May 2, 2024

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May 16, 2024 Training

Direct Relief will host Scott Reed and Jonathan Bishop to lead an FAQ on their new consulting business and will discuss the critical pieces that make strong Development Teams and Development Plans.

Learning Objectives:

1.      Explore the key principles and best practices in fundraising and capacity building as demonstrated by Scott and Jon's extensive experience and expertise in the field.


2.      Understand the possibilities for scalable development plans for your team small or large.


3.      Address common misconceptions or myths surrounding fundraising and capacity building, and gain clarity on the realities and nuances of this essential aspect of organizational sustainability.


4.      Examine case studies or real-life examples from Scott and Jon's fundraising efforts, illustrating successful campaigns, challenges faced, and lessons learned.


5.      Learn about the importance of building and nurturing relationships with donors, stakeholders, and community members in successful fundraising endeavors, and how to effectively cultivate these connections.


6.      Identify potential strategies and actionable steps for organizations or individuals looking to enhance their fundraising capabilities and achieve their financial goals.

AFP Members - $20

Non-Members - $50

Read more about our speakers here.

Pending 1.5 CEs from CFRE International


Reasons Why You Can't Miss

The 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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Full participation in Fostering Future Leaders: Nurturing Talent and Strengthening Organizations through DEI is applicable for 4.0 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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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From our Friends at the

Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter

Not all ethical issues come with a literal red flag. Sometimes you don’t know you’re in for stormy weather until things are going sideways. Join four seasoned nonprofit professionals as they share their practical experience with fundraising ethics and how they successfully navigated to calm waters.  

More Details

Events Around the Region

12 Months of Fundraising: Creating an Annual Development Plan


Tuesday, May 7

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Cal Lutheran - Oxnard Center

Getting Your Organization Ready For Strategic Planning

Wednesday, May. 8, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am

Virtual Workshop via Zoom

Empowering Fundraising Professionals: Mastering Legacy Planning for Financial Security and Philanthropy


Thursday, May 9

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Regional Event Center, SLO

Red Flags in Fundraising – Been There, Done That (Unfortunately)


Thursday, May 9

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

Via Zoom

Eight Steps to Securing and Maintaining Donors


Friday, May 10

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

The Power of Data: Qualifying and Shaping Your Fundraising Strategies

Tuesday, May 14

9:00 - 10:30 am

Virtual Workshop via Zoom

Cash Flow Projections 101

Tuesday, May 14

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Virtual Workshop via Zoom

Coffee & Connections: Meet the Funders

Wednesday, May 15

8:30 - 10:30 am

California Lutheran - Oxnard Campus

LACGP Western Regional Conference

May 16-18

Westin Costa Mesa

Leading People & Organizations in Times of Change

Thursday, May 30

8:30 - 12:30 pm

Cal Lutheran Oxnard Center

Developing A Successful Strategic Plan For Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, June 5

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Cal Lutheran Oxnard Center

Budgeting 101

Thursday, June 6

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Virtual Workshop via Zoom

For Other AFP Chapter Events Around Southern California, click here.

For AFP Global Webinars, click here.

Chapter Job Center

Employment Opportunities

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Development Manager


Director of Philanthropy

Channel Islands YMCA

Raisers Edge Specialist

Casa Pacifica

Special Events Manager

Casa Pacifica

Development Director

Environmental Defense Center

Community Engagement and Development Manager

New Beginnings

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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