March 21, 2024

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April Training

About this event

As DAFs become more popular among donors, it is crucial for non-profits to understand them in order to maximize their effectiveness in securing donations. In this workshop, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of DAFs and learn strategies to effectively tap into their philanthropic potential.

About the speaker

Geoff Green currently serves as the CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). He previously served as CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, he has worked on a wide variety of issues, including affordable housing, access to education, racial equity, and environmental protection. He has served on a diverse array of local, state, and national nonprofit boards in addition to both elected and appointed public office. A dedicated champion of the nonprofit sector, his prior roles include campaign organizer, public affairs radio host, and national park ranger.

Event Details

Thursday, April 18, 2024

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In Person or Via Zoom

In Person Location

Lompoc Valley Medical Center

1515 E Ocean Ave., Lompoc, CA 93426

Virtual Fees

AFP Members - $10

Non-Members - $25

Zoom details sent prior to event.

In Person Fees

AFP Members - $20

Non-Members - $50

Lunch included. Please email the office if you would like to request a special meal.


Full participation in Understanding and Leveraging Donor-Advised Funds for Successful Fundraising is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification." 

Registration Now Open!

2024 Symposium on Fundraising

Our Keynote Speaker

Cherian Koshy is a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, known for his innovative approaches to fundraising, strategic planning, and nonprofit leadership. With nearly three decades of experience, Cherian has dedicated his career to helping organizations navigate the complexities of growth and change.

Throughout his career, Cherian has served in senior leadership roles at various institutions, where he has been instrumental in raising more than $200 million. His work extends beyond fundraising; he is deeply involved in coaching and mentoring the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Currently, Cherian serves as the Vice Chair of Professional Development on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global Board and is the past chair of Volunteer Iowa. His thought leadership has been featured in numerous publications, including Advancing Philanthropy and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and he is a sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops worldwide.

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


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.


Member Spotlight

Greg Mora

Greg Mora is a new member of the Board this year and the lucky recipient of the Chamberlain Scholarship, which will send him to the upcoming AFP ICON Toronto! We are happy to have his energy and upbeat attitude on the Board. Greg hails from Santa Barbara, where he serves the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County as Associate Director of Major Gifts. Read More

April 15: Next Certified Fund Raising Executive Application Deadline

Set Yourself Apart With the World’s Leading Fundraising Certification

Demonstrate your mastery of ethical, best practice fundraising with the globally recognized Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

CFRE certification shows you’re a skilled professional with a fundraising track record and have the proven knowledge to enable your organization to reach its targets.

To become a CFRE, you must meet certain requirements and pass the CFRE Exam. Earning this rigorous certification boosts your on-the-job confidence and signals to others you possess what it takes to succeed in fundraising today.

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When you’re ready to submit it, remember AFP members enjoy a 20% discount. It’s just one of your many membership perks.

April 15 is Fast Approaching

Submit your application in time for the upcoming deadline to take your next step towards CFRE certification. 

Nonprofit Website Content to Keep Members Engaged: 5 Tips

Ensuring an exceptional member experience is the lifeblood of sustaining and growing a nonprofit. The good news is that an organization’s website can serve as a hub for interaction between the nonprofit and its members, establishing a convenient and efficient way for members to make donations, manage their membership account, volunteer, register for events, and more. (re:charityRead More

Chapter Job Center

Employment Opportunities

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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

Development Director

Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation

Major Gift Officer

Search Dog Foundation

Coordinator of Donor Relations Stewardship

UC Santa Barbara

Business Operations Analyst

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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