Monthly Newsletter

Please Note: We will not hold
lunch meetings in July or August.

Enjoy your summer!


Watch for the September meeting details
in our August Newsletter


National Philanthropy Day is Coming!

Nominations are now closed and are
under consideration by our Selections Committee. Stay tuned for results
and join us on November 8th
to celebrate local philantrhopy!


The Yosemite Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is pleased to announce the 2018 National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 8 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. During a lunch reception, members of our community who have shown excellence in philanthropy will be honored in each of the categories below. Winners will also be awarded $100 to direct to the charity of their choice.


Outstanding Philanthropist
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Outstanding Corporate Donor or Small Business Donor in Philanthropy
Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation or Service Organization



For more information, visit our NPD Webpage

Membership Discount through June 30! 


AFP International ended May 2018 with a total of 31,123 members up 45 members from last month (31,078). We added 620 new members in May up 2 from last month (618).


Would you like to join AFP? You can save $50 off new membership through June 30, 2018 using code: AFP2018


Association of Fundraising Professionals,
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Accepting Diversity Scholarship Applications: 


Think you might not be part of a diverse group? Think again! Every person is unique and therefore diverse in their own right. The person selected from the pool of applicants will receive a one-year membership to AFP Yosemite Chapter. Applications will be kept on file for reconsideration throughout the year. 


 Download and email your scanned copy to: 

or mail to: AFP Yosemite Chapter,

PO Box 1168, Modesto, CA 95354

Know Your Network


Wondering how many of your friends and associates are members of AFP? Want to know which organizations find AFP membership an important part of their fundraising efforts?  Find out here.



Renewing member this month is: Brad de la Cruz - Sutter Health

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.



Major Gifts Officer - Community Hospice


Do you have an employment opportunity? Post your job here.

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! For more information,you can find our 2018 Program Schedule here.


No meetings in July and August - Enjoy your Summer!


September 6, 2018 - Social Impact Philanthropy


November 8, 2018 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon is coming in November. Details are emerging!



Did you knkow you can earn CFRE Continuing Education Credits by attending approved AFP Meetings?



It's not too late to BE THE CAUSE!
How you can support the AFP Foundation


Your gift will support the following programs:

1.      Chamberlain Scholarship Program: Last year, 114 Chamberlain Scholarships were distributed, giving AFP members the opportunity to attend the AFP International Conference. For those of us that have attended this conference, you know how impactful this experience can be!

2.      Diversity Scholarship Program: Since this program began in 2012, 84 scholarships have been granted, allowing diverse groups to experience the AFP International Conference.

3.      Collegiate Scholarship Program: 61 collegiate members have received scholarships to attend the AFP International conference – 12 this past year!

4.      Chapter Partnership Grants: A portion of the funds raised are granted back to chapters to support programs and services in local communities. The funds we received this year will help us present a Planning Giving event!

5.      Leadership Academy: This annual event is sponsored by the Foundation and provides critical leadership training for our President and President-elect board members. I’ve attended twice, and it’s a wonderful experience. It not only prepared me to lead the chapter, but also provided me with additional skills to help me grow in my career.

As a chapter, we strive to secure 100% board participation. No matter your gift size, your participation is greatly appreciated! You can make a gift online by visiting giving options are also available.

 Community Events



Check out AFP Yosemite Chapter’s calendar to view upcoming community events. Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to include? Please send your event information to and we’ll post it! Click here to view the event calendar.

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:


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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. 

Several important developments have occurred on Capitol Hill, and we encourage you to stay apprised of these issues. 


1. Overall Legislative Environment/Chances of Tax Reform

A lot has been happening in Washington, D.C. over the past couple of weeks (perhaps the understatement of the year!)—though much of it has not been related to the charitable sector. Events like the Comey hearing have sidelined Congress’ attention so it hasn’t been able to focus fully on tax reform, healthcare and other matters.

But it is Congress’ intent to move on key pieces of legislation, and many of these issues are intertwined, as Congressional Republicans had originally expected to use savings from their healthcare reform bill to help fund a tax reform plan. Because of budget deadlines and other factors, Congress has a 3- 4 week window before the planned summer recess to get most of these bills completed.

We have heard, however, that Congress may dispense with their August recess to allow them to work on tax reform during that time. The White House and Congressional Republicans are intent on passing tax reform. Although the current proposals do not restrict the charitable deduction itself, proposals to expand the standard deduction would shrink the pool of donors who itemize their deductions (donors who itemize represent the vast majority of people who give).

Through our contacts with key Congressional staff and members, our work with our partners in the Charitable Giving Coalition, and the AFP Political Action Committee, AFP is advocating strongly for the creation of a universal deduction (see below) that would allow anyone to take a charitable deduction, regardless of whether they itemize or take the standard deduction. We will keep Government Relations Chairs and other chapter leaders updated as the situation on Capitol Hill develops. 


2. Research on Impact of Tax Proposals on Giving

New research conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that the current tax policy changes proposed by Congress and the Administration would reduce charitable giving by up to $13.1 billion.

The study used the 2014 Tax Reform Act introduced by then House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) to estimate the potential effects of tax policies on charitable giving. The tax proposal released by the Administration last month and the Republican legislators’ proposal both closely mirror the Camp proposal with respect to reducing the top marginal tax rate and increasing the standard deduction.

On the other hand, researchers also found that adding a charitable deduction for non-itemizing taxpayers (a universal deduction) to the policy proposals would likely more than offset the loss in charitable giving from the proposals and generate up to $4.8 billion in additional charitable giving.

Among the study’s key findings:

Extending the charitable deduction to non-itemizing taxpayers by itself, without the other proposals (e.g., increasing the standard deduction), could generate up to $12.2 billion in additional giving.Reducing the top tax rate to 35 percent and increasing the standard deduction combined have the potential to REDUCE charitable giving by up to an estimated $13.1 billion.The study estimates that those two proposals (reducing the top tax rate to 35 percent and increasing the standard deduction) combined would reduce charitable giving to religious congregations by up to 4.7% and reduce giving to other charitable organizations by up to 4.4%.If enacted separately, either of these proposals (reducing the top tax rate or increasing the standard deduction) would reduce charitable giving.

The research could help influence the debate on Capitol Hill about tax reform related to charitable giving and the deduction. There will be a Congressional staff briefing in late June to highlight the research and help educate staffers about these important issues. 

The Charitable Giving Coalition distributed a press release about the new research, calling on Congress and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to pass a universal charitable deduction that would be available to all taxpayers.


3. Letter to Ways and Means Committee

The Charitable Giving Coalition, led by AFP, sent a letter in early May to Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee, encouraging them to safeguard the charitable deduction as they begin to debate their own tax proposals for the year.

The letter was written in response to President Trump’s summary tax plan and delivered to Ways and Means Committee members just before they headed to a weekend retreat to discuss tax reform.

“We were pleased to see that the Trump Administration’s tax reform package did not include any limits, caps, or other changes to the charitable deduction,” said Jason Lee, interim president and CEO of AFP and chair of the Charitable Giving Coalition. “But the package did include a substantial increase in the standard deduction. That proposals would reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize their deductions from one-third to just five percent. That’s nearly 30 million taxpayers who will no longer have access to the charitable deduction, likely leading to a decrease in giving.”

The letter called on legislators to make the charitable deduction available to all taxpayers as a non-itemizer or universal charitable deduction. This change would retain the current levels of giving experienced by charities across the U.S. and could possibly incentivize giving even more.

AFP and the Charitable Giving Coalition also continues to work with Democrats and Independents as well to create strong levels of support for the charitable deduction across Congress.


4. Public Policy Session at the Leadership Academy

Staff and volunteer leaders involved in AFP’s public policy programs are developing a session at this year’s Leadership Academy focusing on government relations and advocacy.

The will be part update, part training, part program development and part sharing. You’ll receive up-to-the-minute intelligence from Capitol Hill, including a tax reform update. You’ll to hear from chapter leaders and AFP’s own advocacy experts on how to build a successful policy program., including chapter and state Lobbing Days and similar events.

The Leadership Academy this year is in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 20 – 22. AFP encourages all chapters to attend, and urge you to send a representative to this important session.


5. AFP Political Action Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to provide the opportunity for individuals interested in the future of philanthropy and the profession of fundraising to contribute to the support of candidates for Federal office who believe, and have demonstrated their beliefs, in the principles to which philanthropy and the fundraising profession are dedicated. The Committee is non-partisan and dedicated to the protection and advancement of the fundraising profession and philanthropy in its various forms.

AFP encourages all U.S. members to contribute to the PAC. Information about giving to the PAC can be found on the AFP website:


If you’d like to set up a meeting with your local member(s) of Congress, contact AFP IHQ at, and we can provide talking points and other resources. And as always, if you hear about local issues, please let us know! AFP IHQ stands ready to assist you as needed.