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Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Welcome to the AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter website. We are committed to supporting development professionals throughout the greater Los Angeles area of California. We have over 475 active AFP members, who serve as development directors, fundraising consultants, grant writers, volunteer fundraisers, foundation executives, and other individuals dedicated to fundraising and philanthropy.

The AFP Greater Los Angeles Chapter has regularly scheduled lunch meetings featuring local speakers and topics relevant to our everyday work. The chapter also offers educational and networking opportunities such as the local Roundtables, National Philanthropy Day® and the Advanced Practice & Regional Philanthropy Conference. Check out the chapter calendar for a schedule of what's happening and where!

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Aug 27 - Vice President of Development
Founded in 1999 by three visionaries as a small nonprofit patient-based advocacy organization, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has become the nationwide leader in the quest to defeat pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fulfills its mission through a comprehensive strategy that combines research funding, public policy, patient services, and community outreach through a nationwide volunteer network. With their national headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California (suburban Los Angeles) and a Government Affairs office in Washington D.C., the organization is dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Under the direction of President & CEO Julie Fleshman, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network comprises a national Board of Directors, a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, a dedicated and growing staff, and over 60 volunteer affiliates across the country. Shockingly, survival rates for pancreatic cancer have remained in the single digits and have not changed substantially in 40 years. Today, the five year survival rate is just 6%. The organization’s vision of progress is to double the survival by 2020. In order to accomplish this, the organization is accelerating its comprehensive approach to fighting the disease through research, patient support, advocacy and increased awareness. They are building a comprehensive and coordinated pancreatic cancer research community to speed the acquisition of knowledge, share information and move scientific findings into practice. The organization continues to fund research grants that attract the most talented and promising scientists to this field and then keep them in the field by creating a collaborative network and opportunities for professional development. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s staff, volunteers and advocates have raised tens of millions of dollars to fund research, to directly support patient ... more >
Seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial development leader with a commitment to the mission, vision and values of CLARE. The right candidate will be energized by the challenge of building out a major gifts-oriented, sophisticated, innovative, highly effective, and entrepreneurial development program over the next few years, prioritizing to meet current need while planning for the future. The Sr. Director of Development leads CLARE’s fundraising programs to secure the resources needed to sustain and grow its work throughout the Westside of Los Angeles County. The Sr. Director works closely and collaboratively with the executive director and other department heads to increase donor involvement and their subsequent investment. The Sr. Director must be focused, strategic, energetic, and possess a dynamic leadership style to inspire and motivate volunteers, donors and staff. S/he must be able to challenge assumptions and generate new avenues of thinking; able to identify and effectively steward major individual, corporate and foundation prospects; flourish as a solicitor and solicitation mentor; work well independently and collaboratively; have a high level of visual, verbal and written communication knowledge and skills, and support fellow team members in fulfilling the department’s overall goals. In addition, the Sr. Director must be an effective communicator of CLARE’s work and mission. The Sr. Director supervises a staff in the area of major/planned gifts, annual giving, events, general department administration/gift entry and grantswriting. S/he also works closely and collaboratively with CLARE’s communications team to design and deliver integrated agency efforts, with a focus on attracting donors, community supporters and participants. ... more >
Aug 18 - CEO
Celebrating more than two decades of providing support, education and hope to people fighting cancer, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB), formerly The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, has an immediate opening for President and Chief Executive Officer. CSCVVSB is an independently governed and funded non-profit and an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. We serve more than 3,000 adults, children and teens affected by cancer each year with programs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and West San Fernando Valley. Programs are offered in English and Spanish and are all provided free of charge. Our mission is to ensure that adults, children and teens impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and supported by community. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished, confident, empathetic, dynamic leader to build upon the success of the past two decades and expand the organization’s footprint and mission delivery. ... more >
Aug 26 - Top Ten (Week of August 25, 2014): 6 Signs of a Well-run Nonprofit Organization
(Aug. 25, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on how slactivists aren’t so bad afterall, which digital campaign tools you should be using (and the ones you should be forgetting), how to inspire action from tragedy, who is making the ‘overhead’ pledge (and how you can too!), how to cash-in on #GivingTuesday, what a nonprofit infographic should look like (and do) and why your nonprofit needs to be using LinkedIn! ... more >
Aug 26 - Want An Endowment? Plan For it—Ask For It
(Aug. 26, 2014) Among the excuses your nonprofit has for why you don’t have endowment donors, the only real excuse you can have is that you didn’t ask. Don’t let asking for an endowment gift intimidate you! Helen Monroe, head of Endowment Development Institute, gives you a step-by-step process (and a free checklist!) for every aspect of ‘the ask’—from identifying the donor, to your plan of attack, to your successful ask. ... more >
Aug 19 - Top Ten (Week of August 18, 2014): 7 Favorite Topics of Boring Fundraisers
(Aug. 18, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on learning how to tell stories from children’s books, what kind of year-end fundraising decisions you should be making NOW, an appeal list you should be checking (and checking twice), how to control others so they don’t ruin your nonprofit’s reputation, why corporations are partnering with nonprofits to boost their value, how to make the most out of email pre-headers and so much more! ... more >
Aug 13 - Stick With Us—We’ll Carry You Through Your Entire Fundraising Career!
(Aug. 13, 2014) From the first moment you realize you want to be a fundraiser, to the moment you reach that highest achievement that you’ve modeled your entire fundraising career over—AFP is there for you. As a study buddy, an endless pool of fundraising information, a place to meet fundraising fanatics like yourself and a place to help you grow. Use our Development Pathway to plan your fundraising career chock-full of AFP offerings! ... more >
Aug 13 - Top Ten (Week of August 11, 2014): #GivingTuesday Campaign Planner
(Aug. 11, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including stories and tips on taking your ‘ask’ to the next level, cashing in on the new Millennial craze: Snapchat, discovering what to do in integrated fundraising (from an undercover donor!), making the most out of interns at your nonprofit, knowing the oddball reasons why your donors donate to your organization, how to tap into donor data to boost donor retention and how to make the most of a special occasion and holiday to strike a chord in your donors! ... more >