May 2021
President’s Message

Dear fellow AFP-GLAC Members,

Spring has sprung and as the hills green up and COVID restrictions loosen, AFP-GLAC is busy preparing for several impactful programs and events in the months ahead.

Please make plans to join us for our next IDEA session on May 25th. It features a conversation with Marla A. Parker, Ph.D., who is an Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Department of Political Science and Co-Founder, Civic and Social Innovation Group at California State University-Los Angeles. Dr. Parker will explore with us why the words we use matter so much in the development of a culture of equity and inclusion. Register at

I also hope you’ll join us for Afternoons with AFP-GLAC on May 27th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It’s a great way to re-connect with friends and make new ones during a relaxed and informal conversation. Check in and check it out. I think you’ll find it a great way to build your network and share advice. Be sure to watch your inbox for an invitation. 

You’ll also be receiving word about our next Virtual Emerging Leaders Event on June 8th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This is proving to be a popular way to develop the skills and knowledge those who are newer to the profession may need to advance their careers. 

Finally, be sure to save the date for our Virtual National Philanthropy Day and Awards program on November 5, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Co-Chairs, Nicole Capossela and Diana Corbin, are busy with their committee creating another outstanding day of learning and celebration. I do hope you’ll join us.
AFP Global is offering excellent content for members, too. Interested in preparing to take the CFRE exam? Check out AFP Global’s CFRE Refresher Virtual Course. It’s described as an “an intensive 16-hour (4-day series) program intended to provide an overview of the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam.” You can learn more at

Of course you don’t have to wait for scheduled events to advance your skills and network with your fellow fund development professionals. Go to and see conversations on topics as varied as legacy gifts, naming guidelines and capital campaigns. The AFP Global website also has information on fundraising effectiveness, job postings, a fundraising dictionary and more. Take a moment and explore our chapter’s website and AFP Global’s, too. You may be surprised at what you find.

As always, I encourage you to engage with us, get involved and strive to make the most of your membership. If I can be of service in that regard, please let me know. Connect with me at or give me a call at (626) 821-2315. I’d be happy to talk with you. 
Best regards,
Mike Driebe, MSLM, CFRE
Chapter President
Second Quarter Programs &
Continuing Education
Your AFP-GLAC Program Committee is excited to continue offering exceptional educational programs for our members and fundraising community. For the foreseeable future, our events will be held virtually and if possible transition to in-person or hybrid by the end of the year. Our commitment remains steadfast in providing quality educational experiences for you. Please review our calendar of events and save the dates on your calendar.

Thank you,
Andrea Salazar
VP of Programs
Desert Chapter Session: May 21, 2001, 11:30 a.m. (registration link)
  • Making the Most of Your Board of Directors

Virtual IDEA Session: May 25, 2021, 10:30 a.m. (registration link)
  • Our Words Matter: Creating a More Equitable World with Words

Afternoons with AFP: May 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Emerging Leaders Event: June 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
  • Topic Pending

Bring a Friend- Mix and Mingle: June 17, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Meet and greet, and laugh and learn, grow, and thrive with your fellow members.

See the website for details as they become available
National Philanthropy Day 2021
Save-the-Date: Friday, November 5, 2021
AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter invites you to the 36th annual National Philanthropy Day Conference and Luncheon!

National Philanthropy Day is an opportunity for AFP members to celebrate the philanthropic work that everyone does to make a difference and create impact in their communities.

The event will be virtual again this year, and the theme is: A Brave New World of Fundraising: Learning Big Lessons, Setting Big Goals. 

Mark your calendars and plan to join us! Also, keep a look out for sponsorship opportunities and award nominations soon.

Feel free to send your ideas for the event to this year’s Chair Nicole Capossela ( and Vice-Chair Diana Corbin, CFRE (
Be a Partner in Philanthropy Through Sponsorship
A Special Invitation to become a Partner in Philanthropy

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising for the past 50 years. Members throughout the world advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising by providing education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

The purpose of the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) program is to provide companies, foundations and individuals the opportunity to invest in a year-round marketing strategy while enhancing the expertise level of fundraising professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition, partnership opportunities underwrite scholarship opportunities for professionals who cannot afford to attend development seminars and conferences.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
  • Virtual Events
  • In-Person Events
  • Special Events
  • Advertising

For more information, please click here.

Contact Lupita Garza for questions and assistance at
Membership Update
From your VP of Membership, Melanie Elliott

We’d Love to Hear from You!

Let us know if you have a suggestion or an idea of how we can improve your membership experience. We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to me at
Membership Spotlight: Darryl Mori
Darryl Mori is Executive Director, Foundation and Government Relations at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. He started in fundraising as a writer in Development Communications at UCLA and later did frontline fundraising at UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum. Darryl has been an AFP member for 13 years. He shared a memory of his first AFP meeting, “I remember how generous everyone was in sharing insights with me. I gained a wonderful community of peers who have become friends and professional resources for me.” AFP events also provide him with opportunities to stay current with the L.A. nonprofit sector. Regarding the challenges of this past year, Darryl added, “Being a fundraiser has given me a front row seat in seeing people doing really good deeds—and I’ve been able to help them. That’s been positive in a year when we’ve needed every positive moment we can find.”

Thank you for your contributions to the nonprofit world, Darryl!
-    Melanie Elliott, VP, Membership

If you know someone you think would like to be featured in our monthly Member Spotlights, please email Membership Committee Member, Maya Maley at
AFP-GLAC: Bring A Friend – Mix & Mingle
Thursday, June 17, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Join us for our first virtual Bring A Friend - Mix & Mingle! This is a fun opportunity to connect with other fundraisers, play some fun AFP trivia games, and invite others to join our AFP-GLAC family.
If you bring a friend who is not currently a member, you’ll automatically receive credit^ to attend 1 AFP event for FREE*! You and your guest will also receive 1 entry into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the place of your choice. 
As an added bonus for you and your guest, if they join AFP-GLAC within 7 days of the Mix & Mingle, they will be entered into a drawing for a free AFP membership and, if they win, you’ll receive a $50 gift card as well. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for the Invitation and RSVP link toward the end of the month. We hope to see everyone there!

^Credit may be in the form of a coupon code
*Credit excludes the NPD Conference
Afternoons with AFP-GLAC

Afternoons with AFP-GLAC, our free, members-only monthly “happy hour” is going strong! We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 4:00pm via Zoom. Afternoons with AFP-GLAC is where we provide a safe space to celebrate successes, get assistance and hang out with other like-minded fundraising colleagues. All members will receive an email invite soon!
AN AMAZING MEMBER BENEFIT - $40 Credit for Online Learning Opportunities

As a thank you to all members, AFP Global is offering a $40 credit for online learning opportunities. This offer is good through June 2021. Click on the link for more information:
Membership Installment Plan Available!

We understand that individuals and organizations may be watching their budgets this year. In recognition of that, AFP Global offers a membership installment plan for Associate and Professional categories of membership. This plan is available for members renewing their membership and to newly joining members. For information about the installment plan click Installment Plan.
To join or renew for the other categories, click Join AFP.

For those who work at small shops, you might be interested in signing up for the following. There may still be openings.
AFP Global CFRE Refresher Virtual Course 4-Day Series

The AFP CFRE Refresher Virtual Course is an intensive 16-hour (4-day series) program intended to provide an overview of the six knowledge domains of the CFRE exam. The course is not presented in a lecture format; rather, it is a combination of a high-level review, self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices – all of which are facilitated by a knowledgeable fundraising practitioner using a caselet approach.

May 17, May 19, May 24 & May 26 (12:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern) each day, 4-day series
$390 (Members); $490 (Non-Members) CFRE Refresher registration link
Complete Your Demographic Information 

AFP is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession. By providing your demographic information in your AFP member profile, you can assist us in promoting these principles.
Welcome to our New Members! Thank you!
Katrina Barron
Juliette Cagigas
Carter Calhoun

Alyce Coley
Cari Jackson Lewis, Esquire, BA, JD, LLM
Deanthony Nelson
Thank you to our Renewed Members!
Logan Allison
Marisol Barrios, MSPA, APR
Ann Marie Bedtke
Yuri E Casco, CFRE
John Charnay
Diana Corbin CFRE
Mary Fagnano
Megan Filippello
Melissa Fuentes
Charlotte Lacey
Jonathan Lipton

Stephanie Lopez
Molly Moen, MBA
Patricia Ostiller, CFRE
Genevieve Riutort
LeAnne Scroggs
Ellen Sell
Monique Sewell
Heather Siemienas CFRE
Jackie Suiter
Dasha Thomas
Melyora Trujilo
Organizations that have renewed, we thank you!
Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation
Angelica Center For Arts & Music
To those celebrating AFP Anniversaries this month, we thank you so much for your continued support of AFP Global and our GLAC Chapter!
Yulanda N. Davis-Quarrie, M.S. CFRE– 31 years
Kate Rosloff– 31 years
Jacqueline M. Williams– 28 years
Shannon Boalt– 23 years
Michael Driebe, CFRE – 22 years
Jay V. Berger – 20 years
Lupita C. Garza, CFRE – 18 years
Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC – 11 years
Jane Woods – 10 years
James C Ramsey, BA – 7 years
Marilee Janine Potthoff, BA– 6 years
Kelsey Picken – 4 years
Yvette Herrera – 4 years
Dr. Thomas Bates – 3 years
James Lau – 3 year
Mike Amerikaner – 2 years
Elizabeth Ridenour – 2 years
Christina Shirinyan, MPA – 2 years
Amanda Keady– 1 year
Karen Dunphy, CFRE - LA Archdiocese

  • If you earned your CFRE in 2020, please let us know and we will post on the AFP-GLAC website

Members on the Move:

Ways to Improve Your Membership Experience

Let us know if you have a suggestion or an idea of how we can improve your membership experience. We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to Melanie Elliott, VP of Membership at
IDEA Updates
IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Committee

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee helps to set the tone and culture for AFP-GLAC and is responsible for creating and promoting safe spaces within the chapter for AFP-GLAC members, board leadership, program presenters, independent contractors and program content. It is comprised of board members and members who are committed to ensuring that the voices, perspectives and experiences of underrepresented groups are elevated, amplified and celebrated throughout the chapter and sector. 

The Power of the Pause

This month, IDEA News and Updates comes after an elongated period of reflection and thought.
The heinous acts of violence observed on March 16th, which took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women, shook our nation, and equally shook the IDEA Committee as we felt the heaviness of this event within ourselves, while understanding how best to show solidarity for our colleagues and the nonprofit sector who identify with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

During a month that celebrates Women’s History, it was not lost on us the reflection that was prompted, as we aimed to hold space and process what it means to be a woman, a member of the AAPI communities, and/or a comrade in the fight for equity and justice.

Regrettably, since this day, we have continuously been reminded of the loss of Black and Brown individuals to police violence and systemic oppression, whether it be with the guilty conviction of Derek Chauvin, the hearing of multiple officer-involved shootings and mass shootings at supermarkets and in the community, or the continued acts of race-based violence against the AAPI community, as well as street vendors, who are overwhelmingly immigrant, Hispanic and Latino. It’s been heavy.

We have come to understand that we have been experiencing is collective trauma. According to Kaiser Permanente, collective trauma “is a shared emotional reaction to a terrible event. People often feel powerless as a result of these experiences. In a nation as large as ours, it’s uncommon to have the whole country experience trauma at the same time, and yet we’ve had several events like that in the past year.”
To learn more about how to handle the collective trauma of police violence, mass shootings and a pandemic, we recommend this article.

Collective trauma is real, and as we enter Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we encourage you to engage in self-care and take some time to rest, breathe and reflect. Rest can be restorative and is a critical component of our longevity, as we continue to activate and pursue equity and justice as a sector.
Now more than ever, we invite you to embrace the power of the pause – a revolutionary act of rest, reflection, and recharge that aims to restore and repair your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Whether that’s done through yoga, meditation, music, movement, or quiet time, we invite you to do what feels right for you. We are #OneAFP.

Here are some resources to kickstart your rest and reflection:
57 Of the Best Feel-Good Songs (ELLE) to move and groove to!
List of Oprah’s Seven Books that Help Her Through Tough Times (Oprah Daily)
13 Best Positive Affirmation Apps (Happier Human) a daily dose of happy!

Upcoming Virtual IDEA Session

We invite you to continue the conversation at our next virtual IDEA session, Our Words Matter: Creating a More Equitable World With Words on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 10:30 AM – Noon.

Join AFP-GLAC’s IDEA (Inclusion. Diversity. Equity. Access.) Committee and Marla A. Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Department of Political Science and Co-Founder, Civic and Social Innovation Group at California State University-Los Angeles as she helps us to unpack why words matter more than ever. She’ll lead us on an interactive exploration of the types of language and terminology that encourages a culture of constant learning and growth, which is critical in navigating a landscape where language changes. You’ll be given a blueprint of practical strategies, tools and resources that can ultimately be used as the building blocks towards a more equitable sector and world. This event has been approved for 1.5 CEs from CFRE International.

Resources for Regrouping and Reflection

Integrating IDEA Into Everything We Do - Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Stand Together: Stop Anti-AAPI Racism and Violence - Mary M. Luke, Board of Directors, UN Women USA and Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC) Advisory Committee Member

Asians must be a part of our story, too – john a. powell, Director, Other & Belonging Institute

Join Us
If you want to make an impact and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and access through AFP-GLAC and in your own non-profit, join the I.D.E.A. Committee.

Please email for more information!
Volunteer Opportunities
Call to Action

Many of our chapter activities are hosted by wonderful volunteers. We invite you to be part of our amazing cadre of volunteers in 2021.

Opportunities Available
Membership Committee - VP, Melanie Elliott, MFA,
In the membership committee you have the opportunity to send monthly emails to new members, renewing members, lapsed members, and members on the cusp of lapsing.

Make phone calls to welcome new members. Assist at the membership table during monthly meetings. Answer questions for new members or direct them to the correct resource or contact. Send emails to prospective members with information about joining AFP, and assist in writing Member Spotlights that will appear in our chapter newsletter.

Education Committee - VP, Andrea Salazar,  
Providing educational opportunities is one of the primary services that AFP provides to its members. Play an important role by helping to develop workshop and luncheon topics and securing speakers. We are seeking a wide variety of perspectives to ensure we are meeting the diverse needs of our membership.

Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) Committee – Chair, Lupita Garza, CFRE,
The PIP Committee is responsible for raising funds through sponsorships from individuals or businesses interested in promoting their services through AFP advertising opportunities and events.

Ethics Committee – Chair, Barbara Bushnell, CFRE,
The Ethics Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the annual Ethics Breakfast, scheduled for October 5, 2021 at The Cathedral. The committee will determine the program, panel or speaker and work to publicize this free event to the chapter’s members. In addition, the committee will develop an on-going ethics education program that will be a part of regular chapter communications.

National Philanthropy Day – Chair, Nicole Capossela,

NPDCAL – Session Development/Planning
Help with the conference component of our event by developing educational tracks/sessions, as well as seek out potential speakers. Develop a post-event survey to collect feedback from attendees and provide feedback to participating speakers. Help secure speakers, sponsors and attendees throughout the year.

NPDCAL - Awards Luncheon/Program
Calling all event planners! National Philanthropy Day Awards volunteers will help with the nomination and application process nominees prior to our celebration. Printing materials are ready for printing; and help with the planning of the logistics with the support of event producers. The day of the event, these committee members will help welcome honorees and their guests to ensure they feel special and welcome. Help secure speakers, sponsors and attendees throughout the year.

For more information on volunteering opportunities contact Susan Addleman at or visit our website by clicking Volunteer Opportunities!
AFP Government Updates
Last week was our very first Virtual Lobby Week held by AFP chapters all over the nation. Some are still be coordinated to happen in future weeks. These meetings are critically important to ensure that legislative representatives hear our various numerous nonprofits whom we represent.  If you are not aware of the legislations that you should champion, please read about them here:

Be sure to become familiar with the above legislations so that you can inform your donors and your agency leadership. If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to me at or 626-282-4151 X113.

Yulanda N. Davis-Quarrie, M.S., CFRE
Chair, Government Relations
Global Updates
Keynote Speakers, Education Sessions and More!
AFP ICON VIRTUAL takes place June 28-30! By tuning in for the virtual experience, you’ll hear from keynote speakers Heather McGhee and Wes Moore; have access to timely education sessions covering every conceivable type of fundraising, from major and planned gifts to online giving and donor retention, as well as key topics such as leadership, ethics and inclusion, diversity, equity and access; and have the chance to connect with fundraisers from around the world! Click below to learn more.
Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC
Immediate Past President & Global WII Member
Closing Thoughts
  • “Life is a boomerang. What you give, you get.” We invite you to get involved in AFP-GLAC. Together we can advance the philanthropy profession and support the professional growth and opportunities for our membership.
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