Committees

Our Committees help AFP SV Chapter achieve impressive feats. Committee members focus on executing the initiatives set by the Board of Directors, and joining a committee can be a great way to get involved in AFP Silicon Valley before taking on a more prominent role, or to gain an in-depth experience in a specific operational area.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, then please email us at volunteers@afpsv.org. Brief committee descriptions are provided below. 


Development
Currently Forming

IDEA: Inclusion and Diversity
Currently Forming

Education
Currently Forming

Finance
Celeste Chapman, Treasurer
Sharon Navarro, President

Marketing
Medha Nanal, VP                               
Maria Orlova, VP-Elect
Emma Stavis

(Looking for additional members)

 

Officers
Sharon Navarro, President
Vinney Arora, President-Elect
Celeste Chapman, Treasurer 
Matt Siegel, CFRE, Immediate Past President
Jill Mitsch, Secretary

Programs
Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw, VP

Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day
Michelle Foster, VP
Lisa Lemke, VP-Elect 

(Looking for additional members)


Committee Descriptions

IDEA: Inclusion and Diversity

Diversity is dedicated to creating a more inclusive membership grounded in respect and appreciation for individual differences. The Committee endorses a broad definition of diversity, and seeks to create dialogue through programs and resources that enhance fundraising knowledge and encourage an understanding of diversity in the nonprofits we serve.

The Committee strives to provide leadership for AFP SVC in meeting the needs

of all its internal and external constituencies. This committee stimulates new ways of thinking, new ways of supporting philanthropy and new ways to connect with donors and with each other.

Education

The Education Committee supports the professional development and career advancement of our chapter members.  We are responsible for the Mentorship Program (sponsored by Heritage Bank of Commerce), webinars, The Fundraising School, a preview course for the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive license), and the Masters Program (for AFP SVC members who have been fundraisers for 10 or more years).

Ethics

A key mission of AFP SVC is to advance and foster high ethical standards within its membership and chapter organizations. The Ethics Committee offers reminders and education on what is the professional practice of ethics in fundraising.

Membership

One of the charters of AFP SVC is to foster member benefits and to enrich the experiences offered to members. The Membership Committee oversees the recruitment of new members and offers networking opportunities for ongoing engagement and retention of our member base.

Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day

Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day is AFP SVC’s premier event held each year in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day. A celebration of excellence in local philanthropy, Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day is a community event attended by over 600 fundraisers, community leaders, and philanthropists. This event is held each year around November 15, the date that, in 1980, President Ronald Reagan designated as National Philanthropy Day. Committee members work on logistics and planning throughout the year to secure sponsorships and promote the event in the community.

Programs

The Programs Committee works with the VP and VP-Elect of Programs to identify and recruit speakers and sponsors for AFP SVC monthly virtual lunch programs. It is also the committee’s responsibility to provide the Marketing Committee with information to publish on upcoming program events for promotional purposes.

Professional Development Scholarships

AFP SVC has the great honor and privilege of offering financial assistance to fundraisers who otherwise might not have been able to access the benefits of AFP membership. We offer a variety of scholarships, including support for first- and second-year members, underwriting the cost of local trainings, as well as the AFP International Conference, and other programs such as the Mentorship Program and the CFRE Study Guide. By bridging the gap, this committee allows more fundraising professionals to expand and enhance their careers.

Marketing

The Marketing Committee is an active team that helps promote all AFP SVC programs and events. The team is responsible for the monthly e-newsletter, branding support, maintaining current content for the chapter web site, and amplifying AFP mission and communications via the appropriate channels such as social media. Marketing Committee also maintains a presence for the chapter on the social media, currently Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.