October 2023 Newsletter
President's Message
I am so excited to celebrate National Philanthropy Day with you next month. If you haven’t purchased your ticket or table there is still time. But, don’t wait too long, I am positive we are going to sell out. Please join us as we congratulate this year’s winners!

We will also be having a special keynote speaker this year, Wendy McKinnery, who will be inspiring us with stories and observations from her new book, Busy Doing What? Before becoming an author, Wendy worked in the nonprofit sector most recently as a Chief Development Officer and she is a member of the AFP San Diego Chapter. 

I look forward to seeing you at NPD!
Loren Leidinger
Recap of this month’s program
Create and Elevate Your Nonprofit's Annual Report

Last month, your local AFP chapter hosted an informative meeting with Verdin Marketing on creating annual reports. We engaged in insightful discussions on crafting impactful annual reports while enjoying a delicious boxed lunch made for us by Chef's Table Catering. Mary Verdin and Riley Grim shared their expertise on various aspects of creating an annual report, including defining and breaking down audience groups, determining messaging, and storytelling through visuals and text. They emphasized the importance of showcasing the impact of an organization through success stories and testimonials, as well as providing financial health checkups and a donor list. An interesting tip they mentioned was mailing the reports to donors with a personalized note, like a sticky note attached. 

There were MANY more tips and tricks (including a crash course in using Canva!), and we all walked away feeling a little more prepared to roll up our sleeves and write those annual reports!
As members of AFP, it is important to continue learning from industry experts such as Verdin Marketing to stay on top of best practices in our field. We thank Mary for her time and Cuesta College for hosting us!
Upcoming Program
Save the Date!
Thursday, December 14, 2023
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
979 Morro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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


Our December 14th program will be held at the new and beautiful Region wine bar, located in downtown San Luis Obispo! We are excited to come together as a community at this space and we hope you are too!

National Philanthropy Day
NPD 2023
Join us for a celebration of philanthropy within the San Luis Obispo County Community!
Every year the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day to recognize the generosity in our community and the work of fundraisers like you. You now have until November 10 to register, use the link below to secure your spot!

Thank you to our incredible sponsors for National Philanthropy Day 2023!

Premier Sponsor
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News From AFP Global
Free webinars hosted by AFP this November

The Best Fundraising Software for Your Organization
November 1st, 2023
Link to register here

Mid-level Masterclass: How to Build A Scalable and Lasting Mid Level Donor Base
November 9th, 2023
Link to register here

Data-Driven Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Fundraising Success
November 9th, 2023
Link to register here
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. 
Office Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County

Philanthropy Coordinator
The Community Foundation, SLO County

Executive Director
San Luis Obispo County YMCA

Executive Director
Pacific Wildlife Care
Board of Directors
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.
AFP San Luis Obispo County Chapter