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2024 Symposium on Fundraising

Event Details

June 4, 2024

Ventura College, Guthrie Hall

4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003



Fostering Future Leaders: Nurturing Talent and Strengthening Organizations through DEI


10:00 a.m. - Check-In & Networking

10:30 a.m. - Session 1: Looking Inward Before Reaching Outward

11:30 a.m. - Networking & Lunch: Table Talking Points - Otherness

12:30 p.m. - Session 2: Cultivating Inclusivity: Empowering the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

1:30 p.m. - Session 3: Panel Discussion - DEI In Action: Real World Solutions

3:30 p.m. - Event Concludes


Members - $50

Non-Members - $75

Send three or more participants (regardless of AFP membership status) from the same organization for a reduced rate of $50 per person. Contact the office to take advantage of this deal.

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National Philanthropy Day

Nominations Now Open

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2024

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Santa Barbara Zoo

National Philanthropy Day is a special day to recognize and pay tribute to the individuals, organizations and businesses who generously give their time, talents and resources for the enrichment and benefit of our communities. This year, the AFP Santa Barbara Ventura Counties will join chapters across the country to celebrate the giving spirit and exemplary leaders of our philanthropic community.  

First held locally in 1987, National Philanthropy Day recognizes the great contributions of philanthropy- and those people active in the philanthropic community who have enriched our world. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible.  

Nominations are now open!

Submit your nomination today!

Your voice is essential in telling our community's story and we invite you to nominate those exemplary leaders of our philanthropic community so they can be recognized at this year’s event.

The event will honor a recipient from each of the following categories:

Philanthropist of the Year in Santa Barbara County

Philanthropist of the Year in Ventura County

Volunteer of the Year in Santa Barbara County

Volunteer of the Year in Ventura County 

Youth in Philanthropy, aged 16-23

Professional Fundraiser of the Year

Champion for Social Justice


Please include a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation along with your nomination.

Deadline to Submit: Friday, July 12, 2024

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Member Spotlight

Angela Miller-Bevan

We are thrilled to welcome Angela Miller-Bevan to the Board in 2024. She is the Executive Director of Unity Shoppe, one of the oldest non-profits in Santa Barbara County serving low-income individuals, families, seniors, and people with special needs. Read More.

Welcome, Members

New Members

Erin Fitzgerald, The Buckley School

Melissa Ha-Navarro, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Returning Members

Morgan Katenek

Kevin Kuga, Santa Barbara Foundation

Michael Menichetti, Netzel Grigsby Associates

Rebecca Merrell, Netzel Grigsby Associates

Monica Merryman, Cancer Support community

Elena Nicklasson, Fielding Graduate University

Lauren Trujillo, Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

Steve Willmont, Netzel Grigsby Associates

Happy Anniversary!

Members Celebrating Milestones with AFP in Q1

Stephanie Wilson, CFRE, Gold Coast Performing Arts Association - 10 Years

Steve Willmont, Netzel Grigsby Associates - 10 Years

Kevin Kuga, Santa Barbara Foundation - 1 Year

Jodi Wilson, Jodi Wilson Company - 1 Year

Chapter Job Center

Employment Opportunities

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Raisers Edge Specialist

Casa Pacifica

Special Events Manager

Casa Pacifica

Development Director

Environmental Defense Center

Community Engagement and Development Manager

New Beginnings

Director, Resource Development Marketing

United Way of Ventura County

Associate Director of Development, University Library

UC Santa Barbara

Advertise Your Job Opening With AFP

As a benefit to its members, AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter is pleased to share information about development and fundraising related job openings.

To view all postings or learn how to advertise with AFPSBV, click here to visit the Chapter Job Center on our website.

Thank You to our 2023-24 Chapter Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Partner Sponsor

Southeast Ventura County YMCA

Channel Islands YMCA

Community Sponsors

Friend Sponsors

Presenting Media Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Founded in 1960, AFP International (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) advances philanthropy through over 24,000 members in 243 chapters around the world. AFP International is committed to promoting philanthropy and supporting the practice of ethical and effective fundraising. AFP offers many opportunities both at the local chapter and international association levels. Join your local AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter today for professional development, networking, and employment opportunities.

Association of Fundraising Professionals

P.O. Box 1564, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1564

(714) 771-3685



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