The San Diego Chapter of the worldwide Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) upholds the mission of the international association and advances philanthropy in the San Diego region by empowering members, prospective members and representatives of other organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising.

AFP San Diego is dedicated to stimulating a world of generosity and positive social change through best practices in fundraising. The largest network of professionals devoted to fundraising worldwide—with 33,000 members—we raise more than $115 billion annually. This is equivalent to one-quarter of all charitable giving in North America. In San Diego, our focus is on strengthening the region by educating development professionals and nonprofit leaders in best practices in fundraising, applying the high standards of the AFP Code of Ethics. 

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AFP San Diego continually strives to offer members the very best opportunities for professional growth and is excited to announce a new approach to its educational programming in 2018. Our goal with the 2018 calendar is to offer diverse educational programming that will provide value to all members, regardless of experience, position, or size of organization. Our new approach was significantly informed by the expressed educational needs of our members; we look forward to continuing to incorporate member feedback throughout the year through surveys, evaluations, and event follow up. 

In addition to monthly webinars and workshops, this year's calendar features quarterly Learning Labs, which allow members to visit some of San Diego's most respected and successful nonprofit organizations for an in-depth look at some of the most pressing and relevant topics related to our industry today. The first Learning Lab was generously hosted by the Sharp Healthcare Foundation on March 2, and featured a morning-long, conference-style discussion of Sharp's successful $100 Million INSPIRE fundraising campaign. Led by Sharp Healthcare CEO Bill Littlejohn and featuring his accomplished fundraising team.  The Learning Lab provided specific, tangible lessons learned from their campaign to a full house of AFP San Diego members and nonmembers alike. Attendee feedback was positive with particular emphasis on the high caliber of content and significant value for the registration cost. Upcoming Learning Labs will be hosted at the San Diego Zoo in May and at the University of San Diego in partnership with North County Philanthropy Council in August. 

In addition to the Learning Labs, monthly webinars, and workshops, AFP San Diego educational programming this year will feature events tailored to specific member demographics, time-sensitive topics relevant our industry, and how the ever-changing nature of philanthropy is impacting the San Diego community. We look forward to providing members with the kind of educational programming they need to grow in their careers and continuing to help make San Diego one of the nation's leading philanthropic communities. We value your feedback on how we can continue to improve our educational offerings, so please feel free to reach out to Team Education: 

Brian Zumbano (All Programming)
Kea Spurrier (All Programming)
Dana Vandersip (Senior Network of Advanced Professionals)
Kristi Ingles (Young Professionals)

David Lang (Webinars)


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