September 22, 2022

Are you employed by, donate to, or serve on the board of a Santa Barbara or Ventura County nonprofit?

If so, please consider joining our chapter for in-depth education, exceptional professional resources and the best networking opportunities.
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How does a CFRE benefit me? 

A big thank you to Jill Rode, CFRE and Lauren Trujillo, CFRE for speaking to members and friends about earning the Certified Fund Raising Executive certification. Both provided valuable insight to why they chose to pursue their CFRE certification, what materials and resources they used to prepare for the exam, the benefits of now being CFRE certified as well as what it means for the sector.

Lauren shared that preparing for the test helped her identify what areas she should prioritize to strengthen her knowledge as fundraiser such as donor prospecting while Jill emphasized the value being CFRE brings not only to you as an individual but to the sector as the gold standard in being a fundraiser who seeks continuing education and practicing ethical decision making.

If you are interested in learning more about earning your CFRE, Lauren and Jill have offered to answer any of your questions. You can send those to You can also visit the CFRE website to learn more about earning your certification. The October 1 application deadline is coming up. To apply, you’ll need to meet eligibility requirements in three areas: Education, Professional Practice (years professionally fundraising), and Professional Performance. 

Don’t forget that AFP members receive a 20% discount on CFRE initial certification and recertification.

Additionally, our friends at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter have a CFRE study session that meets weekly on Fridays at 2pm over Zoom. If you would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Haake at

October Taining

Ethical considerations are vital for fundraisers and leaders in nonprofit organizations. AFP members aspire to practice their profession with integrity and honesty to safeguard public trust and act according to the highest goals of their organizations. Yet, we sometimes face challenges related to gifts or donor requests that may challenge the values of the organizations we serve.


Our guest speaker Rick Wayman is a dynamic leader and experienced nonprofit professional featured in national and international media. At this workshop, Rick will offer practical tips for establishing the organization’s internal investment policies and discuss gift acceptance considerations such as oil company money. Read More

Full participation in Fundraising & Ethics: Sources of Funding - Does it Matter? is applicable for 1.0 point in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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National Philanthropy Day

Join us!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

5-7:30 p.m.

Museum of Ventura County

100 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001

Congratulations to our 2022 Honorees!

Philanthropist of the Year – Santa Barbara: The FUND for Santa Barbara 

Philanthropist of the Year – Ventura County: Steve Hearst from the Morgan Hearst Charitable Foundation

Volunteer of the Year – Santa Barbara: Planned Parenthood of CA Central Coast Book Sale Committee 

Volunteer of the Year – Ventura County: Lynda Bowman, Chair, TEACh Scholarship Fund

Professional Fundraiser of the Year – Rich Block, President & CEO, Santa Barbara Zoo

Champions for Social Justice – Diversity Collective of Ventura County

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Be the Cause

As 2022 beings to wind down, we’d like to invite you to join our effort and help us meet our 2022 goal for Be The Cause campaign. When you make a gift to the Be The Cause camping, you allow the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy to fund local, national, and international programs, including scholarships, leadership development, timely research on the latest issues and trends, and much more. Furthermore, a portion of every donor's donation goes back to our chapter to support local programs.

This year we leveraged our 2021 Be the Cause grant to award 9 scholarships to individuals in our counties to cover the cost of their AFP membership. Our members and friends made that possible – THANK YOU!

Thank you to those who have already given this year. If you like to join this elite group of donors, we invite you to make your gift today. Become our partner in helping develop fundraising professionals who can lead the sector and their respective organizations to increase philanthropic commitments for some of society's most pressing needs. 


Thank You to our 2022 Donors!

President's Club

Pamela A. Perkins-Dwyer

Alpha Society

Jennifer Caldwell

Molly Kemper

Stephanie Wilson, CFRE

Ambassador's Club - Sapphire Level

Stephen C. Baker

Tanya G. Gonzales, CFRE

Karen Kawaguchi

Elena Nicklasson

Madeline Serrano Sattler

Eryn Shugart, PhD

Ms. Lisa M Thomas, BA

Friends of the Foundation

Adrienne De Guevara

Nina Dubar

Gerardo Pantoja

Christine Trunick

Welcome, Members!

AFPSBV Board of Directors would like to thank our new and returning members for the month of August!

New Members

Nina Dunbar

Opera SB

Richard Leroy

California State University Channel Islands

Angela Miller-Bevan

Unity Shoppe

Mitchel Sloan

United Way of Ventura County

Kimberly Stroud

Ojai Raptor Center

Returning Members

Heather Brown

Ojai Raptor Center

Adrienne De Guevara

Santa Barbara Choral Society

Aria Edry

Edry and Associates

Eliza Woolley

Paso Pacifico

Join our Sister Chapter, Greater Los Angeles, at their National Philanthropy Conference and Awards Luncheon

Registration for AFP, Greater Los Angeles Chapter's NPD Conference and Awards Luncheon is officially open. After two years of a virtual-only event, we are excited to meet in-person this year. Come together with other fundraising professionals and enjoy this dynamic conference designed for fundraising professionals.


When: Friday, October 28, 2022

Where: JW Marriott, LA Live


Experience a fun and educational day featuring morning Keynote Speaker, Dr. Niki Elliott and Awards Luncheon Master of Ceremonies, Chris Schauble, KTLA 5 News


Join us and learn from a wide variety of experts and leading professionals in fundraising. Access four well-developed educational tracks and end the day networking at the Happy Hour Mixer.

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Chapter Job Center

Employment Opportunities

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Associate Director of Philanthropy

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County

Director of Development

Channel Islands YMCA

Director of Major and Legacy Gifts

Santa Barbara City College Foundation

Membership Manager

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Development Assistant

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Director Resource Development Marketing

United Way of Ventura County

Donor Relations and Stewardship Specialist

CSU Channel Islands

Director of Advancement Operations

CSU Channel Islands

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

CSU Channel Islands

Part-Time Development Coordinator

Conejo Free Clinics

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.
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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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