Monthly Newsletter

A message from AFPY Chapter President



I saw a great quote the other day from Jeff Warren, who is a meditation teacher and thought leader. “The pandemic is our collective training ground. We don’t get to choose the timing, or how long it lasts. We only get to choose how we exist inside of it.”  As I navigated my first year as President of our AFPY Chapter in this crazy year, I’ve found comfort in existing in gratitude routinely.


I’m grateful for all of you, who came along for the ride with us this year as we completely changed our format in how we brought networking and education opportunities to you. Our attendance has never been better and we heard from many of you that you were craving to be in communion with people who are facing similar challenges and eager to learn from others as you crafted your organization’s new way forward. If you haven’t yet, please take 5 minutes and fill out our education survey in this newsletter. We want to present topics that are relevant to you!


I’m grateful for the generosity and flexibility of our speakers and presenters, who allowed us to offer more education sessions this year than we have in previous years.  


I’m grateful for the outpouring of support for this year’s National Philanthropy Day. We celebrated Hometown Heroes who are making a difference in the lives of our community members, our profession and the non-profits that serve our community.


I’m grateful to our AFPY Board of Directors who worked so hard this year. In the midst of facing the challenges in their own nonprofits they continued to show up with their presence, creativity and vision.


Wishing you a safe and gratitude-filled holiday season,


~ Melissa Van Diepen

AFP Education Program

New Year Chapter Mixer
and Networking Event


Mix and mingle with chapter members. Invite your friends and associates to take part it this fun New Year event.

● Fun icebreaker

● 2020 in review and 2021 plans

● Network in breakout rooms

● Interesting fundraising questions


Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting 

When: January 7, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30pm

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

Register on our website 

AFP Members: $10.00
All others: $15.00

Announcing the 2021 AFPY Chapter Board


The following people were voted in and have agreed to serve in AFPY Chapter leadership positions:


President:  Melissa Van Diepen, CFRE                                          President Elect:  Arnold Chavez

Immediate Past President:  Karen Williams

Treasurer:  Jewel Whitaker

Secretary:  Katie Barber

Assistant Secretary: Angelique Correia

Vice President-Education: Amy Wolfe,CFRE

Accreditation:  Tammy Menezes, CFRE                 

Vice President - Membership: Kathy Hobby

Asst. Membership:  Pat Portwood
Diversity Chair:  Meena Tadimeti
Ethics:  Carole Richard, CFRE
Member-at Large:  Mel Bradley         
Member-at Large:  Keenon Krick


Thank you all!

New filing forms for nonprofits from the Attorney General's office - don't use the old ones in 2021!!


The Attorney General's office oversees nonprofits and fundraising professionals in California, though they are not the only department that requires nonprofit filings (for example, the Franchise Tax Board).


This year, the AG's office updated a number of forms that some nonprofits are required to file, including:

Registration – for new organizations

Renewal – annual registration renewal form, required for most organizations

Raffles – if you host a raffle during the year, you're required to file for a permit and a post-event report

Professional Fundraisers – for firms or people who charge for their fundraising services, including online fundraising platforms

Beginning January 1, 2021, the new versions are the only forms that will be accepted. The use of old forms will cause a delay in your registration/renewal.

Specific form changes include:

• The CT-TR-1 is a new form for organizations that have less than $50,000 in revenue. This can be used in place of the IRS-990. The CT-TR-1 form must be filed with the RRF-1 annual registration renewal form.

• The RRF-1 annual registration renewal form requires charities to provide additional information, including non-cash donations.

• Changes were made to all professional fundraiser forms and the raffle forms (registration and reporting).

• For newly formed charities, the CT-1 initial registration now requires additional information such as dbas and prior enforcement actions.

The official, updated forms, along with helpful videos and instructions, are available on the AG's Charities website at


Other required filings


The newly updated Nonprofit Compliance Checklist – our most popular resource – includes details about all the filings nonprofits are required to complete, including 3 state agencies, and federal forms. The downloadable comprehensive checklist helps nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations – charities – keep up-to-date with annual filing requirements. All in one place, with links to the resources you need if you have questions.


P.S. We have deeply valued our work with the Attorney General's Office under the leadership of Xavier Becerra, who also keynoted our policy convention last month. We wish him well as he will be nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., and we look forward to continuing our connections with the new Attorney General and staff.


Nonprofit Compliance Checklist

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,Tuolumne, 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.


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

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.


February 4,2021 - Grant Writing, Karen Servas


March 4, 2021 - Online Fundraising Auctions and Raffles

pert Roundtable Breakout Rooms
Expert Roundtable Breakout
rt Roundtable Breakout

What do YOU want to learn about fundraising in 2021? What knowledge could YOU share with others?


As 2020 comes to a close and we begin looking at what kinds of  offerings to bring you in 2021, we'd like to hear from YOU - what is it you would like to see AFP Yosemite Chapter offer you in the way of education sessions? On the other side of the coin, if you have been in fundraising for a number of years and feel confident in your skills, we have opportunities for you to share with the chapter and community members, too! Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions in this brief survey so we can take our planning to the next level, with YOUR help!


IDEA Scholarship Applications Available


Would you like to receive a one-year membership to AFP Yosemite Chapter, too? Apply today! Fourth Quarter 2020 IDEA Scholarship (Previously knows as Diversity Scholarship) applications are being accepted now.







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. Applications are due by September 30, 2020. Instructions are included with the application.


 Apply now!


AFP Yosemite Chapter is an

Know Your Network



AFP Yosemite Chapter welcomes new member Barbara Pushies, The Juline Foundation for Children. 


We also offer a warm welcome back to renewing members Katie Barber; Melvin Bradley, Team in Training; Gina Machado, Center for Human Services; Pat Portwood, Stanislaus Library Foundation; and Karin Reenstierna, Central West Ballet.


AFP Global offers Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Resource Guide


We know these are challenging, scary and even puzzling times for you. To help you navigate the ever-changing landscape, we’ve gathered resources to help guide you in your fundraising, donor communications and stewardship, engaging current and prospective donors from your home, and more. Updated regularly as new information becomes available. Find the Resource Guide here.


Association of Fundraising Professionals,
Yosemite Chapter













Next Meeting:

Via Zoom


January 7, 2021

12:00 - 1:30 PM















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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 Community Events


Has COVID-19 disrupted your event? We are still tracking events on our calendar to help you with scheduling! AFP Yosemite Chapter has created a Community Events Calendar that you can refer to when planning your event dates. You can check to see if other events are planned to avoid booking on the same date as other nonprofit organizations' events.


Take a few moments to fill out this form to let us know when you're planning to reschedule. We'll put your event on the Community Calendar to help you plan a unique date for your event.