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Chapter Members who attended AFP ICON will share their key takeaways and highlights of AFP's premier International Conference.

AFP ICON is the world’s No. 1 fundraising conference, attracting more than 3,000 fundraising professionals each year. Five AFP Yosemite Chapter members were able to attend in Toronto in April for an unparalleled combination of fundraising training—with more than 100 education sessions to choose from, endless networking opportunities and an unforgettable experience over three days. Four local members will share their experience with those of us who weren't able to go, bringing what they learned back to the group. 

We are excited to welcome Gina Machado, Deputy Executive Director at Center for Human Services and AFPY Chapter President; Courtney Morse,  Marketing and Communications Manager at Center for Human Services and AFPY President Elect;  Michelle JasperDirector of Development & Communication at LearningQuest - Stanislaus Literacy Centers; and Monica Yu, Chief Development Officer at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. 

These knowledgeable and talented women have varied interests and strengths. Their expertise in Marketing, Communications, Development and Leadership means they will present a variety of topics that are meaningful to each of them in their careers. 


Join Us: May 2, 2024, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Where: Skewers Kabob House, 821 L Street, Modesto
**Street Parking Only**

Networking & Announcements 12:00-12:15, followed by the presentation.

AFP membership not required.

AFP Members may bring a guest free of charge once each year.

AFP Members: $25.00
All others: $35.00

Please Note: Lunch is included in the price. 



Register on our website by April 30, 2024, 4:00pm, using PayPal, or email us at to RSVP and pay at the door (PayPal, cash or check preferred)

Full participation in Key Takeaways From ICON is approved for 1.25 CFRE CEU credits in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


Members Only





AFP Members - There is a wealth of information on the AFP Global website. Take some time to check it out! You will find many resources to help build your career and provide professional development, information on certifications, answers to ethical questions, and so much more!



Have you seen some of the latest research from AFP?


From salary analysis to the latest trends in the sector broken down by the Fundraising Confidence Survey and Fundraising Effectiveness Project, AFP is your go-to source for the best timely research in the fundraising sector.


As an AFP member, you get access to all of these resources and so much more, so click the link below to make sure you're up-to-date on all the latest data. 


See the latest research and reports

We hope you take advantage of everything AFP membership offers. For a quick rundown of more benefits and resources, click here



Best Practices for Overdue Pledge Payments

In this discussion on AFP Connect, a member asks, "At our annual fundraising event we have people pledge to join our 5-year major giving society with the option to pay the first payment at the event or be invoiced. I'm looking for best practices, and sample verbiage to contact those who have pledged to join but are not responsive." Join the discussion.


Fundraising Tools: Beyond Techniques


Successful gift solicitation may involve certain techniques, but it starts with person-centered relationship-building. With a technique-driven approach, the danger at times is too much focus on techniques and less on relationship-building. Sometimes fundraisers fall back on the techniques rather than identifying exactly what the problems are in a relationship. Read more





So much help can be found through in AFP's complimentary Members Only Webinars. Bring AFPs fundraising experts and thought leaders right to your desktop or mobile device at no cost to AFP Members.




AFP Yosemite Chapter can help you overcome your fundraising challenge through our mentoring program. Local experts are available to help support your efforts. Check us out soon!




AFP Members save 20% on CFRE Certification!

Become a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) to demonstrate your mastery of ethical, best-practice fundraising to your employer, board, donors, and beyond.


Why the CFRE? CFRE stands for "Certified Fundraising Executive." Administered by CFRE International, the CFRE credential demonstrates your professional achievement and commitment to the fundraising profession. This is achieved through mastery of core knowledge and skills required of fundraising professionals with at least three years of experience. 

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.




June 6 - CPA - Tax Matters


July - Summer Vacation


August - Summer Vacation/Webinar TBD


September 5 - CyberSecurity


October 3 - Wellness


November - TBD - National Philanthropy Day


December - TBD - Holiday Gathering & Annual Meeting



AFP Yosemite Chapter Members may invite a guest

~free of charge~

to one meeting each year. (CVFC Excluded)


Apply now for an IDEA Scholarship!


You can receive a one-year membership to AFP Yosemite Chapter too! IDEA Scholarship applications are currently being accepted.

Apply today!







Diversity can mean just about anything, and EVERYONE offers diversity to our community. AFP Yosemite Chapter offers four Diversity Scholarships each year - one per quarter. You are eligible to apply if you've never been an AFP member before. If you're selected from the applicants, you will receive a one year membership to AFP. Applications are being accepted now.


IDEA Scholarship Applications Available 

Apply today! 




AFP Yosemite Chapter has earned the

2024 IDEA Champion Designation



The IDEA Champion Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in AFP's goal of advancing diversity: commitment to increasing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in the fundraising profession. 




Using Philanthropy To Address Racial Harm And Inequity
Learn how the United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) is using racial justice to inform their grantmaking efforts, and how other philanthropic organizations can help work to undo the legacies of harm inflicted upon communities of color. (Blue AvocadoRead More

Check out our Education Library


Holding virtual meetings during the depth of the pandemic allowed us to record and store content from our recent meetings. We are making that information available to you at the same cost as attending a meeting. There are many topics to choose from, including all the sessions of our most recent CVFC - Central Valley Fundraisers Conference, held over 2 days in October 2021.


Visit our Education Library today!

Job Postings


AFP Yosemite Chapter is often informed of job openings that we have agreed to post on our website. Our Chapter includes members from Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin Counties.


The listings below can be viewed on the AFP Yosemite Chapter website.


University of the Pacific seeks qualified candidates to fill several open positions. Check it out on the AFP Yosemite Chapter website!


Do you have an opening? Post it on our website or email it to

Know Your Network


AFP Yosemite Chapter welcomes back our renewing members:

  • Elise Domico - Grantwriter
  • Marilyn King - San Joaquin Office of Education
  • Courtney Morse - Center for Human Services
  • Keristofer Seriyani - United Way of Stanislaus County


Association of Fundraising Professionals,
Yosemite Chapter






April 2024




Next Meeting

May 2, 2024


12:00 - 1:30PM




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:


Visit our website:


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. 



Community Events



That new Community Events Calendar we've been working on? We are glad to announce itCheck it out here


And if you have an event to include, please help us fill up the calendar using this form.

We are keeping track of your annual and biennial events so others can plan ahead, too. Let's keep our community up to date with what's happening!