Volunteer Opportunities

Membership Committee – VP, Melanie Elliott, MFA, melhelliott@gmail.com

The Membership Committee is responsible for increasing and strengthening membership of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, as well as recruiting new members to the chapter. We are a committee of dedicated AFP members who are excited to reach out to and connect with our members and nonmembers. We hope you’ll consider joining the Membership Committee!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Make phone calls to check in with members.
  • Send emails to prospective members with information about joining AFP.
  • Assist in writing Member Spotlights that will occasionally appear in our chapter newsletter.
  • Assist with other committees on ways to recruit and retain members. (i.e., I.D.E.A. Committee, Emerging Leader Committee
  • We’d love to hear from you if you have other ideas!

Education Committee - VP, Andrea Salazar, andreas@wellnestla.org 

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.

      Here are two more ways you can help:

  • Suggest attractive venues where we can hold AFP Young Professionals events for low or no cost. This might be your own non-profit facility or perhaps the office of one of your volunteers or donors.  Please remember to factor in affordable parking and handicapped accessibility.
  • Suggest (and possibly help secure) an education sponsor to underwrite the cost of AFP workshops or luncheons (or series)
  • Photographers wanted for our events too.


Partners in Philanthropy (PIP) Committee – Chair, Lupita Garza, CFRE, garzagc@ah.org

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. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Identify sponsorship prospects (e.g. vendors, foundations, and organizations) connected to AFP members 
  • Contact assigned sponsorship prospects to secure mutually beneficial sponsorships
  • Maintain and update the PIP Sponsorship Tracking Document
  • Follow through on payments received and benefits fulfilled

IDEA Committee – VP, Lisa Baxter, lisa_baxter@mlk-chf.org and Chair, Danielle C.Lara, daniellelara888@gmail.com

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • IDEA Content Creator – Responsible for creating print content for IDEA Committee’s in the form of monthly standalone pieces and newsletter blurbs. The IDEA Content Creator will also work in tandem with the IDEA Social Media Coordinator to publish and promote print content across social media channels of AFP-GLAC. {Monthly}  
  • IDEA Social Media Coordinator – Responsible for increasing the IDEA Committee’s presence on social media and creating additional pathways for AFPGLAC members and other AFP chapters, friends and supporters to engage. Will work closely with AFP-GLAC Social Media Coordinator. {Weekly and as needed throughout the year.}

Ethics Committee – Chair, Barbara Bushnell, CFRE, barbarabushnell@att.net

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.   

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Event planning
  • Speaker or Panel recruitment
  • Event Publicity
  • Development of regular Ethics Education Communication


Planning Committee

The dynamic committee members of National Philanthropy Day and Awards Luncheon work behind the scenes to put together an all-day event that promotes education and celebration of philanthropy in Greater Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

This is the perfect committee for you to join no matter where you are in your fundraising career. A great opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining fundraising event planning experience and wants to build a supportive professional network along the way.

Volunteer Roles & Job Descriptions

Committee Member – Session Development/Planning

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

Committee Member - National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

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

NPDCAL Day-of-Event Volunteer

  1. Registration (2) – Help at registration before breakfast & lunch. Welcome attendees.
  2. Session (4-8) - Assist speakers at assigned/selected session to ensure they have a smooth presentation. Collect Surveys after the session is done.
  3. Directional (4) – help attendees find registration area, lunch reception, and or Sessions/rooms throughout the day.

Please contact Nicole Capossela at nicole.capossela@teamrubiconusa.org to get involved or for more information.