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Friday, February 9, 2018

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Session Time







Speaker 8:15am-8:25am

How to prepare for the CFRE (10 minutes)

Presentation on:

  • How to study
  • How to prepare
  • What to expect when taking the test (would only use “public” questions that have already been published)
  • Step by step study and preparation tips 

Pegi Matsuda, CFRE, Valley Presbyterian Hospital




Morning Plenary Session #1

9:15am-10:45 am

Meet Foundation Funders

Panel to discuss writing winning proposals, changing criteria, best approaches, etc.


Moderated by Thomas Backer, PhD, Valley Nonprofit Resources 

  • Parsons Foundation, Thomas Brewer
  • Bank of the West, Virginia Victorin
  • Further names to be announced


Morning Plenary Session #2


Building and Expanding Major Gifts Programs

Speaker to discuss how major gifts programs ensure sustainability, prepare for capital campaigns, how to start a program and how to move donors to capacity giving

Netzel Grigsby Associates








Perspectives on Philanthropy


Introduction by CSUN

Lindsay Blok, CCS Fundraising


Afternoon Plenary Session #1


Donor Retention and Engagement

Post Great Recession, has donor engagement bounced back? How can organizations ensure donors remain faithful? New engagement, prospecting and cultivation strategies? Generational applications?

Janet Levine, Janet Levine Consulting


Afternoon Session #2 (Choice A)


Small Shop Academy

Managing a small development shop (3 or less). What’s essential, what’s possible and how do we manage our time? 

Dena Jenson, Center for Nonprofit Leadership




Afternoon Session #2 (Choice B)

 The Effects of Culture on Generosity

What’s changed between generations – Silent, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and Millennials? How can organizations change in response to new philanthropic realities?

John Kozyra and Julie Siebel, CCS Fundraising



Post-Conference Gathering


After Conference Networking

Un-networking, self-made affinity groups








AFP Quick Poll


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Jan 3 - Annual Fund Officer
The Annual Fund Officer is responsible for coordinating The Village's fundraisers and special events, as well as supporting the activities of our annual fund. This position is outward facing and represents the organization while working with various leadership committees to deliver results. This function supports a broad range of organizational goals while leveraging internal teams’ strengths and a passion for empowering youth. This work requires meticulous attention to detail and proficiency in managing disparate teams to bridge organizational relationships and strategic goals. ... more >
Dec 28 - Development Coordinator
Under the direction of the Development Manager, the Development Coordinator will be responsible for a variety of Development project and related activities that include the implementation of new and established fundraising programs. ... more >
Dec 20 - Development Assistant – Part Time
Job Summary: Provides administrative support to the Director of Development (DoD) to execute elements of the annual fundraising and communications plans to process gifts, manage donor database system, maintain files, assist with donor cultivation, grant writing and research, and provide support for special events. Other duties as assigned. ... more >
Dec 7 - AFP-GSFV Conference
MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ONE DONOR AT A TIME February 9, 2018 ... more >
Oct 24 - Major Gifts Officer
The Development Officer provides overall direction, in their assigned territory, for the major gifts programs that help to ensure the growth and vitality of Fuller Theological Seminary (FTS). This position reports to the Executive Director of Development based in Pasadena, California. This Development Officer builds a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors from individuals, churches and some foundations located primarily in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. The Development Officer duties include, but are not limited to, making personal visits and written solicitations, hosting introductory events, editing proposals and reports, timely correspondence and reporting, and initiating meetings for donors and prospects. The Development Officer will be responsible for cultivating relationships with individuals with an emphasis on discovering and developing new relationships and funding partnerships. Additional responsibilities include the continued cultivation of existing donor relationships. In order to succeed, the Development Officer must be a dynamic and engaging fundraiser who can use effective techniques to articulate clear and compelling cases for supporting Fuller Theological Seminary. ... more >
Jan 16 - AFP Top Ten Fundraising Tips (Week of January 15, 2018): Using Emotional Appeals, Planned Giving, Prospect Research & More!
(Jan. 15, 2018) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Jan 3 - AFP Top Ten Fundraising Tips (Week of January 1, 2018): Nonprofit Marketing Nonsense, Board Retreats, Feeling Awkward about Bequests & More!
(Jan. 1, 2018) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Jan 2 - 2018 AFP Canada Board Approved
(Jan. 2, 2018) AFP sends its warm congratulations to the members who were recently approved by the membership to serve on the 2018 AFP Canada Board of Directors. ... more >
Dec 28 - Congress Approves Tax Reform Bills, Likely Leading to Drops in Charitable Giving
(Dec. 20, 2017) Research continues to show the final bill leading to drops of $13 – 20 billion in giving. Here’s a round-up of nonprofit provisions in the bill, as well as a statement from The Charitable Giving Coalition, chaired by AFP. ... more >