February 2, 2023

Are you employed by, donate to, or serve on the board of a Santa Barbara or Ventura County nonprofit?

If so, please consider joining our chapter for in-depth education, exceptional professional resources and the best networking opportunities.
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February Training

Successful fundraising is a result of good planning and execution. However, when it comes to direct mail campaigns many nonprofits write a fundraising appeal letter and hope for the best. Do more than write a letter and hope it does well. This Lunch & Learn is designed to give you the tools to make your direct mail fundraising campaign a successful effort.


In this session we will discuss the keys to a successful campaign, which include:


  • Making a plan
  • Setting a goal
  • Building a giving matrix
  • Crafting strong messaging in both copy and imagery
  • Being clear about what you need
  • Asking more than once
  • And, thanking donors for past and future giving

Rob Grayson began his nonprofit career as an HIV/AIDS Counselor and Clinic Director. He has served as a Development Officer and Fundraising Consultant for various nonprofit organizations, including Valley Community Clinic, Whitman-Walker Clinic, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, NARAL, KEYT Public Television, Sierra Club, and many more. After over 22 years in nonprofit leadership, Rob changed careers and became a graphic designer. For the past 8 years, Rob has been the Creative Director for Boone Graphics where he gets to use his skills to help nonprofits and other organizations create visual communication solutions.  

AFP Members - $40

Non-Members - $50

Lunch provided. Please send any dietary restrictions to admin@afpsbv.org

Limit 30 people.

Member Registration
Non-Member Registration

For any questions regarding registration, please contact the office at admin@afpsbv.org.

Full participation in Successful Direct Mail Fundraising Campaigns is applicable for 1.25 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

March Training

THE ASK ACADEMY: Training Board Members & Volunteers to Ask

For those of us who are tasked with inspiring board members and volunteers with the incredible honor of raising money for an important cause. Give them the tools for success to thank donors, create their own passion statement, and find new donors without feeling that they must ask their friends. With five simple steps you can tailor your own course that will create board members who become an integral part of your fundraising process. Bring a member of your board to this event!


Stephanie Wilson, CFRE brings to her nonprofit career a unique skillset forged in her previous work in both theater and business training. For the past two decades she has worked as a fundraising executive for large nonprofits and spearheaded major capital campaigns, produced fundraising galas and golf tournaments, and trained development professionals in proposal writing. She has also worked to develop strategic plans for small organizations and large counties. Stephanie has served on more than 15 boards as a volunteer and continues to serve her community wherever there’s both an opportunity to do good and chocolate being served.

Registration opening soon!

Full participation in The Ask Academy: Training Board members & Volunteers to Ask is applicable for 1.25 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Santa Barbara Council

of Charitable Gift Planners

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

11:30 am – noon (networking)

12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch and program)

Harry’s Plaza Café, 3313 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105


$45 for non-members, $35 for members

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Through the Looking Glass

encourages all gift planners and fiduciaries to view their work with the vision of how today’s actions affect our charitable institutions

- often generations from now.

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IUPUI | Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy

Tiffany Benjamin

CEO of Humana Foundation

Philanthropy and Health Equity: Building Healthy Communities While Sustaining Social Impact

February 23, 2023

1 p.m. E.T.

Online via Zoom

Event registration

Philip Yun

President & CEO of World Affairs

Global Philanthropy: Building a Diverse Community for Social Change

March 30, 2023

1 p.m. E.T.

Online via Zoom

Event registration

Upcoming Events

AFP Premium Webinar: Develop Campaign Communications That Inspire New and Long-Time Donors

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 a.m.

2023: The Year to Test Your Resilience, Run Wild and Raise Funds


Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:00 p.m.

Joyfully Adapt! Artfully Ask! Authentically Connect!

(Center for Nonprofit Leadership)

Friday, February 10, 2023 5:00 p.m.

AFP Deep Dive: Digital, Online, & Social Media for Fundraising Success (1-Day)

(AFP Global)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 10:00 a.m..

The Revolution of AI in Nonprofit:

Best Practices and Knowledge


Wednesday, February 15, 2023 4:00 p.m.

Your Team Communication Magic

(Center for Nonprofit Leadership)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 9:30 a.m.

Transitioning from a Working to a Governing Board

(Funding for Good)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 2:00 p.m.

AFP Complimentary Webinar: How to Build Your Fundraising Framework to Help Drive Growth in 2023

(AFP Global)

Thursday, February 23, 2023 10:00 a.m.

Healing Communities Conference

(UCSB Graduate Students)

February 24-25, 2023 9:00 a.m.

AFP Deep Dive: Transforming Your Organization with Individual Giving (3-part series)

(AFP Global)

February 27, 28 & March 1, 2023 9:00 a.m.

Chapter Job Center

Employment Opportunities

Click on the job titles below to view the description

Director, Resource Development & Marketing

United Way of Ventura County

Director of Development, Student Affairs

UC Santa Barbara

Finance Director

Human Society of Ventura County

Manager, Walk to End Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Association California Central Coast

Development Director

Opera Santa Barbara

Development Manager

United way of Santa Barbara County

Development Associate

Wildling Museum

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.
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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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