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Association of Fundraising Professionals, CA Yosemite Chapter

AFP Yosemite Chapter August 2019



Presented by our own AFP Yosemite Chapter ICON Attendees!

Several of our local AFP Yosemite Chapter members attended the AFP International Conference (AFP ICON), held in San Antonio, Texas in late March 2019. Join us upstairs at Skewers to enjoy delicious lunch offerings while fellow members' share their experiences during the conference and learn about their greatest takeaways. 

You may become inspired to attend AFP ICON 2020, to be held in Baltimore, MD, March 29-31, 2020. Watch for an opportunity this fall to apply for the 2020 Chamberlain Scholarship. One lucky winner will have their attendance fees covered by this scholarship. Applications available soon. Stay tuned!

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

Register below using PayPal or send an email to 

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

 LOCATION: Skewers

821 L Street, Modesto

(Parking on street or city lot)

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

Please register by: Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 4:00 PM

 Register today!

Members Only

The following Hot Topics articles from AFP Global provide information about Major Gifts and related subjects. These members-only articles include resources and links to suggested articles. Sign in or join AFP to access these articles and more. 

 1. Hot Topics: Donor Relations/Stewardship

Major gifts are contributions that make a significant difference to the nonprofit organization to which they are given. The amount considered to be a major gift varies from organization to organization

 2. Hot Topics: Special Events

Special events are designed to raise awareness of a cause and help to cultivate relationships with donors and potential donors. Although special events tend to be more costly than other fundraising strategies in terms of return on investment, they are often incorporated into the organization’s overall fundraising planning in order to provide visibility for the organization and to provide opportunities to involve people in the organization’s activities.

 3. Hot Topics: Fundraising Basics


Raising funds is very likely one of the most important activities for your nonprofit. Fundraising is more than simply “raising dollars.” Effective fundraisers seek to discover what is important to any potential donor, and tap that need to encourage and support giving. It requires being able to look at the organization’s mission and programs through the eyes of the donor rather than from the perspective of those who run the organization.

4. Bonus Article - Ten Ways To Supercharge Your Storytelling

Author Libba Bray once wrote, “There is no greater power on this earth than story.” Stories are a “shared experience” that connects us all. When used strategically, storytelling can be an effective way to raise money and motivate donors to give. Let the storytelling begin!



Central Valley Fundraisers Conference

Registration Now Open!


How do we contact 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.


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 mid-June. Instructions are included with the application. Apply now!

Know Your Network

 AFP Yosemite Chapter welcomes our newest members: 

Dianna Olsen and Samantha Borba, both of Healthy Aging Association; Jewel Whitaker of Opera Modesto; Cathy Mendoza of The First Tee Central Valley.

 Renewing Members this month are Lisa Hume, of Sutter Health; Melissa Van Diepen, BA, of Community Hospice Foundation.

Local 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.

Do you have an opening? Post on our website!

Looking for a new gig? Check out this month's offerings:

 The Salvation Army seeks Business Adminstrator

Diocese of Stockton seeks Development Director

United Samaritans Foundation seeks Executive Director




AFP Local and Global News

We want to share with you some of the latest news from AFP Global and here with your local AFP Yosemite Chapter.

 Regarding Membership:

For the first time in 10 years, AFP is finding it necessary to raise dues for two membership categories: Professional and Associate. Dues for these two categories increased by $30 on July 1, 2019.

Regarding Lunch Meetings:

AFP Yosemite Chapter strives to provide programs that are approved for CFRE Credit, increasing your opportunities for professional growth. As our Chapter grows, it is our wish to continue offering high quality educational opportunities and programming. In order to accomplish this, we find it neccessary to increase the cost of our lunch meetings. Effective our September meeting, lunch costs will increase to $25 for members and to $35 for nonmembers 

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.



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, 

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, the non-member substitute 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. 



Contact us:

PO Box 1168

Modesto, CA 95354