Conference Speakers

National Philanthropy Day - Celebrating our 35th Anniversary
Friday, November 13, 2020 VIRTUALLY!
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AFP-GLAC is planning a full-day on-line conference with a wonderful NPD Awards honoring the people and organizations that dedicate their time, talent and treasure to making the world a better place through philanthropy.

Meet our Speakers & Moderators!

Regina Birdsell
Center for Nonprofit Management

Session: Breakout 2 (11:00-11:40 a.m.) Career Development
Kara Coleman, MA
SC Certified Coach and Counselor

For more than 20 years, Kara Coleman has been committed to creating a more just, caring world in leadership roles that span the grassroots, philanthropic, and educational sectors. As a nonprofit director and senior consultant, she has led successful initiatives on behalf of First 5 LA, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy that are designed to improve outcomes for children and families. Drawing upon her experiences as a certified life and spiritual coach, Kara also supports the integration of practices that cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and resilience among change agents in order to help strengthen alignment between organizational values, goals, and actions.

Session: Breakout 3 (12:45-1:25 p.m.) Success Through Self-Care: How Building Inner Resources Boosts Your Bottom Line

Jocelyn Cortese
Fundraising Committee Chair
Westside Food Bank

Jocelyn Cortese is a former advertising agency executive, working at Los Angeles agencies including McCann-Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, and Grey Advertising from 1984 – 1996.  She is longtime board member with the Westside Food Bank and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. She is also on the Board of the Westside Shelter Coalition and the grants coordinator for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish in Pacific Palisades. In the past, Jocelyn has served on the Boards of Hollygrove Children’s Home, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, and the St. Anne School Support Council.  A GAIA Mobile Health Clinic has been named in her honor. She is a regular volunteer with St. Joseph Center and The People Concern, serving meals to those in need. Jocelyn is married and has three adult children.

Session: Breakout Session 1 (10:00-10:40 a.m.) How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners
Allison Fuller
Managing Partner

Session: Breakout Session 2 (11:00-11:40 a.m.) Career Development

Lupita C. Garza, CFRE
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Adventist Health White Memorial Charitable Foundation

Lupita C. Garza, CFRE Senior Major Gifts Officer Adventist Health White Memorial Charitable Foundation Lupita is a bilingual professional and has worked in the non-profit arena for over 25 years, concentrating in fund raising. She joined White Memorial as a Development Officer in November 2014 and is responsible for the management and execution of the hospital’s two main events, the Golf Classic and the annual Gala, the hospital’s signature event. Lupita is also charged with the responsibility of expanding relationships with corporations, securing sponsorships and enhancing the major gifts program. Prior to joining White Memorial, Lupita was the Director of Corporate Relations for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and during her time there, she raised over $25M for the hospital. At CHLA, Lupita successfully cultivated and secured the Nautica Malibu Triathlon and to this date remains the largest public event for CHLA, raising over $1M annually for Pediatric Cancer Research. Lupita has also worked at the American Red Cross, TELACU Education Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and served as the Chief Executive Officer for 5 years at the Girls Scouts Spanish Trails Council, where she successfully secured the council’s first $1M individual gift. Throughout her career, Lupita has elected to work at organizations, whose mission aligns with her values and a cause that she strongly believes in. Lupita is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She served on the Board of Directors for HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) for 18 years and is now a HOPE Champion. One of the causes close to Lupita’s heart is Breast Cancer, having had family and friends encounter this disease. Five years ago, she signed up to walk 39.3 miles and raise money for the Avon Walk to cure breast cancer. She can proudly say she completed the Five walks and is walking again in September 2018! Lupita is from Texas and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Texas and did graduate work at the University of Houston. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Alex and they have two sons, Gabriel a writer and Rafael, a Mechanical Engineer. Lupita resides in Walnut.

Session: Breakout Session 3 (12:45 - 1:25 p.m.) Major Gifts: How to start a major gifts program from scratch

Genevieve Riutort
Deputy Director and CDO
Westside Foodbank

Genevieve Riutort is passionate about innovating and collaborating for social good. Her personal experience with food and housing insecurity informs her work to solve
entrenched societal problems. She has worked at Westside Food Bank since 2004,
currently serving as Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer. WSFB’s income has more than tripled during her tenure with strong support from private foundations and individuals. She plays a key role on WSFB’s Strategic Planning Committee and she designs, executes and oversees its fund development strategy including fundraising, grant writing, event planning, donor relations, database management, communications, public relations, and marketing.

She currently serves on the Board of Cornerstone Theater Company and was the host and producer of the City TV Santa Monica program Nonprofit Profiles. She is the mother of 3 young adults and enjoys performing at live storytelling shows in her free time. Genevieve is honored to serve as Co-Chair of the 35th Annual National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Gala.

Session: Breakout Session 1 (10:00-10:40 a.m.) How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners
Kate Rosloff
KR Associates

Kate Rosloff has decades of fundraising experience with nonprofit organizations having worked with such diverse issues as the arts, health, homelessness, social services , scientific research and education. As owner of KR Associates, she assists charitable organizations develop their capacity and expand their reach through targeted and strategic support. Her practice provides individualized hands-on assistance: interim staffing, proposal development, and board training. Her diverse client base has included the American Friends of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Life Steps Foundation, Partners in Care Foundation, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and several hospitals to name a few.

Her past work with both small and large charitable organizations is well rounded and has included staffing board committees and conducting training. In addition, she was responsible for events, direct mail, individual, Foundation and Corporate fundraising, in-kind donations, public relations and marketing and liaison with leadership volunteers.

Session: Breakout Session 1 (10:00-10:40 a.m.) How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners
Julia Siebel, Ph.D.
Vice President
CCS Fundraising

Passion for Philanthropy: Julia M. “Julie” Siebel, PhD, believes that those who empower others by sharing their gifts, works, and creativity are ideally positioned to serve as catalysts for lasting and positive change in the world around us.

Experience: Julie brings nearly 30 years of fundraising experience in organizational leadership, strategic planning and analysis, campaigns, constituent engagement, operations management, institutional advancement, data mining, and communications with educational, healthcare, human and social service, and membership institutions. Throughout her career, Julie has consistently launched or enhanced programs designed to build engagement, receive substantial philanthropic support, and achieve excellence. Julie’s interests cover a large spectrum, both in terms of philanthropy and project management. She has dedicated her career to helping organizations achieve their philanthropic potential through volunteer engagement.

Currently, Julie serves as resident counsel for The J.F. Shea Therapy Center’s endowment campaign, Always. This transformational opportunity is building the core endowment and launching a planned giving program that will ensure The Shea Center will always exist, always maintain their excellent reputation, always have the financial flexibility to help their clients thrive, and always have the security to innovate. She remains of counsel with Easterseals Southern California’s $40 million Innovating for Independence Orange County initiative.

Breakout Session 1 (10:00-10:40 a.m.) Funder’s Landscape: How the Funders’ Landscape has Changed

Eddie Thompson
Founder & CEO
Thompson & Associates

Dr. Eddie Thompson holds a Doctorate from Vanderbilt University.  His doctoral dissertation was on successful fundraising methods.  His academic achievements include two Master of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Fine Arts degree.  He has served in many capacities with nonprofit organizations, including Assistant to the President, VP of Institutional Advancement, Director of Planned Giving and Chief Executive Officer.  

Eddie is the Founder and CEO of Thompson & Associates, the nation’s premier charitable estate planning firm.  Thompson’s innovative and proven process is engaging organizations and their donors nationwide.  The Thompson & Associates’ team, consisting of over 49 attorneys and experienced professionals, help individuals and families plan to pass their assets to their family and to the organizations they support in a manner consistent with their values and objectives.  This unique process resulted in the successful completion of estate plans that directed several billion dollars to charities and billions more to families. 

Session: Breakout Session 1 (10:00 - 10:40 a.m.) Fund Development Strategies for 2021