Community Announcements

  • Registration Now Open for March 16th Educational Event

    A Conversation with Weingart Foundation's New CEO & President, Miguel A. Santana

    Miguel A. Santana
    CEO & President
    Weingart Foundation

    Miguel A. Santana has over 30 years of experience leading numerous fiscal, legislative, political, and community issues. He served as President and C.E.O. of Fairplex since 2016, a nonprofit community benefit regional organization based in Pomona, CA. Previously, Miguel was the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, where he oversaw the City’s $9 billion budget and designed the City’s first comprehensive homeless strategy, resulting in a $1.2 billion voter-approved housing bond and a doubling of the City’s general fund investment on programs to end homelessness. Prior to joining the City, Miguel served as one of five Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County, overseeing all social service programs supporting children, families, veterans and persons experiencing homelessness.

    Miguel was appointed President & C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation in 2021. He engages in numerous civic efforts to create a more equitable Southern California region, including serving as Chair of the Committee for Greater L.A. He also serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Whittier College Board of Trustees.

    Miguel has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

    This event is pending 1.5 CE approval from CFRE International.

    Thank you to our event sponsor!
  • Registration Now Open for January 19th Event

    When:  Jan 19, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
    How to become a CFRE
    Presented by Ashley Gatewood, Communications and Marketing Manager, CFRE

    How do you get to the next level in your career? How do you demonstrate to your peers, donors, upper management, and the board that you are truly a knowledgeable fundraising professional?

    Thousands of fundraising professionals worldwide have boosted their salaries, career prospects, and fundraising knowledge by becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

    In fact, CFREs earn 7 – 15% more than non-CFREs according to the 2020 AFP Benefits and Compensation Report. CFREs also report greater professional opportunities and on-the-job confidence.

    Don’t miss this session if you want to learn how to get started with becoming a CFRE so you can begin enjoying the many benefits that come with certification.

    This session will provide you with an overview of the CFRE credential – what it is, how to get started, eligibility requirements, filling out the application, an overview of the exam, and more.

    $20 for AFP Members (use your email on file for Member discount)
    $30 for Non-Member

    Log-in details to be sent after registration.
  • Annual Holiday Inspirational Event - December 10

    Our featured speaker is Birgit Smith-Burton, president-elect of Global’s board of directors and chair, Global IDEA Committee. Randi Sunshine, member of AFP-GLAC and Global IDEA Committee will moderate Birgit’s presentation entitled: DIVERSITY – FROM A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE. Learn about the many ways we can include diversity, equity and access in all aspects of our lives. Also, be apprised of Global’s IDEA initiative.   Following this motivational talk we will introduce the 2021 board, recognize Be The Cause & Chapter Fund donors, and provide  holiday treats to some lucky members.

    Price: $25 member/$35 non-member

    Deadline to register – December 8, 2020

    This workshop is pending CFRE International CEs.

  • Tips for Logging in to NPD Conference and Awards

    Login now!
    We highly suggest logging into the virtual event platform in advance of the event starting on Friday, November 13th. We strongly recommend that you use Chrome as your internet browser on your computer as it will give you the best experience. For easy access to Expo Pass, you will receive an email with a “Magic Link” following this email that will take you into the virtual conference platform. Expo Pass can also be accessed anytime by using the login credentials you created when you registered. 

    Magic Link:

    You will be receiving your Magic Link via email from to the email you used to register for the event. Click on the Magic Link to access the event ahead of time and get familiar with all we have to offer! If the Magic Link should expire and you need a new one, follow the self-serve instructions HERE:

    If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

    You can also reach out to Expo Pass and they will help you:

    Navigating your Expo Pass Virtual Event:

    Once you login, you should see the event you are registered for on the first screen. Click on “Details” to access the event. This will take you to the Virtual Event Home Page. Here you can navigate personalizing your profile, event schedule and other resources, as well as view our robust schedule.

    Build your own personalized agenda:

    Once you log in, you can plan your day ahead of time. Review the agenda and see what each session is all about. Add any sessions to your personalized agenda to give yourself a reminder to attend. As an overview-The first session will be available starting 8:45 AM PST, with our opening keynote kicking off right at 9 AM PST.

    The rest of the day is filled with various breakout sessions, opportunities to meet the speakers and exhibitors, and informal lunch meet-up opportunities. In addition, at 3:15 the virtual doors will open to our 35th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration!


    Need Help? 

    If you need help, the AFP-GLAC Team is here!

    • Need help logging in? You can also reach out to Expo Pass and they will help you:
    • Need more assistance navigating Expo Pass, visit the Expo Pass Attendee Help Center for helpful step-by-step instructions and videos.
    • You did not receive your registration confirmation? Contact NPD registration support: Heather Even,
    • Have additional questions? Please contact us!
  • National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards

    Join us November 13th for our Virtual Conference and Awards Ceremony.  

    Click on the links below for more details.
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  • National Philanthropy Day goes Virtual

  • Afternoons with AFP-GLAC: A Member Only Event - August 20

    For AFP-GLAC Members Only

    AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter recognizes these times are unprecedented and nonprofit professionals may be missing that sense of community you get when you come to an AFP event. We have a solution for that! We are hosting Afternoons with AFP-GLAC a FREE "Nonprofit Happy Hour" for our GLAC members. Here you can vent, commiserate, get assistance, celebrate successes, or just "hang out" with other like-minded individuals!

    This is an informal, bi-weekly, virtual gathering, and each attendee is encouraged to join with their own drink (a GLACtini or Fundraiserita, perhaps?) or favorite treat! There won’t be a set topic, we’ll just a set a space for nonprofit professionals to gather together, support one another and share information.

    Mark your calendars, our next Afternoons with AFP-GLAC will be:

    When: Thursday, August 20, 2020

    What time: 4:00-5:00pm

    Where: Your computer, laptop, or smart phone


    Click here to RSVP. Membership to be verified by the Membership Committee.

    For security reasons, we’ll send out the Zoom ID and password a couple days before event.

    This event is presented free with Registration. Please consider making a donation to support further virtual programming from your GLAC chapter. 

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    AFP-GLAC Membership Committee


    Our AFP-GLAC Office has moved! 

    Please update your records to the following address:

    25943 Via Pera
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691
  • AFP Global Membership Webinar

    Missed the webinar from AFP Global about membership benefits?

    Click on the link below to hear the recording.
  • Members Only Webinar

    Thank you to Ter Molen, Watkins & Brandt for providing this informative webinar specifically for AFP-GLAC members!

    When: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
    Price: Free for AFP-GLAC Members
    Register: Opening Soon! Members check your inbox for details.

    This event has been pre-approved by CFRE International for 1 CE.
    CFRE ConEdLogo-2020

    Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Annual Fund Assessment: May 5 at 11:00 am

    Data is your best friend when it comes to developing your annual fund strategy. In this session, the president and CEO of Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt will reveal his process for evaluating his clients’ annual giving programs. Using case studies to illustrate, Don will show you how he helped two clients—a university and a social service agency—get their programs on track and their boards off their backs!


    Don Souhrada
    President & CEO
    Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, LLC

  • Members Only Webinar

    Thank you to GiveSmart for providing this informative webinar specifically for AFP-GLAC members!  Members check your inbox for registration details!

    Approved by CFRE International for 1 CE.

    When: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Your Pivot to a Virtual Fundraising Event

    You CAN do this. We can help.

    Silver lining: Your brilliant fundraising peers have been hitting targets via virtual events for several years, and your org can too. So what should you do if your organization needs to host a virtual fundraising event instead of a live one? We’ve got data, inspiration, and some best practices to run virtual events so that all of your fundraising dollars don’t go out the window.

    We’ll discuss:

    • You’ve canceled or postponed, now what? A checklist for you.
    • What a virtual fundraising event looks like
    • Various online fundraising components
    • BONUS: How to use these tactics to fundraise all year long


    Dianne Kleber 
    VP of Sales 

    Eric Newman
    Director of Event Operations

    Maureen Blandford
    VP of Marketing

  • Members Only Webinar

    Thank you to CCS Fundraising for providing this informative webinar specifically for AFP-GLAC members!  Members check your inbox for registration details!

    Approved by CFRE International for 1 CE.

    When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Key Elements of Prospect Management

    Join your friends from CCS to explore the importance of, and key elements to, prospect management. Given the present circumstances, prospect and donor management has never been more important. How you build your pipeline, steward your donors, engage your prospects, record your data, and build your metrics are all topics to be explored and discussed. Together, we’ll share proven solutions and generate new ideas to bring your prospects closer, keep your donors connected, and build systems and plans that will only serve to advance your philanthropic efforts during this current crisis and when we emerge from it.



    Chris Looney
    Principal & Managing Director
    CCS Fundraising

    Jill Whiting
    Corporate Vice President
    CCS Fundraising

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

    For the latest resources regarding COVID-19, visit the resource page at AFP Global.
  • Message from the President: We are bringing the benefits of AFP-GLAC to you!

    Hello AFP-GLAC members and friends,

    During these challenging times, when our work lives have changed dramatically, we often turn to our professional associations to provide support and guidance. We want to be a catalyst in this endeavor.

    Yesterday, many of us nationwide participated in a webinar hosted by CCS Fundraising entitled "Navigating the Challenges Presented by Coronavirus."   Featuring three senior leaders of CCS,  the presentation was substantive, with ideas about how to navigate fundraising activities in the weeks ahead. Wanting to investigate how this webinar could be available for our chapter (since many could not register due to limited space), I reached out to Chris Looney, Managing Director of CCS Fundraising Southern California and a friend to AFP-GLAC. He generously provided the recording for us HERE.  Just a bit over ½ hour in length, I encourage you to listen.

    Another way for us to build community on-line is to send links to interesting articles about fundraising during this pandemic to our Chair of External Communications,  Felicity Palmer ( so she can share via social media.

    The leaders of our chapter value your membership and wish for you to continue valuing your relationship with AFP! Despite the need for social/physical distancing, we will provide opportunities where you can participate conveniently from a safe place. Stay tuned for information about an exciting webinar coming up in later in the month.

    Remember too, we are here for you. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out at 

    Here's wishing all of us patience and good health as we adjust to our new normal. 


    Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC
    President, AFP Greater Los Angeles
  • March 12, 2020 Event - POSTPONED

    Due to some members’ concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the Young Professionals Event scheduled for March 12.

    Once a new date is announced, there will be no need to register again.  Your current registration will be transferred to the rescheduled event.  If you have any questions please email the office at

    For those attending AFP ICON in Baltimore, please check the conference website to stay up-to-date on the latest messages from AFP Global and the steps they are taking to ensure a healthy and safe experience for attendees. CEO Mike Geiger recently announced a virtual attendance option.

    Stay informed by official sources including, and
  • Protecting Your Health at AFP-GLAC Events

    Dear Colleagues,

    Like you, the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter is closely monitoring the latest developments around COVID-19/novel coronavirus.  I wanted to take this opportunity to personally reach out to our loyal members and supporters to address the current situation and our chapter’s response.

    Please be assured that the AFP-GLAC is committed to the health and safety of all of our constituents as well as the larger Greater Los Angeles community. You are our top priority. 

    You may have seen recent guidance from the Los Angeles Public Health Department about large gatherings of people, specifically the LA Marathon coming up:

    We are not currently recommending the suspension of any large public events, including the LA Marathon,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The public can continue to enjoy all that LA County has to offer, including this historic event. However, we do want people to take enhanced measures to protect themselves from the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19; this includes staying home if you are sick and frequently washing your hands.”

    Business continues as usual for AFP-GLAC and all events are still scheduled to operate as planned.

    To ensure the health and safety not just of our members, but the larger community, our chapter is implementing the following changes, effective immediately:

    1. Monthly luncheons and other planned events will continue as planned, but we encourage all members to enjoy a “handshake free” experience.
    2. We will avoid communal food service as much as possible.
      • At events that provide food, such as monthly luncheons, we will provide individually packaged meals. Condiments and dressings will be individually packaged for service.
      • We will not provide communal water jugs or pitchers. At events without hands free water stations, we will provide a limited amount of bottled water. We encourage everyone to bring their own filled reusable water bottle to all AFP-GLAC events.
      • To avoid cross contamination from communal coffee pots, we will not provide coffee or tea service until further notice.
    3. We advise all attendees to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially before eating. We will also have a multitude of hand sanitizers available for use.
    4. We insist that anyone who is sick stay home instead of attending an event.   

    We are aware that some local conferences have been canceled, but these conferences had much larger expected attendance than anything conducted by the AFP-GLAC Chapter. 

    AFP Global - AFP International Conference (ICON) is still proceeding as planned in Baltimore from March 29 to March 31. Please check the AFP Global website for future updates.

    We will continue to monitor this situation as it develops and will heed the advice of federal, state, and local authorities, as well as basic common sense. Any changes will be communicated via email and our website.

    We also ask for all to remain informed by official sources including, and

    Mauria McPoland, MPA, ABC
    President, AFP Greater Los Angeles