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Making Place for Giving

Presented by Reggie Rucker, Director of Placemaking, Downtown Modesto Partnership



 A friend once joked when hearing about the profession of placemaking, asking if I'm a professional table-setter. He didn't realize how much truth there was to his joke. The principles of placemaking is at the very core about setting the table for human connection, and human connection is where the proverbial bread is buttered. Come learn how placemaking is transforming downtown Modesto and how it can transform your fundraising activity.



AFP membership not required. Come have lunch with us and see what we’re all about!

Register here or send an email to
by Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: TBD! We are working diligently to make sure we offer our presentations in an optimal environment in which to lunch and learn in comfort. We'll let you know where ASAP! Thank you for your patience. 

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

October is Ethics Awareness Month!


AFP is celebrating October as Ethics Awareness Month, and Advancing Philanthropy is doing something it's never done before: focusing an entire issue on ethics. Ethics is part of everything we do and is directly responsible for teh money we reaise and the ipact we create. We hope you enjoy this special issue and use it as a resource throughout the year.


Read the October 2019 Issue of Advancing Philanthropy

CVFC - Central Valley Fundraisers Conference a HUGE Success!


A crowd of over 70 members of the fundraising community came together Friday to celebrate their passion for giving. Sessions were held for both beginners and advanced fundraisers. The Chapter has held these professional development conferences every other year since the chapter formed in 1997/98.


The event featured 6 speakers with nearly 200 combined years of experience in the industry who brought talks that ranged from tips and tricks, capital campaigns, year-end fundraising, planned gifts, and relationship building.  


Attendees were treated to a delicious breakfast and lunch provided by a variety of caterers including Apple Spice, Nicolau Farms, Fuzio Universal Bistro, Greens and Foxwood Catering. The day was filled with networking, knowledge, inspiration, and passion.



“Our goal was to bring the same high quality discussions from the AFP International Conference held in San Antonio this past March to our Valley fundraising professionals,” said event co-chair Rochele Roura-Foster, who attended the Conference with other AFP, Yosemite Chapter members. “It was such a pleasure to work with the many community members and guests from outside our community to bring this knowledge to our event.’”


Keynote Speaker, Anthony Alonso of Catapult Fundraising, presented an important topic: "Technology Doesn't Build Relationships; You Do!" and spoke during one of the afternoon sessions on creating a Planned Giving Telephone campaign. The closing session "Not Just a Job", was presented by several participants of programs in local nonprofits and reminded attendees of the impact our nonprofit community has on many individuals in our area.



The conference could not have happened without the dynamic speakers, enthusiastic attendees and of course the amazing conference partners: Sutter Health, Stanislaus Community Foundation, The Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation and Ciccarelli Jewelers.





Members Only


Calling All
AFP Yosemite Chapter Members!
The Chapter Board as a full slate of leadership candidates and will be asking you to vote on the 2020 Board of Directors very soon. Be on the lookout for an email asking for your input.
Free webinar for AFP Members November 7, 2019:
Preventing Harassment in the Fundraising Profession. AFP's groundbreaking 2018 sexual harrassment survey showed that Harassment is a widespread problem for the fundraising profession. On November 7, 11:00am, Pacific Time, join Dr. Erynn Beaton and Dr. Megan LePere-Schloop from the Ohio State University as they use data from that survey, along with their own work, to offer beste practices and solutions to prevent harassment in the fundraising workplace.



Did you miss the Chamberlain Scholarship opportunity to attend the AFP International Conference (ICON)? The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to once again offer the Diverse Communities Scholarship program for members of diverse communities to attend AFP ICON in Baltimore, MD March 29 - 31, 2020.


The application process will be open through October 31, 2019. AFP is pleased to offer scholarships for the full conference registration fee + some travel support for each chosen diverse scholar.

Deadline for application submission is October 31, 2019. Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2019.

Apply TODAY!!



2019 Diversity Scholarship Applications 


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. If your'e selected from the applicants, you will receive a one year membership to AFP. Our next deadline is September 30. Instructions are included with the application. Apply now!


Association of Fundraising Professionals,
Yosemite Chapter












Lunch Meeting: November 7!










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.


December 5, 2019 - CFRE Info


January 9, 2020 - Speed Networking!

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 our newest members: Katie Barber; Martha Carter-Bhatti; Shahanshah Manzoor, Simpliv LLC; and Curt Willems, Casa de Modesto.


Renewing Members this month are Gina Machado, Center for Human Services; Tammy Menezes, CFRE, St. Joseph's Catholic Church; Roxanne G. Nelson, The Salvation Army; Judie Piscitello, Stanislaus Partners in Education; Karin Reenstierna, BA, MA, MS, Central West Ballet; and Meena Tadimeti, MBA, Special Needs In My City.



Be the Cause


Have you made a gift to AFP Foundation's Be The Cause yetPlease consider giving now!


The year is coming to a close soon. We hope you will consider giving a gift to AFP Foundation's Be the Cause. AFP Foundation is how AFP helps us with scholaships and makes other learning oppotunities available. Use the link below to 

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.


We do not have current job posts at this time.


Do you have an opening? Post on our website!

Have you updated Your ​Contact Info?

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 $5.00 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.