August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018
Young Professionals Event
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AFP-GLAC Young Professionals Event Re-Cap


On July 26th, AFP-GLAC Young Professionals hosted their second interactive round-table event, where early-career fundraisers of all ages learned about the many career paths in philanthropy. Many thanks to our round-table facilitators and all of our attendees!

 

Advanced Executive Forum
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THURSDAY AUGUST 23, 2018 -- ADVANCED FORUM AT THE CITY CLUB DOWNTOWN - Early Bird Rates End Friday!

Major Gifts:  Blueprint for Success

Major gifts are an important part of your development efforts. How do you maximize the potential for success? Join this moderated discussion with leading development and communications professionals to learn more about the strategies and approaches of several major gifts programs. You'll hear examples of successful efforts and learn about best practices that work well. You'll also have time for Q and A with the panelists.

For more details and to register, click here.
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This session has been pre-approved by CFRE for 2.0 CE points.
September 11 10:30am: Professional Development Seminar on Diversity
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Diversity in Fundraising: Making the Commitment

Building a diverse and inclusive culture of philanthropy— beginning with the fundraising profession— is critical. Research shows that diversity and inclusion can foster innovation, creativity, and more effective decision making.

Are staff and board members ready to make changes to familiar, comfortable and traditional ways of doing business? Are you prepared for new opportunities that present themselves? How can we bring a diverse set of perspectives and backgrounds to the table? How can we foster a culture of inclusion to ensure that the fundraisers, and funders, of tomorrow expand beyond those of today? 

This interactive session, facilitated by Michelle Jaramillo, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, will offer insight, guidance, and tools to strengthen and diversify our profession— to the benefit of our missions and our bottom lines. Presented by AFP Diversity Committee: Lisa Baxter, Lupita C. Garza, Yvette Herrera, Danielle Lara, and  Cris Lutz.

Click here for more details and to register.

September 11, 2018 Program
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Concierge Fundraising - 5 winning tactics to raise more money by doing the unexpected
Presented by Tom Iselin

In private, what do your donors think of you? If they could give you a “donor relationship” Yelp-like score, how would you fare?

Why care? Because more than 50 percent of donors never make a second gift, and more than 90 percent of donors never make a fifth-year gift. Donor retention is rooted in donor relations, and that starts with you.

In this fast-moving, high-energy workshop, Tom will help you rethink first impressions and help you make lasting impressions. You’ll learn how to reshape your personal brand into one of “Donor Concierge” that will increase your likability and “memorability,” help you raise more money, and create greater donor loyalty. You’ll also learn giving triggers that turn donors on and off, and a set of surefire tips and how to make an indelible first impression on a donor in 60 seconds.

Click here to read more and to register.

Regional Philanthropy Conference
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Registration opening soon for the Regional Philanthropy Conference

You are invited to attend our 2018 Greater Los Angeles Regional Philanthropy Conference at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in conjunction with the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon to honor Los Angeles area award winners in the following categories: outstanding philanthropist, volunteer, corporation, foundation, celebrity and youth. This year’s keynote speaker is Melanie Lundquist. She and her husband Richard are helping to make the world a better place, most notably for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The conference promises to be a dynamic day featuring quality professional development courses, valued exhibitors and plenty of opportunities to network with an experienced and diverse group of fundraising professionals. We are expecting over 300 fundraising professionals representing over 200 different nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, human services, education, religion, the arts, civic organizations and affiliated consulting firms from the Greater Los Angeles area.

Our members have been raising the bar of philanthropy for the past 56 years by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy. AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter (AFP­-GLAC) provides companies, foundations and individuals the opportunity to participate as "Partners in Philanthropy" through sponsorships which promote fundraising best practices. Through sponsorships, AFP­-GLAC is able to provide scholarships for professionals at various organizations to attend development educational conferences and seminars throughout the year.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to network and tell the nonprofit community about your organization. Thank you for your consideration and support. We look forward to having you with us on Wednesday, November 7, 2018!

Registration opening soon.

To become a sponsor click here.

Scholarships

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Chapter Scholarship Applications

We are happy to announce that chapter scholarship applications can now be completed and submitted online.  Please take advantage of your membership opportunities by applying for our September 11th Development Seminar/Luncheon.  Click here for our website link. Applications are due 8/13/18

Applicants Notified of Award 8/27/18 or before

Early Bird Registration Ends 8/31/18

Regular Registration Ends 9/7/18

For more information:  Contact Jeanne Warlick, Scholarship Chair, at JWarlick@materdolorosa.org

Sponsorship Opportunities
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The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-GLAC) is pleased to invite you to exhibit at our Regional Philanthropy Conference at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in conjunction with the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

The conference promises to be a dynamic day featuring quality professional development courses, YOU, our valued exhibitors and plenty of opportunities to network with an experienced and diverse group of fundraising professionals.

We are expecting over 300 fundraising professionals representing over 200 different nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, human services, education, religion, the arts, civic organizations and affiliated consulting firms from the Greater Los Angeles area.

There will be specific times of the day for attendees to view your exhibits without conflicts. In addition, we have several sponsor levels that provide you with more opportunities to get your name in front of our conference guests.

To learn more about our Partners in Philanthropy sponsorship program please click here or
contact, Liz Birlet, PIP Chair, via email: Elizabeth.Birlet@cshs.org

Many companies generate new business and become reacquainted with past customers through this conference.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to attract new customers and tell the nonprofit community about your organization. Thank you for your consideration and support. We look forward to having you with us on November 7, 2018!

For sponsorship benefits and to register, click here.

You can join AFP today!
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Benefits of AFP Membership

As a professional fundraiser, we invite you to join like-minded individuals who are dedicated to their profession and interested in enhancing their fundraising skills for their organizations. By becoming part of the world’s largest community of charitable fundraisers, you will receive many benefits that will help you in your career, including:

  • Resource and Practice Tools: access to AFP website resources, toolkits, hot topics on fundraising issues, etc
  • Professional Development: free webinars, job postings online, Ready Reference Series, Advancing Philanthropy Magazine, ethics resources
  • Member Discounts: international fundraising conference, CFRE refresher course, books in the AFP bookstore, and more
  • Available Chapter Benefits: networking, discounts on chapter luncheons and conferences, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, mentor program, membership installment payment plan

Any questions? Please contact AFP-GLAC membership committee member Dan Maljanian at dmaljanian@pasadenacf.org. Thank you!

JOIN NOW!

Philanthropy Update
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Support our AFP-GLAC chapter through the Chapter Fund!

Your support to the AFP GLAC Chapter Fund has a direct impact on you as a member and all of the chapter’s members. Funds raised in the chapter fund provide scholarship opportunities specifically to AFP GLAC members for events such as the AFP-GLAC Regional Conference, the AFP International Conference, AFP-GLAC development seminars, and more. Investing in the Chapter Fund is just another way to invest in your own professional development!

To support the chapter today, click here. Every gift counts!

Eye on Ethics
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A Conversation with Claudia Looney, FAHP, CFRE – Senior Consultant, CCS

Claudia Looney has spent over 50 years as a fundraiser and continues to leave a long legacy of incredible achievements, including raising more than $1 billion dollars for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In 2012 AFP awarded her the CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional. In furtherance of our AFP-GLAC’s Eye on Ethics program, Ethics Chair, Melanie Elliott had the privilege of speaking with Claudia about the importance of ethics in fundraising.

ME:  Thank you for agreeing to speak with me today. To start things off, how long have you been a member of AFP? 

CL:  I have proudly been a member for 40 years.

ME:  Aside from the outstanding fundraising you achieved at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where else have you made an impact?

CL:  I have worked at the YWCA of North Orange County, Campfire, Inc., Saddleback Medical Center Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the California Institute of the Arts. I have also had the privilege of working with many wonderful organizations as a CCS Fundraising consultant.

ME: I’m sure you’ve encountered a number of ethical issues over the years you’ve been fundraising. What was your first experience with that?

CL:  I grew up in a family that expected ethical behavior from their children. I learned a set of values early on in church. We practiced those values at home. I had a clear sense of right and wrong. It’s part of who I am today.   do not like injustice in any form.

In the 1980s I was leading the fundraising program at Saddleback Medical Center. A volunteer donor insisted that I accept her mink coat as a gift. I didn’t want to offend her, but ethically I couldn’t accept it. This became a teaching moment, for I had the opportunity to explain why I could not accept her gift. She was undeterred, however.  So, I suggested that she donate the coat to the gift shop. They put a fair price on it, and I bought it. The donor was happy, but I didn't need a mink coat in southern California, so I ended up donating it back to the thrift shop, after wearing it once at an event where the donor would see that I was wearing it.  She was happy. She became a long-time friend of the hospital.

ME:  Sounds like it all worked out. Why is ethics so important for AFP and nonprofits?

CL:  Fundraising is built on trust. As fundraisers we have a moral responsibility to see that the designated gift is used per the donor’s wishes. The donors trust that the nonprofit will use their contributions in the way that they requested it to be used. Your ethical practices and actions as a fundraiser will indeed encourage long-term support for your organization. Unintended consequences created by missteps can last years in the minds of donors. If we know ethical practices, we can avoid missteps.

ME:  Have you been involved with any service regarding ethics and AFP?

CL: Around 2005, I was invited to serve on the International Ethics Committee for AFP. I was privileged to serve on the committee for 8 years. Some of our work involved reviewing and refining the Code of Ethical Standards. This is the document that we all sign when we become a member of AFP. The committee also looked at member violations of the Code and decided on appropriate actions to take. We also created new standards for online fundraising during my time on the committee. We validated our decision-making by reaching out to leadership from the private sector, including foundations, attorneys and other thought partners to help guide our decisions around controversial issues.

ME: In 2011 you started The Claudia A. Looney Fund for Ethics in Fundraising. Would you mind telling me about this? 

CL: The fund is intended to help professionals understand the nuances and standards of ethical behavior through webinars, conferences, and educational training opportunities. Such educational offerings are helpful and provide directions and guidance with ethical incidences that will surely pop up throughout our careers. The Fund began in 2011 after I retired from Children’s Hospital. My son, Chris Looney, who was on the AFP Foundation board, wanted to honor me by creating the fund upon my retirement. He organized a group of friends and colleagues and encouraged them to donate to the Endowment Fund.  It was created within a year with the $50,000 minimum amount needed to create an AFP fund.  Today, the endowment has grown and is being used for the designated purpose. I am honored and humbled by this endowment fund named in my honor.

ME:  What a nice way to help others when an ethical issue arises. Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

CL:  I’d like to let people know what they can do if they come upon an ethical situation. If that happens, I refer to the AFP Code of Ethics that addresses most issues.  If needed, I suggest having a conversation with a respected colleague to seek further assistance. I would also turn to the AFP International Headquarters as a resource to give direction and guidance. The most important thing to know is that you don’t have to go it alone to figure it out. There are resources and other professionals who can help.

ME: Claudia, thank you for taking the time to speak with me. You’re an inspiration!

CL:  Thank you.

For more information about ethics, please click on the link here: Ethics 

Chapter Website

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our New Chapter Website!

This new website had been developed to allow you continue to access important information about our Chapter, and to (1) communicate with your fellow chapter members in an online forum, and (2) access our new chapter fundraising knowledge base.

A summary of our new website is as follows:

Easier Access to Current Features
  • Job Postings
  • Chapter Events
  • Chapter Announcements
New Features
  • A chapter member directory which allows you to manage your profile and connect with other chapter members through private messaging.
  • Opportunities for our sponsors and service providers to advertise on content pages.
Coming Soon!
  • A secure, searchable, private and moderated online community platform for you and your fellow chapter members.
  • Discussion groups based on member type or activity, with real time or daily digest subscription options.
  • A searchable resource library allowing us to build a private knowledge base of best practices, with sample documents, spreadsheets, meeting minutes, pictures, videos, podcasts and more.


We will keep you posted on further additions to the website, and welcome your suggestions!

Best,

John Fasano

V.P. Communications

AFP – Greater Los Angeles Chapter