September 2019 Newsletter


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AFP Anniversaries
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September Anniversaries
5 Years
Megan Folland, Abode Communities
Mikko Sperber, Motion Picture Television Fund
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Lisa Baxter formerly Director of Development with After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles has been appointed Director of Major Gifts, MLK Community Health Foundation.

Katie McDonald formerly Associate Director of Individual Giving with Five Acres has been appointed Grants Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

Have you recently changed positions? Please let us know so we can share your good news and new contact information! Send your name and new title, organization and contact information to

Become a Partner!
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For more information and to become an event partner click here.

Altruistic Partner & Exhibitor

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Individual Session
Featured Speakers

NPDCAL Conference welcomes AFP Global Board Member, Mike Baker, CFRE  

Michael J. Baker, CFRE, is a founder and partner of m3 Development, a full-service consulting firm for non-profits and foundations. Prior to m3 Development Michael worked with the American Cancer Society, National Hemophilia Foundation and Boy Scouts of America in executive level development and management positions. He now serves as a board member with AFP Global.

Also, NPDCAL Breakfast Keynote Speaker is the long time, revered fundraiser Kay Sprinkel Grace. Kay is the author of seven (soon to be eight!) books about philanthropic practices and board engagement In addition, her articles have appeared in Advancing Philanthropy and the publications of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Learn more about Kay: 

Conference News

Mark your calendars and register today for National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon.

Here’s a sneak peek at the track sessions we have planned for you!  Click here to register!

Impact of Technology in Fundraising

Technology has revolutionized almost every work sector, including the nonprofit world. Today, nonprofit organizations have a vast array of tech solutions built just for them. Learn how to use technology to rethink your traditional fundraising formulas. Find ways to use social platforms to advance your fundraising efforts.

Major Donors

When you request a major gift, you’re asking for a big commitment. Major donors need to be carefully cultivated leading up to the solicitation and just as carefully stewarded after the gift has been made. So, whether you are new to major giving or are looking for ways to maximize your efforts, we have several sessions with strategies to help you connect with your major donors.

Fundraising Management

Laying the foundation for tomorrow! Come engage with us and learn the Fundamentals of Fundraising.  This track provides an overview of skills and knowledge required for comprehensive development program. Gain an understanding of development structure and strategic planning and how they affect your fundraising.

Advance Fundraising Professionals

Excellent fundraising skills are required for a professional’s advancement, but each stage of a development officer’s daily demands require stronger leadership skills. This track will focus on comprehensive leadership and management strategies. Come experience a curriculum of strategic management, operational effectiveness, leadership skills, and practical operations. 

Anything & Everything Fundraising

Because in the world of development no two days are alike! Development professionals where many different hats and have to be very creative to raise a dollar. The Anything and Every track will cover everything from economic forecasting to marketing strategies for big and small shops.

Ethics Breakfast

Members Only Ethics Breakfast

As we all know, ethical behavior is key to fundraising. It is so important to the Association of Fundraising Professionals that we ask each member to sign and agree to our Code of Ethical Standards. Since the inception of our chapter's Ethics Committee last year, it has been our dream to have the GLAC Chapter host an ethics breakfast for our members. That dream has become a reality!

On Tuesday, October 1 from 9:00am — 11:00am, we will be hosting our first ever Ethics Breakfast at the Cathedral Center of Our Lady of the Angels. This coincides with AFP Global’s Ethics Awareness Month. The breakfast will be FREE for members only. We have a diverse panel lined up for the breakfast:  Gina Johnson, M.P.A., CFRE, Executive Director of Central Development, Cal Poly Pomona and a volunteer member of the AFP International Ethics Committee; Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., a nonprofit consultant, author, and noted authority on diversity, ethics, and nonprofit governance; John Sonego, Associate Dean for External Affairs, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and adjunct faculty teaching in the School’s Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership and Management programs.    Please check your inbox for the invitation and full details. The first 50 members to RSVP will be admitted!

October 8 Roundtables
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Click here for more details and to register.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Downtown Los Angeles: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Rigler Board room - 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. (Limited to 30 Seats)

Parking: Guests should park at The Music Center Main Campus Garage. Enter via southbound traffic, turning right into the garage from Grand Avenue between 1st St. and Temple St.

Guests are to enter the Dorothy Chandler through the Artists Entrance located at 1st St. and Grand Ave. (to the left of Kendall’s Brasserie). Please give security your name at the door. Take the elevator to the 4th floor. Make a right upon exiting the elevator, and go all the way to the end of the hall to the Rigler Board room. 



San Gabriel Valley: Cancer Support Community Pasadena, 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Ste. #215, Pasadena, CA 91105. (Limited to 25 seats)

Parking: CSCP is located in the Pasadena Humane Society’s building, on the second
floor, at the southwest corner of Del Mar Blvd and Raymond Ave.

Parking is available under the building – the parking entrance is off Raymond Avenue just south of Del Mar. If the lot is full, sometimes it pays to wait a minute or two to see if anyone leaves.

If not, there is street parking available on Raymond for 2 hours. Also, the Del Mar metro station across the street, north of Del Mar on Raymond, has free underground parking for 90 minutes.

Once you have parked in the garage under the building, take the north (green) elevator to the second floor.

Save the Date!
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Celebrate the holiday season with AFP-GLAC with our annual Holiday Mixer and Inspirational Lunch.  The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles.  Our special guest speaker is Wayne Herron.  Stay tuned for more details!


The Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarship

The Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarship, provided by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, covers the registration fee for the AFP International Conference to be held in Baltimore, Maryland March 29-31, 2019.  Applications for the Chamberlain Scholarship will be accepted beginning September 16, 2019. 

Please watch for an email blast outlining application criteria and procedures.

Contact:  Jeanne Warlick, Scholarship Chair, at

Support the Chapter

Donate to the Chapter Fund Today

One of the best things about AFP-GLAC is the camaraderie and community of members who are willing to share their hearts, hands and network of friends to help each other succeed.

While we all share a goal of pursuing professional excellence, not all our members have the financial resources to be able to attend meetings, seminars, conferences, buy books or pay the fee to take the CFRE exam. However, our chapter is here to help our members! Through the AFP-GLAC Chapter Fund we are able to provide much needed support to our members. The Chapter Scholarship Fund is available for members to attend conferences such as the AFP ICON, GLAC Regional Conference, participate in fundraising webinars and workshops, etc. 

We would like you to consider making a gift of $25 today and help us support our members participate in worthwhile educational activities.

Together, we can continue to build our educational resources for our members and encourage their personal career development! Thank you for your participation in this important effort.

Click here to make a gift today!

Thank you to our current donors!
Lisa Baxter
Yuri Casco
Mike Driebe
Kristina Lamas
Mauria McPoland
Nancy Meyer
Anjalika Nigam
Patricia Ostiller
Janine Perron
Melissa Puls
Julia Scheibmeir
Andrew Ur

Lend a Hand!

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to get involved with the AFP-GLAC? Our flagship event, the National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon are a great way to learn all that we have to offer! We have volunteer opportunities available both during the conference and the luncheon. Please contact Katie McDonald, VP of Philanthropy & Volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering at either or both events!

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

Educational Opportunities Available In Our Region


Don't miss these great events!

Click on the links below for more information.

  • AFP California Capital Chapter will be hosting the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course on September 16-17, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. Fundamentals is a 2-day intensive course that offers a complete overview of fundraising designed for those with 5 or fewer years of experience in the field. Topics covered include: developing an integrated fundraising program, marketing, building and sustaining relationships, securing the gift, managing volunteers and fundraising management and accountability. Currently, this is the only Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offered in our region in 2019 (the next closest are in Alaska or Ohio) and is a great opportunity for your more entry-level members to strengthen their skills. Details about the course and a registration link are at:

  • Child Care Resource Center will be hosting the first ever Business Development Conference, The IDEAL Conference. A conference in the San Fernando Valley for small businesses and nonprofits on September 18-19, 2019 in North Hollywood, CA.  For more information and to register go to

  • AFP Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter will be holding a Meet a Funder event with The Capital Group on October 3, 2019 at the Courtyard By Marriott Sherman Oaks.  For more details and to register, click here.

  • 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.

  • AFP Desert Communities Chapter will be holding a breakfast event on October 18, 2019 at the Desert Willows Golf Resort.  For more details and to register, click here.