Zoom Room where attendees can speak directly with you about your organization’s services. We are encouraging fun, creative ways to engage with participants such as raffles and special guest speakers. The ExpoPass platform enables exhibitors to provide up to 3 action links such as viewing videos, scheduling future meetings or signing up for your mailing list.

Click Here to visit the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Program virtual exhibitor webpage for more information.


Hurry!  Sponsorship and tribute ad deadline is 10/30!

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

Ethics Update

Participate in Ethics Awareness!

If you could not join us for the kickoff of Ethics Awareness Month by attending the webinar Perspectives on Ethics for Fund Raisers on October 1, we have more activities in store.

When you send us a description of your most frustrating ethics dilemma (and what you did to resolve and lesson learned), you will be entered to win a ticket to our National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards on November 13 ( $69 value.) Of course, keep names and organizations anonymous.

Email your scenario to Mike Driebe, Ethics Chair, by October 19 at michael.driebe@methodisthospital.org

In the meantime, enjoy Ethics communication from AFP Globalhttps://afpglobal.org/ethicsmonth And remember to attend Global’s free webinar on October 22.


Perspectives in Ethics for Fundraisers – Panelists Emphasize It’s All About Trust

We had a wonderful Ethics Event on October 1st with three panelists who came to us with unique perspectives from journalism, academia, experience as both a consultant and frontline fund raiser, and finally as a member of the World Bank charged with ethics enforcement among the bank’s staff.

Nichola Dyer from the World Bank spoke about the importance of managing risk by equipping staff with rules that are practical in their approach, and grounded in reality.  She noted that some of the ethical issues she dealt with were formed in cultural norms that created blind spots, such as the practice to help family members, or where anti-LGBTQ sentiments were written into the country’s law, or where power was not questioned and it tremendous courage was needed to call out bad behavior by superiors.

When asked what advice she could offer fund development professionals who might be faced with an ethical dilemma Nichola suggested focusing on trust and transparency and on what your ethical role model would do in a similar situation.  She also asked us to consider what a critic might say and to “trust your gut.”  Finally, she urged the audience to document, document, document and to walk out noisily if necessary, remembering that we are not alone in our efforts to be ethical professionals.

Stacy Palmer from Chronicle of Philanthropy spoke to the issue of sexual harassment, noting that one in four women in our profession have encountered it.  She has spoken to many senior women who felt strongly that it was important to call sexual harassment out, particularly because they themselves did not do so early on in their careers.  Stacy found instances of racial injustice were more common than thought in our profession and urged the audience to discuss the issue as part of our regular practice with our staff and peers.

Overall, she felt trust in nonprofit organizations was on the rise, especially as our industry is seen as a “helper” during the current economic downturn and pandemic.  She expressed that we don’t talk enough about the process of fund raising.  It is a mystery to our donors and even our boards.  Nor do we make enough of an effort to talk about when and why we would “un-name” a building or take down a statue.  We were encouraged to have policies in place that form the foundation for frank discussions with our donors so they are aware of our stance in cases where misbehavior puts the institution’s reputation at risk.

Janice Gow Pettey, also noted that while we may be comfortable talking with our peers about ethics, we are often reluctant to do so with our donors, and that organizations who “fail” when dealing with ethical issues do so because they are unwilling to face challenges head on.  We need to talk to donors, leadership and board members, and that conversation can begin, and continue regularly, with our gift acceptance policies.

Janice also spoke to issues surrounding DAFs and community foundations that may be reluctant to disclose who our gifts are coming from,  and encouraged the audience to make every effort to be clear about who is giving.  She urged us to ask, “what are the strings and what are the risks,” noting that we need to get in front of it, own it and act in ways that address our reputational risk.

She, too, spoke to racism in our profession, citing under representation in leadership and a lack of policies in place to address inclusion.  Janice noted that as leaders, we must ensure that concerns are heard and ask ourselves if the type of giving we encourage reinforces the culture of those in power vs. addressing the needs of those who are not.      

Of course there was much more to our discussion that day and I am sorry I can’t share more of it with you here, but I do hope to have a full recording of the event for your review soon.  In the meantime, keep up the great work and continue this conversation with peers, leadership and board members so that ethics remains in the forefront of our profession.
Education Update

Earn your CFRE!

Have you thought about earning your Certified Fund Raising Professional certification but are unsure where to start? The good news is that through the convenience of online learning, you can easily participate in CFRE programs offered by other APF chapters and still pay member prices.

On Oct 21, AFP -Silicon Valley is presenting a CFRE Prep course to answer all your questions and get you started. Only $10 for members! To register, CFRE Prep AFP Silicon Valley

On Oct 23 and 24, AFP – San Fernando Valley Chapter is presenting a 2-day (4 hours/day) CFRE Study Course to help you study and prepare for the CFRE exam. $50 for AFP members. Questions? Contact the CFRE Committee.  To register, 2-Day CFRE Study Course AFP GSFV

AFP Global Seminars

Did you know that on the AFP-GLAC website you can check out the upcoming seminars offered by AFP-Global? 
Click here to see what’s available for your professional development in October and November.

SAVE THE DATE: Virtual Holiday Chapter Meeting

Dec 10, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PT) 

Mix and mingle (online of course) with your AFP-GLAC colleagues. Meet and greet the AFP-GLAC volunteers who will be leading the organization in 2021. Close out the year with some good cheer and inspiration!


Yvette Herrera
Vice President, Education

Members on the Move

Randi Sunshine, a former AFP-GLAC  board member,  is a current member of the Global I.D.E.A. Committee.

Mauria McPoland, chapter president, was highlighted (along with our chapter) in the Desert Charities News --Women in Philanthropy issue.

Have you recently been featured in the news, landed a new job or received a promotion? We want to hear about it so we can mention your accomplishments in next month’s newsletter. Email communications@afpglac.org.

Scholarships Available for AFP Members!

AFP-GLAC National Philanthropy Day Conference – Scholarships Available

Take advantage of this outstanding learning opportunity.  To apply, please complete and submit your scholarship application no later than October 13.  Click here to apply.


Recipients of our Free AFP-GLAC Membership Drawing!  

We are happy to announce the following recipients of a one-year free membership with AFP-GLAC and AFP Global. Congratulations!

  • Danese Bardot
  • Nicollette Daniel
  • Sheila King
  • Dan Maljanian
  • Ana Zavala

Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarship

This scholarship covers the registration fee for the annual AFP International Conference. 

The next AFP ICON/AFP ICON VIRTUAL will be held Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Registration will open late Fall 2020.  Additional scholarship information will be available soon. 

Scholarship opportunities are made possible by the generous donations of our members to the AFP-GLAC Chapter Fund and will be awarded until all scholarship funds have been used.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Warlick, Scholarship Chair at JWarlick@MaterDolorosa.org


I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Committee Update

Something to Celebrate! Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! Learn more about the annual celebration here.

Paradigm Shift

According to the 2017 report Leading With Intent from BoardSource, 84% of board members identify as white, while 20% of organizations report that their boards have zero BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) members. How can we recruit, retain, and most of all, create inclusive workspaces that acknowledge the perspectives of Black, Indigenous and other People of Color and encourage their participation on nonprofit boards? Learn more here.

Also, check out The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity on Nonprofit Boards of Directors if you’re looking to take a deeper dive into the diversity gap across nonprofit boards.

Want to learn more on how to communicate effectively on topics about race?

The National Conflict Resolution Center has a Communication Skills Toolkit to help you as you continue on your journey.

Inclusion Isn’t Innate. Here’s How Anyone Can Build an Inclusion Mindset.

Check out this article from Valerie Villarreal, Product Manager at Instagram on LinkedIn on how to build an inclusion mindset!

More announcements from I.D.E.A.

  • If you’ve missed the I.D.E.A Committee’s most recent virtual workshops, Creating Safe Spaces for Crucial Conversations about Race facilitated by Candid and Unconscious Bias in Fundraising with Vicki Clark; we’ve got you covered. You’ll be able to purchase these quality content sessions in virtual format real soon. Stay tuned!
Membership Update

A Message from AFP Global Regarding AFP Membership Dues

AFP values you as a member, and we are consistently working to provide you with engaging, timely and educational content to assist you in your role as a fundraising professional. To continue to provide relevant programming, AFP membership dues will increase $5 for the professional and associate membership categories beginning in 2021. 

We thank you for joining us in making a difference in fundraising—the IMPACT profession. Members who renew in January 2021 will receive renewal materials about the increase starting this month. 

Membership Installment Plan Available!

We understand that we are living in unprecedented times and that individuals and organizations may be watching their budgets. In recognition of that, AFP Global offers a membership installment plan for Associate and Professional categories of membership. This plan is available for members renewing their membership and to newly joining members. For information about the installment plan click Installment Plan.

To join or renew for the other categories, click Join AFP.

$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount! 

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, 2020! Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50.00 from the total and include 2020NPD New Member Coupon.*  This coupon can be used in conjunction with the installment plan.

Complete your application and send it in via mail or fax by November 30, 2020.

*Coupon must be included with payment. One coupon per new member. Can also be redeemed online by using discount code NPD2020. 

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



Welcome to our New Members!  Thank you for joining AFP-GLAC!

Irene Deanda Lewis
Maya Maley
Geannine Roman
Sierra Smith

Welcome new organizations!

Open Paths Counseling Center
Salvation Army - California South Division 

Thank you to our Renewed Members!

Michelle Aland
Mike Amerikaner
Kristin Noelle Anderson, CFRE
Kristy Armas, MBA
Laura Asok
Rev. Andy Bales
Lynn Baran McCarthy
Kris Breitenbach
Amanda Byrd
Gregory Copeland
Alexander A.J. Cornejo II
Melissa Froehlich, MA, Bachelor of Music
Lily Fuentez
Ruby C. Guerrero, MA
Chelsea Irvin
Cris Lutz
Erin Mascho
KC Miller
Sheila Monsod
Tommy Moore
Rebecca Ann Nelson CFRE
Richard D Newcomb
Arthur J. Ochoa
Janine M. Perron, MA
Tim Peters
Rachel Repko
Alyssa Shoji
Stacey Slevcove
Paola Villar Werstler

Organizations that have renewed! Thank you!

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Teen Cancer America
Union Rescue Mission

AFP- GLAC Spotlight

Up and At ‘Em Job Club





“The purpose of the Up & At ‘Em Job Club is for AFP-GLAC members and non-members to support and celebrate each other in their journey to a new professional, fundraising position.”

In the beginning of July, when member Susan Addleman, CFRE was laid off due to cutbacks from COVID-19, her first phone call was to VP of Membership, Melanie Elliott, to suggest starting a job club. She thought with what’s happening in the world right now, there had to be other fundraisers in the same boat. With her experience in workforce development, Susan knew how valuable a job club could be, in particular, for those targeting professional level positions. She worked with Melanie to establish guidelines and recruit individuals who might be interested. Thus the Up & At ‘Em Job Club was born!

Flash forward three months, the group has seven active members who meet weekly to discuss topics related to employment and to share updates on their job search. The members have a diverse background of experience and each brings a unique perspective to the group. The group provides encouragement and support to help members keep moving forward. 

What members have to say when asked how being part of Job Club has helped them:

“It has helped keep me on track and understand current job seeking strategies, how to create an effective resume, and current trends in hiring. Also one member mentioned Korn Ferry which I quickly joined. Now I have a career coach as well for only $25/month. Great AFP benefit.” – Crissi Avila

“A few of us are new to the area and/or new to fundraising, so it has been great to find common ground in the job search and skills development. We have had some fabulous presentations by Job Club members on things like networking and using LinkedIn.” – Diana Corbin

“Camaraderie. Especially during times of extended unemployment, which can become greater the higher one goes, it’s important to have support and not to feel alone.” – Miriam Gelfand

“Job Club has been supremely helpful to me because I am able to tap into a proud group of fundraising professionals and newcomers to the industry. It’s like a masterclass on how to properly market myself in the world of fundraising and nonprofit. It is truly inspiring to be part of such an amazing group!” – Christopher Lutz

If you’re out of work and want to get Up and At ‘Em, please contact Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at melhelliott@gmail.com.

Philanthropy and Volunteers


We have 100% board participation in both our own Chapter Fund as well as International’s Be The Cause campaign.  Thank you, BOD!    Please join us.

 Here’s a friendly recap of the two campaigns to participate in:

1) Our own Chapter Fund is here to provide funds for scholarships for (virtual) conferences, webinars and workshops, as well as online fundraising courses and CFRE support for our GLAC members.  Your participation is a testament to our strength and that we will continue to grow.  Here is the easy online portal to make more convenient to participate:  https://www.kindest.com/campaign/afp-glac-chapter-fund

2) BE THE CAUSE funds helps to fund local, national and international programs such as scholarships, leadership development, education and much more.  In addition, a portion of every donation that a member makes goes back to our local chapter and it’s super easy to do:

  • Make a gift to the BE the CAUSE Campaign online.
  • Text AFP to 56512 and follow the prompts!

Thank you for your support!
Jennifer Berger
VP, Philanthropy & Volunteers

Global Update



AFP LEAD – Leadership Training Opportunity from AFP Global

Register Now for AFP LEAD VIRTUAL, Coming This Oct. 14-15!
Register Here

Get the tools and strategies you need to be a more effective fundraising leader! AFP LEAD—the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual leadership conference—is October 14-15, featuring themes such as leading through change, fueling your mission, diversity and inclusion, ethics, mental health supports, and more.

With AFP LEAD, you get 12 virtual education sessions (all eligible for CFRE education points), networking opportunities and two standout keynote speakers in author and nonprofit executive Edgar Villanueva and Chef José Andrés.

AFP professional members can register for $249 (nonmembers for $449) and specialty member pricing is available to other membership categories. Visit afplead.org to learn more.