February 15, 2024

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March Training

About this event

This workshop is being offered through a collaboration by Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter), and Pepperdine University's Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative.

Research shows that governance is enhanced, community connection and responsiveness increased, and the mission of the organization is strengthened when nonprofit organizations and the Boards invest in diversity, equity and inclusion. This involves practices much broader than just building a “representative” Board to guide the organization. It is about cultivating a Board that celebrates differences and seeks to build policies and a culture that draw on the unique insights and lived experiences of all its members.

During this session, participants will:

  • Assess the various types of diversity and what is appropriate for nonprofits
  • Examine the process of creating an ideal Board and the role specific audit tools can play in directing effective Board recruitment
  • Explore a real-world case study review on how to establish, take action, and manage for effective inclusion throughout your organization

Organizational teams are encouraged to attend.

Pending 3 CFRE Credits.

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2024 Symposium on Fundraising

June 4, 2024

Ventura College, Guthrie Hall

4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003



Fostering Future Leaders: Nurturing Talent and Strengthening Organizations through DEI



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a hot topic in the nonprofit world today. But what is the right way to achieve an organization’s DEI goals? 

A DEI strategy shouldn’t be just about checking boxes—it should be about tapping into fresh perspectives that fuel creativity and innovation. By embracing a variety of backgrounds and experiences, organizations can break out of stagnant patterns and discover new solutions to complex problems.

Nurturing emerging leaders is like planting seeds for a thriving future. When organizations invest in the growth and development of their young talent, they're not just securing their own future—they're cultivating a generation of leaders who will carry the torch forward, driving positive change for years to come.

This symposium explores strategies for nonprofits to recruit a more diverse workforce, ensuring new staff have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their current roles, and beyond. The content and materials distributed during the event will serve as valuable tools to articulate this case to the leaders and boards of organizations in our community.

Text-to-Give Messaging:

4 Strategies to Boost Conversions

To avoid opt-outs in your nonprofit’s text-to-give campaign, you need to create emotionally compelling and persuasive messages that convince your donors to give (and give right away!). After all, when you’re operating under tight fundraising deadlines, you need supporters to act with urgency so you can meet your goals and push forward your mission. (Marketing for the Modern Nonprofit) Read More

Overcoming Donor Hesitancy: Strategies to Keep Donors Engaged and Giving Amidst Challenges

With continually diminishing donor retention numbers and a steep decline in new donor acquisition, alongside rising operational costs, nonprofits are feeling unstable and under-resourced. With stability being a catalyst for growth, what are some of the obstacles donors are facing and how can nonprofit organizations overcome them? (NonProfit PRO) Read More

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Employment Opportunities

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Director of Advancement

Family Service Agency

Administrative Manager

Ventura Land Trust

Outreach Coordinator

Ventura Land Trust

Senior Director of Development

Make-A-Wish Central Coast and Southern Central Valley

Director of Annual Giving


Capital Campaign Officer


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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

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Southeast Ventura County YMCA

Channel Islands YMCA

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Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Founded in 1960, AFP International (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) advances philanthropy through over 33,000 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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