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Dear Members and Guests,

At our April Professional Development Seminar, Paul Moore, Director of Programs at the David Bohnett Foundation, shared information about the Bohnett Foundation. He also provided some grant seeking advice based in over two decades of experience. Paul encouraged us to reach out and connect with program officers with questions about grant programs, initiatives, and potential funding. Before you pick up the phone to call Paul, or any other program officer, remember these important tips:

  • Prepare: Compose talking points about your organization and your potential project idea. Be thoughtful, clear, and focused
  • Research: Review the funder’s website and make sure you understand the purposes and goals. Read the foundation’s FAQ page.
  • Inquire: Ask about programs and initiatives that are relatable to your project. Ask about the foundation’s current thinking on an issue. The main goal should be to gain insight into the foundation and what they seek from potential grantees. A secondary goal is to make a favorable impression.

On May 12, Coach Bex Bassin returns for Conflict Management, the final session in our Coaching series. Even in the mission driven world of nonprofits, conflicts arise – in board meetings, project planning, strategy sessions, within departments, even with donors. While conflicts are inevitable and seemingly unpleasant, they can be turned into a gift for deepening trust and understanding in a relationship. In this seminar, we’ll learn about the anatomy of conflicts and the sage brain approach to managing them.
I hope to see you at an upcoming seminar. Until then, please reach out to me or the board with any comments, questions, or concerns.


Nancy J. Ackerman, CFRE
2022-2023 President

Calling all AFP Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter members! Are you attending ICON 2022 in Las Vegas? Connect with our Chapter President, Nancy Ackerman to schedule a meetup with the rest of those attending from our chapter.
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As professionals in the not-for-profit community, we all know the importance of the support of our community members.  As fundraisers we also know the importance of philanthropy to assist our respective organizations in advancing their mission and improving lives.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, as a not-for-profit organization, also has programs that provide for scholarships, education and research to advance the art and science of fundraising. It, too, relies on the support of its community members to be able to continue to produce these programs for the benefit of its members whether they are seasoned fundraisers or those who are just beginning their careers in our field.
Be the CAUSE Campaign is AFP’s annual campaign to raise funds in support of the programs mentioned above. It also provides for the support of chapters by sharing a portion of the money given by a chapter’s members with the chapter. One may donate on a monthly basis and be a member of the Alpha Society, or make a one-time contribution.
Scholarship programs give members the opportunity to attend AFP’s International Conference, and support professionals in its commitment to diversity by providing its members from underserved communities the opportunity to continue their growth as fundraising professionals.
Please consider making a gift to the Be The CAUSE Campaign 2022 to allow our fellow professionals nationally to become the best that they can be as fundraisers. Remember to note that you are a member of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter, or are affiliated with our chapter, and be as generous as you can.
You will change the life of a fellow fundraiser by making a gift now.  Please click here to give.
Looking to explore new career opportunities? University of the Pacific and Chaminade College Preparatory are both in search of a Director of Development. Learn more below or by checking out our Chapter's Job Listing page on our website.

Part-Time Managing Director, San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus
Date posted:
Read more and apply.

Development Coordinator/Executive Assistant, Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America
Date posted: 4/7/2022
Salary Range: $18/hour
Read more and apply.

Director of Development, Alumni Engagement, Chaminade College Preparatory
Date posted: 2/15/2022
Salary Range: $70,000 – $75,000
Read more and apply.
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