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AFP Yosemite Chapter News and Updates


Reminder: Due to the restrictions in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, AFP Yosemite Chapter will not be holding our regular lunch meeting in April


If we are unable to meet in person for our May meeting, we are researching ways to present a virtual meeting on May 7, when Jessica Chang Irish is scheduled to present Networking and Public Speaking


We encourage you to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC to stay well and avoid passing this virus on to others. And, please wash your hands!



The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Yosemite Chapter has been named a 2020 Ten Star GOLD Chapter.


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.


Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 243 chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the Yosemite Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world.


From the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy 


Make Your BE the CAUSE Gift during 



Dear AFP Member, 

The support must go on!

Please consider making your BE the CAUSE annual gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - U.S. or your Every Member Campaign gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada over the next three days. 

Thanks to their continuing generosity, Blackbaud's "Good Takeover" Challenge will provide a $10 matching gift that will count toward your chapter's campaign. Gifts (not pledges) must be received between March 29-31, 2020, to be eligible for the match. Blackbaud will provide the $10 match for the first 700 donors. (Minimum gift to qualify is $20). 


Why supporting your profession is important right now:

  • We are facing one of the most uncertain times in recent history – and the non-profit sector will be tremendously affected.
  •  Every single year for the next decade, 80,000 non-profit leadership positions will be vacated by those retiring 
  •  Education, leadership development, research and support are critical to those in the fundraising profession 
  •  Scholarships are necessary to ensure our workforce is diverse and inclusive 
  •  Mentoring ensures that wisdom is passed on and not lost 
  •  Research programs such as the "Growth in Giving" Initiative informs the decisions we have to make 
  •  Programs and resources in your own local communities are available through chapter grants

When you support the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy, you are impacting the "impact profession." You are helping to ensure that the non-profit sector, and those fundraisers who are critical to its survival, are braced against the coming tide of declining donations, a reduced donor pool, and the very real probability of some non-profit organizations shuttering their doors. 

The Foundations support nearly 32,000 AFP members along with the non-profit sector as a whole with education, scholarships, leadership development, research, and mentoring while maintaining the highest ethical standards and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Your gift can make a difference – your support impacts us all.

Your support is very much appreciated. Here's how to give:


Text AFP to 56512 to make a gift through your phone to the U.S. Foundation (powered by Give by Cell).


Make Your Gift Online To The U.S. Foundation >>


Make Your Gift Online To The Canadian Foundation >>


Thank you, 
AFP Foundation for Philanthropy


ow are some articles to help stay on track in your fundraising efforts moving forward.


From The Impact Foundry Newsletter,
March 30, 2020


Fundraising in Crisis: Trusting and Distrusting Your Instincts
by Colleen Schulman, PBS KVIE Chief Philanthropy Officer

Good fundraising practices urge organizations to showcase the work they do because if you demonstrate community value, the dollars will follow. You send appeal letters with moving stories. You reach out to donors and thank them. You nurture relationships that blossom into partnerships. Your nonprofit thrives when your fundraising cycle is in motion.

Today we have a public health epidemic with COVID-19. Everything that was familiar is now disrupted. You are likely at home and thinking perhaps this is a pad time to send appeal letters. My nonprofit doesn't address health or human service needs. How can I ask for support when donors are probably anxious or overwhelmed? Read on.


Navigating COVID-19 for Nonprofits
Provided by Katy McCleary, Paper Wings Creative Consulting

Remember - not everyone has the same context, emotions, belief or languate about this pandemic. People are all over the map about what they believe. Create context and grounding by understanding how people feel about the COVID pandemic, social distancing, the short-term and long-term effects, etc. Continued... 


Impact Foundry's First Virtual Mixer!

On April 2nd, Impact Foundry will be hosting their first ever virtual mixer. As we adjust to our new socially distant roles in society, we want to stay in touch any way we can. They will be sending out an invite through Zoom. The idea is to meet up at 4:00pm. From there, Zoom will randomly place 3-4 individuals into breakout sessions for 10-15 minutes. This will give you a chance to chat with a small group. After that, the random selection happens again. New people! Yay! 

Chat about best practices, share frustrations, or talk about what you've been watching on Netflix during quarantine. It's like Speed networking!

This event is at your own home (you can even wear your pajama pants) and is therefore BYOB. Let's stay social and connected! 

Join Impact Foundry on April 2nd on Zoom!

Are you cancelling or postponing your event?


AFP Yosemite Chapter is looking into creating a calendar of current and future nonprofit events. We hope to allow everyone to  coordinate with others around event dates and times so we can try to avoid multiple events on the same date. Email your event info to us at We'll let you know how to access the calendar once it's up and running. 


Association of Fundraising Professionals,
Yosemite Chapter






to help fundraisers continue moving forward