September 2021
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President’s Message

Dear fellow AFP-GLAC Members and Friends,
I recently came across a quote I thought I would share: 
"Integrity is the choice between what’s convenient and what’s right."
This is from the book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, by Super Bowl winning coach, Tony Dungy. Among the topics Dungy writes about are character, honesty, integrity, humility, stewardship, and courage. He offers these reflections after years of working with young men to develop careers of significance- through the qualities noted above, as well as, family, faith, and positive influence, over image.    
What does all this have to do with our careers in fund development? I believe there are a lot of parallels. All of us face tremendous pressure to succeed, and exceed our performance from the prior year, each and every year. That success is often measured solely by the amount of revenue we bring in, and while that is essential to ensuring our organizations have the resources needed to serve our clients, that focus can come at a high price. We can risk losing sight of the principles of ethical practice that are so important to our character as fundraisers, and so important to the relationships we have with our donors. We need to remember that long after the year is over and our revenue targets have come and gone, our very integrity and level of honesty, appropriate stewardship, courage in the face of pressure, and humility in the support of our missions, will long remain.
I am very proud of our chapter and our profession and hope you are, too. I also hope each of you will join in AFP’s effort to promote an ethical practice that encompasses all that Coach Dungy espouses. It isn’t always easy, but there are resources here and at AFP Global that are designed to help us do just that. Please take advantage of the webinars Global has available; come to our upcoming Virtual Ethics Educational Event on October 5th from 09:00 to 10:30 a.m.; participate in the October 12th Virtual Roundtable; or simply reach out to a fellow member to talk about an issue. 
You are critical to the difference your organization makes to those it serves, but equally important is the inherent impact that lies in the kind of practitioner you choose to be. As we prepare for the fourth quarter “push,” please accept my best wishes for a year of success and one of uncommon significance, too. 

Best Regards,
Mike Driebe, MSLM, CFRE
Chapter President
Upcoming 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
AFP Global Women’s Impact Initiative                    September 23,2021, 10:30 a.m.
Issues Women Face in the Fundraising Profession-Zoom Seminar

Liz LeClair, Volunteer Chair of the Women’s Impact Committee and Taryn Gold, Associate Vice President of Chapter Engagement at AFP Global

In this session, attendees can look forward to a thought-provoking conversation about the work of the Women’s Impact Initiative. In this session, you’ll learn about the research, programs, and successes of the work to raise the awareness of the issues women in fundraising face.
Afternoons with AFP-GLAC                                       September 30, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Via Zoom
After a couple months off for the summer, we are excited to bring back Afternoons with AFP-GLAC, our monthly MEMBERS ONLY, virtual “happy hour!” All GLAC members will receive an email invite soon!
Shifting Behaviors Through Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access
A collaboration with AFP Chicago                             October 1, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
We are living in a moment of time where acts of performative allyship are at an all-time high. How do we shut out the noise and focus on the work at hand? How do we come together and begin to dismantle systems that don’t serve us? There are many approaches we can take, but we must start at the beginning and take steps together.
Virtual Ethics Seminar                                                  October 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Speaker: Mark L. Hefter, Ethics and Nonprofit Law and Governance Expert

Mr. Mark Hefter will be presenting our yearly Ethics Breakfast via Zoom. Mr. Hefter is currently the Chair of AFP’s International Ethics Committee and has served AFP in many capacities including President of New York Chapter, member of the International Board, Chair of US Government Relations Committee, and member of the AFP PAC Board. He has provided fundraising, management, governance, and ethics training to over two hundred non-profit agencies and professional councils throughout the US and internationally.

Virtual Roundtables                                                       October 12, 2021
Information to follow
National Philanthropy Day                                              November 5, 2021
See article below
AFP-GLAC Holiday Mixer and Inspirational Luncheon   December 7, 2021
Event planned as in-person at the Omni Los Angeles. Information to follow in the coming months.
National Philanthropy Day 2021: Friday, November 5, 2021
A Brave New World of Fundraising
Sign-up now and look forward to celebrating NPD and taking advantage of the educational and career development opportunities.
Sneak Peak into Sessions Already on Schedule:
Here are the session titles/tracks:
  • A Brave New World of Fundraising - Learning BIG Lessons, Setting BOLD Goals (Keynote)
  • Privilege, Access, and Power: How Funders Can Lead the Charge to advance Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
  • Communicating with Donors When Disasters Strike (Donor Communications)
  • Revisiting, Reminding, and Refreshing Your Brand (Leadership/Branding)
  • Managing Career Change: Staying Nimble as a Fundraiser (Career Development)
  • The Power of Boards in Aligning Mission and Strategy in 2021 and Beyond (Board Management)
  • Reimagining the Way You Engage with Major Donors (Major Gifts/Donor Engagement)
National Philanthropy Day: An Applause for Awardees
AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s will present the 2021 National Philanthropy Day Awards to the following institutions:
  • Outstanding Corporate Foundation Award        City National Bank
  • Outstanding Private Foundation Award               Sugar & Stilettos Charitable Foundation
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Organization Award         St. Vincent Meals on Wheels
  • Spirit of Philanthropy Award                                Guadalupe Radio

Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees of this year’s National Philanthropy Day Awards!
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
Welcome to our New Members and Organizations! Thank you!
July 2021
Rachel Abelson
Gemma Berry
Jessica Bourque
Xochiltl Bravo
Paige Hart
Bianca Hasten
Sara Langley
Nora McCarl
Lucie Russo
EJ Sorrell

Planned Parenthood
August 2021
Patricia Berni
Kim Ferreira
Jason Frazier
Nneka Gigi
Marshall Kaputsos
Joyce Labriola
Tammy Messina
Thank you to our Renewed Members!
July 2021
Jay Allen
Crissi Avila
Jay V. Berger
Shikha Bhatnagar
Ms. Johanna Clark
Ms. Lolly Colombo
Susan Lee DeRemer, CFRE
Michael Driebe, CFRE
Mia Dunn
Heather Even, MA
Caitlyn Ference-Saunders
Liliane Elizabeth Ribeiro
Maggie Trigueros

Planned Parenthood

August 2021
Susan Addleman CFRE
Mrs. Serena Bernolak
Erica Blodgett
Noel Corbin
Marla Eglash Abraham
Maryellen Gleason
Lindsey Lansburgh
Ms. Tiffany Leung, MPA
Mallory Loring
Lizette Mendoza
Cari B. Uslan, CFRE
Mr. Jeremy A. Weinstein, MS, BA
Ms. Molly Ann Woods, CFRE
Mr. Matthew P. Zarcufsky, CFRE

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Joining AFP is Easy!

We understand that individuals and organizations may be watching their budgets this year. AFP provides two ways of making joining easier.

Installment Plan
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, click Join AFP
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
$40 Credit for Online Learning Opportunities (Members Only)

As a thank you to our members, AFP Global is offering a $40 credit for their online learning opportunities for Members Only! Offer is good through September 2021) Click here and login for more information: $40 Credit
AFP Connect Webpage is Updated

We are excited to introduce these online community forums and provide a place for our members to share information and insights, learn more from colleagues on particular topics, and connect with fellow AFP members! Login to Learn, Connect and Grow!: AFP Connect
AFP Member Benefit

To help train you and your staff, members have access to the AFP Online Knowledge Center. You can register for upcoming webinarsMicro-Learning videosAFP Fundamentals of Fundraising eLearning courses and along with other courses at a discounted member rate. Free webinars are available to members from time to time as well.
To those celebrating AFP Anniversaries for August and September, especially those members who joined during the pandemic, thank you so much for your continued support of AFP Global and our GLAC Chapter! 
Rhonda J. Beltran – 31 years
Anna Weiser – 12 years
Tracy K Rice – 11 years
Sarah Todd – 10 years
Melissa Froehlich, MA – 8 years
Ruby C. Guerrero, MA – 7 years
Marlene Diane Casillas – 7 years
Cris Lutz – 5 years
Erin Mascho – 5 years
Rebecca Ann Nelson CFRE – 5 years
Clara Chiu – 4 years
Johanna Clark – 3 years
Monica Lee Copeland, MA, CFRE – 3 years
Michelle Aland – 2 years
Lily Fuentez – 2 years
Albert Hernandez – 2 years
Marla Eglash Abraham – 2 years
Linwood Boomer – 1 year
Elizabeth A. LaBorde – 29 years
Angela M. Howell – 25 years
Janine M. Perron, MA – 21 years
Mario Haug – 18 years
Anne Hertz – 8 years
Megan H Folland – 7 years
Mikko D. Sperber – 7 years
Emily Bush – 5 years
Laureen O'Hara, MA – 5 years
Kimberly Flowers CFRE – 5 years
Irma Quintana – 4 years
Megan Filippello – 4 years
GLAC Administrators – 4 years
Ismael Soto, Jr – 3 years
Debbie Rossi – 3 years
Tracy Ayotte – 2 years
Lee Ann Kline – 2 years
Nicollette Daniel – 2 years
Victor Sanchez – 2 years
Pamela Rinehart – 2 years
Sierra Smith – 1 year
Maya Wood – 1 year
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.

Mark Your Calendar for the IDEA Committee’s Final Events for 2021:
Shifting Behaviors Through Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access: A collaboration with AFP Chicago
Friday, October 1, 2021
11am – 12:15pm PST / 1pm - 2:15pm CST

We are living in a moment of time where acts of performative allyship are at an all-time high. How do we shut out the noise and focus on the work at hand? How do we come together and begin to dismantle systems that don’t serve us? There are many approaches we can take, but we must start at the beginning and take steps together.
Join us for a first-ever joint collaboration with our colleagues from AFP-Chicago. This peer-led workshop will be facilitated by IDEA Committee members from each chapter, and will include breakout sessions on three IDEA-related topics:
  • My Experience as a Fundraiser of Color
  • Managing Up: Fundraisers of Color and their Managers
  • Power and Privilege: White Allyship in the Fundraising Space

We invite you to listen, learn and hold space for each other as we continue to heal and shift  behaviors in this new era of philanthropy.

IDEA Session at National Philanthropy Day
Privilege, Access, and Power: How Funders Can Lead the Charge to Advance IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) in a Brave New World
Friday, November 5, 2021
10:15am – 11am
A brave new world in philanthropy is emerging and it’s forging a new road for impact. In this session, a fundraiser and funder will engage in a dynamic conversation about how grantmaking can operate through an equity lens to strategically distribute resources and strengthen communities. You’ll learn what role nonprofits can play in the funding process and what steps organizations can take to empower themselves with the tools and relationships needed to navigate the path to success.

These IDEA sessions are sponsored by Bloomerang.
Link to register for these upcoming virtual sessions will be available soon.
What We Are (and Have Been) Celebrating:
Celebrating bringing communities together is at the heart of Black Philanthropy Month, which is recognized each August.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed September 15 to October 15!
A month-long celebration to honor the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Beginning September 6: Rosh Hashanah
Also known as the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement.
September 11: The 20th Anniversary of 9/11
September 15: Yom Kippur
The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.
September 18: International Equal Pay Day
This date was celebrated for the first time on 2020, representing the longstanding efforts towards achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations ‘commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls.
September 24: Native American Day
A Federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California and Nevada and on the second Monday in October in South Dakota and Oklahoma.
Some Must Reads:
Donors of Color Lead Shift in Giving - The NonProfit Times

AFP Job Board
AFP-GLAC Job Board

If you are looking for a new development position or have a spot on your team to fill – the AFP Job Board is an excellent resource you don’t want to miss!
In addition to a website listing, position announcements are directly emailed to current AFP GLAC members and non-members who have opted to receive these notifications - approximately 400 fundraising professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area.
One month posting Member: $150, Non-Member $225 
Two month posting Member: $200, Non-Member $325 
AFP Global Career Center
Currently, there are 200+ jobs listed on thnew AFP Career Center. Be sure to follow the AFP Career Center on Twitter—@AFPCareerCtr —to instantly receive the latest job postings and find the job that is right for you! You may need to log in to view everything.
Did you know?
To promote gender and racial pay equity in the fundraising profession, AFP includes salary ranges for every position posted on the Job Board. Including the salary also boosts responses!
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

Thank you to our 2021 Partners!
Guadalupe Radio
Glendale College Foundation
Campbell & Company
Netzel Grigsby Associates
Methodist Hospital Foundation
Cancer Support Community Southern California
Elizabeth M. Birlet, Birlet Consulting

For more information, please see the PIP Brochure:
Contact Elizabeth “Liz” Birlet at or Jody Short at for questions and assistance.
AFP Global Update
You don’t want to miss an exciting and informative webinar brought to us from AFP Global on Thursday, September 23 at 10:30 AM. Two leaders of the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) will share the impactful activities that have taken place during the past three years that focus on the issues around the role of women in fundraising, including gender inequity, sexual harassment, and implicit bias. Taryn Gold (Associate VP, AFP Global) and Liz LeClair (Volunteer Chair of WII) will showcase the research, programs, and successes of the work to raise the awareness of the issues women in fundraising face. I have had the pleasure of working on the WII with these two professionals during the past two years and their work is amazing. Stay tuned for invitations to register. Hope to see you there!

Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC
Immediate Past President & Global WII Committee 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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