March 2024 Newsletter
President's Message
Greetings and Happy March!

As we look forward to the spring and more great AFP programs and events in 2024, I would like to urge you to invite your board members to our events. So often, we complain that our board members don’t help us fundraise, so let’s invite them into our world. They probably don’t know what we do every day to raise awareness about our work, write or manage direct mail appeals and e-newsletters and communications. They probably don’t know what it takes to create and sustain a social media presence or how to prospect, cultivate, and steward major donors. They might not know what it takes to carry out fundraising events or to create an annual fundraising plan. 

Let us help you! The more they know, the more they will give us grace and support. 

Hope to see you all on March 14 at our next workshop!

With Gratitude,

P.S.: For our nonprofit friends with small operating budgets under $2 million with less than 2 full time fundraising staff, you may want to consider a Small Nonprofit AFP membership. It’s only $125 plus a $60 chapter dues and is transferable if your development professional leaves, as opposed to the Individual Professional membership, which is $290 plus $45 in chapter dues.  
Join the SLO Chapter of AFP Today!
Are you employed by, donate to, or serve on the board of a San Luis Obispo County nonprofit? If so, please consider joining our chapter. With your membership, you will enjoy a wealth of career-building programs, educational resources, networking opportunities and exclusive member discounts. Learn more.
Coming Up This Month
We hope you can join us!
Thursday, March 14, 2024
11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

1030 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Registration $35
Discounted tickets for AFP SLO County members with code $25
Includes lunch

*Please note that registrants may begin arriving at 11:30 a.m. but the program officially begins at 12:00 p.m. We have added an additional 30 minutes to allow for networking opportunities, lunch service, and less of a rush for those with meetings before or after the program.

Join us for an exciting event, AI in Fundraising 101, where we'll explore the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on fundraising. Discover how AI can revolutionize your fundraising efforts and help you achieve remarkable results.

Choose your lunch option during registration. Lunch will be catered by Urbane Cafe. Register below!
Thu, Mar 14, 2024 11:30 AM PST
AI in Fundraising 101
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO), San Luis Obispo
Recap of the February Program
We had an amazing mixer last month at KROBĀR. Folks connected and made the most of the Vibrant Networking Opportunities available. Truly a hub of dynamic interaction, this event proved to be an exceptional opportunity for both making new professional acquaintances and rekindling previous connections. Attendees were deeply engaged in conversations; this is why we go, right? 

Keep an eye on the calendar for our next mixer, you won’t want to miss it!
We welcomed the following New and Renewed members to the chapter last month:

Alexandra Chamberlain: Tolosa Children’s Dental Center
Austin Solheim: El Camino Homeless Organization
Erika Martin: Must Charities
Heather Muran: Reach Central Coast
Kelley Abbas
Marilyn Bishop: Cal Poly 
Tessa Espinoza: French Hospital Foundation
Wendy Lauchland: The Lauchland Group
News From AFP Global
Free Webinars Hosted by AFP this February

Maximizing Major Gift Officer Success: Strategies for Relationship Management
March 27, 2024 1 p.m. EST
Click here to learn more
Member Feature
Katie Osman

My love for the AFP SLO County Chapter is rooted in my love for our community. I was born and raised in SLO County and attended Cuesta College and Cal Poly. A transformative internship during my time at Cal Poly ignited my passion for philanthropy, prompting me to dedicate my senior project to fundraising for a local nonprofit organization. I vividly remember thinking, “I can’t believe people actually get to do this for a living!”

After a brief stint in the Bay Area, my heart pulled me back to SLO County, where I began my career in higher education fundraising at Cuesta College in 2016, turning that initial realization into a reality. Nearly eight years later, I am still in awe of the impactful work we do, the incredible people we get to collaborate with, and the missions we have the privilege to support. While my dedication to our community remains steadfast, I have recently expanded my work to the state level through a role with the Foundation for California Community Colleges. In this capacity, I support statewide fundraising for the nation’s largest system of higher education, which includes 116 community colleges and nearly 2 million students in the state of California.

My AFP journey, from event attendee to serving as a board member, has been truly transformative. Collaborating with inspiring colleagues, continuous learning, and actively contributing to program and event development has been pivotal to my professional and personal growth. It is a genuine honor to serve as a board member of the AFP SLO County Chapter, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to connect with each of you on a more personal level.
Chapter Job Center
AFP San Luis Obispo County Chapter proudly connects individuals and organizations through job opportunities in development and fundraising on the Central Coast. Click here to learn more about each posting. 
Executive Director
Montecito Family YMCA
Have a Fundraiser Coming Up?
Got an upcoming event? Shoot us a direct message on Instagram or Facebook once you've posted, and we'll feature it on our stories! Make sure to follow us using the links below so you don't miss the chance to spread the word!
Invite Your Board Members!
AFP Educational luncheons are a GREAT way to help engage your board members. March's program is focused on AI, think about inviting a BOD member who sits on the communications or marketing committee!
Board of Directors
AFP San Luis Obispo County Chapter