September 7, 2023

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September Training

The Important Relationship between CEOs and Development Directors

One of the most important relationships in a nonprofit organization is the working rapport between the executive director/CEO and the development/advancement director. For organizations that depend heavily on fundraising to support operations, programs, and capital projects, this is the team that leads the way, opening doors, cultivating prospects, and maintaining productive donor relationships. The organization’s supporters are best served when these two positions are in sync. The executive director/CEO’s effectiveness at fundraising is a direct reflection of the shared values and vision of the advancement/development department and its director. The performance of the fundraising program is enhanced by a continuous open and honest exchange between the executive director/CEO and the advancement/development director. It is essential that the executive director/CEO recognize their role in and responsibility for fundraising and be responsive to suggestions and requests from the advancement/development director.


In line with maintaining this healthy relationship, is the recognition of the value of participation in activities of the local AFP chapter. The organization’s fundraising programs are enriched through the exchange of information and dialogue encouraged by the AFP chapter. Nurturing and supporting the involvement of the organization’s fundraising staff in the chapter’s activities helps elevate performance and build professional development. There is no downside to participating, but there is truly a lost opportunity for those who opt not to engage.


The speaker hopes that presenting these two ideas, the important relationship between the CEO and Advancement Director and the value of participating in AFP chapter activities.

Sept 21st, 11:30AM - 1PM 

Carpinteria Arts Center, 865 Linden Ave., Carpinteria CA 93013

Cost $40 for members and $50 for non members - Lunch is included.

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Full participation in The Important Relationship between CEOs and Development Directors is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

2023 National Philanthropy Day

Congratulations to our 2023 Honorees!

Philanthropist of the Year: Santa Barbara 

The Ann Jackson Family Foundation

Philanthropist of the Year: Ventura County 

Doug Yarrow

Volunteer of the Year: Santa Barbara 

Ahmad Nooristani 

Savie Health

Volunteer of the Year: Ventura County 

Mary Looby

Ventura County Fire Department Community Service Volunteer

Professional Fundraiser of the Year:

 Stephanie Wilson, CFRE

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Youth in Philanthropy

Jackson Gillies

Champion for Social Justice:

Juneteenth Santa Barbara

Simone Akila, Jordan Killebrew, and Chiany Dri

Event Details

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Santa Barbara Zoo

Ticket Prices

AFP Members - $50

Non-Members - $75

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Why it Matters: A Dialogue on Women's Giving


Monday, September 11 Noon

Measuring Your Mission


Tuesday, September 12 9:00 a.m.

AFP Deep Dive: Customizing Your Stellar Fundraising Stories to Succeed in Grant Seeking

(AFP Global)

Tuesday, September 12 10:00 a.m.

Roundtable: Getting to know the numbers - How to Read 990’s, Balance Sheets, & Budgets


Tuesday, September 12 11:30 a.m.

AFP Complimentary Webinar (Sponsored): Chicken Little Called… And She Wants Her Headlines Back

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 13 10:00 a.m.

Grant Writing Basics


Thursday, September 14 9:00 a.m.

Emerging Leader Virtual Bookclub - Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits by Julia Campbell

(AFP Global)

Thursday, September 14 11:30 a.m.

Meet the Funder - Sara Straubel from The Ahmanson Foundation


Thursday, September 14 12:00 p.m.

(NEW DATE) AFP Deep Dive: How to Recession Proof Your Organization's Finances

(AFP Global)

Monday, September 18 9:00 a.m.

Fundraising Academy Session 4: Supercharge Your Fundraising Board


Tuesday, September 19 10:30 a.m.

AFP Webinar: The State of Online Fundraising 2023

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 20 10:00 a.m.

AFP Deep Dive: How to Use New Tools and Technology for Your Capital Campaign Planning

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 20 10:00 a.m.

AFP Deep Dive: A Development Professional’s Guide to Human Resources (3-day series)

(AFP Global)

Monday, September 25 10:00 a.m.

CFRE: Elevating Your Fundraising Career


Tuesday, September 26 10:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections


Wednesday, September 27 9:00 a.m.

(NEW DATES) AFP Deep Dive: Unlocking The Potential of Gifts in Wills (Advanced) (3-day series)

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 27 10:00 a.m.

AFP Complimentary Webinar (Sponsored): What To Do At Year-End: Cultivating Mid-Size Donors

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 27

Do This, Not That: Appealing to Year-End Donors with Strategy & Creativity!


Thursday, September 28 9:00 a.m.

Memorable Messaging: Conversations that make an impact


Wednesday, October 4 9:00 a.m.

Affinity Group Meetings

Arts & Culture Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Monday, September 11 10:00 a.m.

Black/African American Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 13 11:00 a.m.

Disability Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Thursday, September 14 11:00 a.m.

Faith-Based Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Monday, September 18 10:00 a.m.

Education Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Monday, September 18 11:00 a.m.

Asian, Pacific Islander Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 20 Noon

Latinx Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Thursday, September 21 11:00 a.m.

Health Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Tuesday, September 26 Noon

Working Moms Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 27 11:00 a.m.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Meeting

(AFP Global)

Wednesday, September 27 Noon

Chapter Job Center

Employment Opportunities

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Associate Director of Development, Parent and Family Giving

UC Santa Barbara

Development Assistant, Regional Giving

UC Santa Barbara

Executive Director

San Luis Obispo County YMCA

Association Development Administrator

Channel Islands YMCA

Development Manager

Fielding Graduate University

Leadership Giving Officer

The Thacher School

Chief Advancement Officer


Director of Development

Carpinteria Children's Project

Director of Development

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Director of Development

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Prospect Management & Donor Research Specialist

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

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Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Founded in 1960, AFP International (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) advances philanthropy through over 33,000 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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