Monthly Newsletter

Announcing June 6, 2019

Lunch Meeting


Major Gifts: Ready, Steady, Go?

Presented by: 
Kristen F. Kenyon, Major Gifts Officer
Community Hospice Foundation

Kristen draws on more than 25 years of front-line experience working with all sizes of nonprofit organizations to improve their development and fundraising programs ..Kristen shines at finding cost-effective solutions for clients with limited resources and is known for helping clients strategically assess their day-to-day business processes. She is especially strong in the customization of those processes; strategic planning for annual and capital campaigns; and managing events, volunteer groups and boards.

AFP membership not required!  Come have lunch with us and see what we’re all about!


Register below using PayPal or send an email to


Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.



821 L Street, Modesto

(Parking on street or city lot)


AFP Members: $15.00; Non-Members: $20.00 Lunch is included.  Register today!


Please register by: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 4:00 PM


Register today!

2019 Diversity Scholarship Applications 


Diversity can mean just about anything, and anyone can offer diversity to our community. AFP Yosemite Chapter offers four Diversity Scholarships each year - one per quarter. You are eligile to apply if you've never been an AFP member. If your'e selected from the applicants, you will receive a one year membership to AFP. Our next deadline is mid-June. Instructions are included with the application. Apply now!


Members Only


The following Hot Topics articles from AFP Global provide information about Major Gifts and related subjects. These members-only articles include resources and links to suggested articles. Sign in or join AFP to access these articles and more. 



1. Hot Topics: Major Gifts


Major gifts are contributions that make a significant difference to the nonprofit organization to which they are given. The amount considered to be a major gift varies from organization to organization


 2. Hot Topics: The Case for Support
The case is driven by the mission and strategic plan of the organization. It describes the organization’s goals and objectives and covers the programs and services it provides. Typically, there is one large case for the organization as a whole; from it, smaller individual case statements are developed for various constituencies and programs. The case helps to make it possible to match the organization’s needs to the donor’s needs.
3. Hot Topics: Prospect Research
Individuals have different motivations for and patterns of giving. The more you know about potential donors' motives and how they like to give, the better positioned you are to make effective solicitations.
Good research provides the foundation for everything that follows in fundraising, from finding and keeping donors to soliciting funds to establishing and maintaining relationships.


AFP Local and Global News


We want to share with you some of the latest news from AFP Global and here with your local AFP Yosemite Chapter.


Regarding Membership:

For the first time in 10 years, AFP is finding it necessary to raise dues for two membership categories: Professional and Associate. Dues for these two categories will increase by $30 on July 1, 2019. However... you can save money two ways before July 1 by joining now using the information below.


In honor of their 59th Anniversary, AFP is offering a $50 discount on membership in the two above named categories through June 30. Enter Code AFP2019 when joining. See coupon below.



Mentoring Program:

Are you in need of fundraising advice? AFP Yosemite Chapter has several members,experts in their fields, who are willing to mentor fellow fundraisers. To inquire, use this form.


Regarding Lunch Meetings:

AFP Yosemite Chapter strives to provide programs that are approved for CFRE Credit, increasing your opportunities for professional growth. As our Chapter grows, it is our wish to continue offering high quality educational opportunities and programming. In order to accomplish this, we find it neccessary to increase the cost of our lunch meetings. Effective our September meeting, lunch costs will increase to $25 for members and to $35 for nonmembers.

Association of Fundraising Professionals,
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Save the Date


Throughout the year, AFP Yosemite Chapter offers a variety of education sessions to help its members grow as fundraising professionals. Check out these upcoming events and mark your calendars!


September 5, 2019 - Our own chapter members share what they took away from AFP ICON 2019


October 11, 2019 - CVFC Central Valley Fundraisers Conference. Details coming soon!

Know Your Network


AFP Yosemite Chapter welcomes our newest member: Davis Woods of Jessica's House.


Renewing Member this month is Amy Wolfe, CFRE, of AgSafe.




Be the Cause


Have you made a gift to AFP Foundation's Be The Cause yetPlease consider giving now!


AFP Foundation is how AFP helps us with scholaships and makes other learning oppotunities available. Use the link below to 

Job Postings


AFP Yosemite Chapter occasionally is informed of job openings that we have agreed to post on our website. Our Chapter includes members from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties. Job posts for Members and Member Organizations are FREE! Non-members may submit a 30-day post request for $25.00.


We do not have current job posts at this time.


Do you have an opening? Post on our website!



 Community Events


AFP Yosemite Chapter wants to help you spread the word about your upcoming events. Do you have an event you'd like to share? Please send the information to and we’ll post it right here in our monthly newsletter. Please send your request at least 45 days prior to the event so we can make sure it's published in time.


Country Summer Evening
June 21, 2019
Please join Sierra Vista Child and Family Services for their Country Summer Evening hosted by Sierra Vista Southeast Stanislaus Communities Advisory Council in support of our Hughson & Waterford Family Resource Centers which provide services to Southeast Stanislaus County.
Country Summer Evening is full of fun with dinner, music, and casino games. So bring your poker face and enjoy the night.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Beginning at 6:00 PM
The Rogers Family Center
St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Hughson CA
For tickets and sponsorship information 
please contact (209) 883-2027.
Must be 21 and over to attend

About AFP 


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in nearly 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information,






AFP Yosemite Chapter Contact Information:


By mail:

P.O. Box 1168

Modesto, CA 95354


By Email:


Visit our website:


Lunch Meeting Reservation /

Refund Policy

  • If you register for the meeting and pay in advance via Paypal and are unable to attend, you will NOT receive a refund for your payment.
  • If you register in advance without paying and are unable to attend, you will be billed for lunch via PayPal invoice, due and payable on receipt.
  •  If you register and pay in advance but inform us of your inability to attend before the RSVP deadline we will refund your payment. Under the same circumstances if you don’t pay but let us know before the deadline, you will not receive an invoice.
  • We will not carry over your payment to the following month’s meeting.
  • You may designate another to attend in your place in order to retain the value of your registration. In the case where a non-member substitute is designated, that person must pay the balance of $5.00 to attend.
  • Walk-ins, please note: Preregistered attendees will be given priority for lunch. If you don't register in advance, we are unable guarantee adequate food for everyone. You will be charged to attend.