March 2024 Newsletter

Advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising

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Welcome Back

Dear AFP Inland Empire Members and Supporters,

I am delighted to extend a heartfelt welcome to each of you as the Board Chair of the AFP Inland Empire Chapter. It is a privilege to be in my second year as chair of this organization, and I am thrilled to be on this journey with such an inspiring group of individuals dedicated to philanthropy and community building.

I want to take a moment and thank our chapter’s board for their time, dedication, and service to our sector. We are truly fortunate to have some of the most outstanding professionals in our field gathered around the table on behalf of our sector. And if you would like to learn more about joining this fantastic group, please reach out to any of the members at our next event. We would love to talk with you about how your unique gifts and talents might be put to good use!

As we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, let us remain united in our shared vision of a world where compassion, generosity, and empathy prevail. Together, we can achieve remarkable things and leave a lasting legacy that inspires generations to come.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to AFP Inland Empire. I am honored to serve as your Board Chair, and I look forward to the incredible journey that awaits us.

Warm regards,

Kimberly Starrs, MBA, CFRE

President & CEO, Inland SoCal United Way and 211+

Save the Date!

Back by popular demand! Our Philanthropy Townhalls will be held in May and September this year at LLUH San Manuel Gateway College.


10:00 a.m. - Coffee with Funders (AFP Members Only)

11:00 a.m. - Lunch and Panel Discussion

1:00 p.m. - Adjourn

AFP Members - $30

Non-Members - $45

More details and registration opening soon.

National Philanthropy Day Nominations Open

The 2024 National Philanthropy Day Nominations are now open. Our categories include Philanthropist of the Year, Community Champion of the Year, Professional Fundraiser of the Year, and the Lifetime Service Award. The Inland Empire Chapter recognizes all the hard work and passion of community leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists across the region. We thank you for recognizing these individuals through this nomination process.

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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. 

Member News

Congratulations to our new members joining us this first quarter. We also want to congratulate our members on celebrating milestone membership anniversaries.

Welcome New Members

Greg Flores, Executive Director, Cancer for College

Amy Sausser, Director of Development, Catalyst California

Kelli Vigorito, Director, Community Partnerships, Cancer for College

Milestone Memberships

Julie Nichols - 15 years

Allan Jensen - 1 year

Salynn Simmons - 1 year

Members on the Move

Congratulations to Alyssa Cotter on becoming the new Vice President for Hope through Housing!

Have you recently taken on a new position and would like to share the news? Email the office to be recognized in our next newsletter.

Connect with Members

Calling all mentors! We are looking for mentors to share their expertise with our emerging leaders in a cohort style mentorship program. The mentee cohort will be announced at National Philanthropy Day. Each mentor will meet with the cohort during a particular month to share expertise on their particular topic. If interested, click on the button below to submit your interest.

Mentor Application


Want to take your membership to the next level? Join one of our many committees to learn a new skill and make some new friends!

Volunteer Interest

CFRE Study Group

Looking to take the CFRE Exam this year and would like to join a study group? Fill out the interest form to connect with other members.

Study Group Interest

Job Postings

Redlands Bowl Performing Arts

Redlands Bowl Performing Arts is searching for a Development Director. To find out more: Click here

Hope through Housing Foundation

Hope through Housing Foundation is searching for a Director of Philanthropy. To find out more:

Click here

Interested in posting a position with AFP Inland Empire? Click here for more details.

Activities Around Southern California



AFP Desert Communities

Bank of America Study of Philanthropy

Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage

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

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AFP Orange County

Ethical Storytelling: From Ideation to Implementation

Ebell Club Santa Ana

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

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Southern California Association for Healthcare Development

Predictive AI vs. General AI: Understanding the Balance of a Two-Sided Coin

Via Zoom

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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AFP San Diego

Funders Forum

Leichtag Commons

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

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AFP Greater Los Angeles

Becoming a CFRE in 2023

Via Zoom

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

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AFP Greater San Fernando Valley Presents

Master Class: Responsive Fundraising

Via Zoom

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

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