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Speed Networking

Networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal social setting. Networking often begins with a single point of common ground.


Join your fellow fundraisers from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties for a fast-paced, interactive networking session!


Come and get to know your fellow nonprofit leaders, their backgrounds, what drives them and where their dreams are taking them. AND learn how we might collaborate to make more impact TOGETHER!


AFP membership not required. Join us for lunch and see what we’re all about!


Register here or send an email to  by Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: TBD! We are working diligently to ensure we have adequate space for this fun event while keeping costs affordable. Thank you for your patience. We'll let you know ASAP!

AFP Members: $25.00; Non-Members: $35.00 
Lunch is included.  Register today!


Members Only


Finding Your Path to Community


Finding one’s true calling usually isn’t a straightforward and easy path. During my youth and into my college years, I struggled to find my community. First, I was kicked out of high school, and shortly after, I was kicked out of the house. I was never one to follow rules that did not make sense and have always marched to a different beat. More here.


Engagement and Collaboration Pay Dividends

Engagement and collaboration are at the heart of everything that fundraisers do. From cultivating donors and volunteers to involving board members and staff in the fundraising profession, engaging different audiences in partnerships and collaborations unlocks the true potential of philanthropy. Read more. 


The Networking Advice No One Tells You


We’ve all heard the advice that networking is important for our careers. And regardless of your profession, your industry or demographic, the message is loud and clear. If you want to be successful, you need to spend time networking. It’s great advice. But the critical missing piece to this advice is exactly how to network.


The last two articles are for everyone!




Diversity Scholarship News


AFP Yosemite Chapter's 4th Quarter Diversity Scholarship Recipient is: Wendy Byrd of NAACP. Congratulations, Wendy, and welcome to AFP!


1st Quarter 2020 Diversity Scholarship Applications
are being accepted


Diversity can mean just about anything, and anyone can offer diversity to our community. AFP Yosemite Chapter offers four Diversity Scholarships each year - one per quarter. You are eligile to apply if you've never been an AFP member before. If your'e selected from the applicants, you will receive a one year membership to AFP. The final 2019 applications are due by March 13, 2020. Instructions are included with the application. Apply now!




This year's AFP Yosemite Chapter Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient is Meena Tadimeti of Special Needs In My City. Congratulations, Meena! We look forward to hearing about your experience at the 2020 AFP International Conference! Look for your opportunity to submit a Chamberlain Scholarship Application in the fall.


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Lunch Meeting: January 9, 2020










Save the Date


Throughout the year, AFP Yosemite Chapter offers a variety of education sessions to help its members grow as fundraising professionals. Check out these upcoming events and mark your calendars.


January 15, 2020 - CFRE Application Deadline


February 6, 2020 - Lunch Program TBD


Get ready for the 2020 calendar, in the works. Coming soon!

Mentoring Program:

Are you in need of fundraising advice? AFP Yosemite Chapter has several members,experts in their fields, who are willing to mentor fellow fundraisers. To inquire, use this form.

Know Your Network


AFP Yosemite Chapter welcomes new members: Susan Beasley, Parent Resource Center; Katrina Jaggears, San Joaquin Delta College; and Jana Miller, Memorial Hospital Foundation Sutter Health.


AFP Yosemite Chapter is glad to welcome back renewing members Mel Bradley, Team in Training; Amber Flores, Gallo Center for the Arts; Celise Krick, United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County; Gina Machado, Center for Human Services; and Patricia Portwood, Stanislaus Library Foundation. 


Job Postings


AFP Yosemite Chapter occasionally is informed of job openings that we have agreed to post on our website. Our Chapter includes members from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties. Job posts for Members and Member Organizations are FREE! Non-members may submit a 30-day post

request for $25.00.


Girl Scouts of Central California South (GSCCS) is seeking an experienced Director of Development


Do you have an opening? Post it on our website!

What's the BEST way to reach you?

AFP Yosemite Chapter is in the process of updating our email and snail mail database. How can you help? Please follow this link to update your contact information today.



 Community Events


AFP Yosemite Chapter wants to help you spread the word about your upcoming events. Do you have an event you'd like to share? Please send the information to and we’ll post it right here in our monthly newsletter. Please send your request at least 45 days prior to the event so we can make sure it's published in time.


About AFP 


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in nearly 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information,






AFP Yosemite Chapter Contact Information:


By mail:

P.O. Box 1168

Modesto, CA 95354


By Email:


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Lunch Meeting Reservation /

Refund Policy

  • If you register for the meeting and pay in advance via Paypal and are unable to attend, you will NOT receive a refund for your payment.
  • If you register in advance without paying and are unable to attend, you will be billed for lunch via PayPal invoice, due and payable on receipt.
  •  If you register and pay in advance but inform us of your inability to attend before the RSVP deadline we will refund your payment. Under the same circumstances if you don’t pay but let us know before the deadline, you will not receive an invoice.
  • We will not carry over your payment to the following month’s meeting.
  • You may designate another to attend in your place in order to retain the value of your registration. In the case where a non-member substitute is designated, that person must pay the balance of $10.00 to attend.
  • Walk-ins, please note: Preregistered attendees will be given priority for lunch. If you don't register in advance, we are unable guarantee adequate food for everyone. You will be charged to attend.