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Welcome to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter website! We invite you to stop by often for up-to-date information and practical resources to support philanthropy and promote effecitve and ethical fundraising.

We provide opportunities for you to learn, engage and connect through monthly luncheons alternating from Santa Barbara to Ventura County sites; at special events, such as Symposium on Fundraising and National Philanthropy Day; and at casual networking events throughout the year. You will also find the latest development and related job listings representing Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Check out the Event Calendar for all the details. Click here for a printable calendar - and be sure to register early to take advantage of early bird discounts!

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AFP believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission and achieving philanthropic success.

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Jan 21 - Development Director
United Way of Santa Barbara County seeks a F/T Development Director ... more >
Jan 21 - Director of Development
The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, a full service “functional” Federation including Jewish Family Service and JCC programs and services, is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community, enhancing the well-being of Jews in Santa Barbara, Israel and throughout the world, and to strengthening the relationship between the Jewish community and the community at large. Located in the beautiful Historic Landmark District adjacent to lower State St., just a short walk to the beach, the Jewish Federation is seeking an accomplished Jewish Communal Professional for its Director of Development position. As a member of the Federation’s Management Team, the successful candidate for this key fundraising position will have Annual, Capital, Grant and Endowment experience; possess strong interpersonal skills; understand the missions of Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Community Centers; be familiar with non-profit accounting and budgeting; maintain high attention to detail; be able to successfully manage multiple relationships and priorities concurrently; work well in a collegial, team-oriented environment; be computer literate, especially with regard to donor database management (i.e. Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge); have a proven track record of cultivating, engaging, soliciting and stewarding major donors; and be self-driven. Knowledge of the Jewish community and event management are critical. If you are someone who desires to have a direct impact on the success and vibrancy of the Santa Barbara Jewish community, working in partnership with a team of experienced professionals and community leaders, the Jewish Federation is looking for you! We are a community leader in providing vital services to the elderly and those in need throughout the community, Israel advocacy, Jewish cultural programs, Holocaust programming and education, and enriching life experiences for the entire community. Qualified candidates should forward their l ... more >
Jan 21 - Development Assistant
Women's Economic Ventures (WEV), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women, seeks to hire a full-time (40 hours/week) Development Assistant to work in the Santa Barbara office starting in January 2015. WEV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ... more >
Feb 10 - Storytelling for Fundraisers
(Feb. 10, 2016) Let us tell you a story. It’s a story about how you as a fundraiser are making the world a better place. It’s about how your organization is feeding, clothing preserving, advocating for, healing, teaching, protecting and serving—however it is you do—your chosen charges. Used skillfully, the power of storytelling can have transformative results. AFP had a chance to chat recently with master storyteller Tom Ahern about using storytelling in fundraising, the topic of his upcoming webinar. ... more >
Feb 9 - Government Relations Tool Kit: If You Build It They Will Come
(Feb. 8, 2016) The newest AFP Canada toolkit walks you through the process of working with government officials on behalf of your charity and/or the issue it represents. Now, the question is, are you ready to start using the information to further GR public policy relevant to the nonprofit sector? ... more >
Feb 9 - Andrew Watt, FInstF Again Named a Distinguished 2016 Improving Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy Co-honorary Chair
(Feb. 1, 2016) In February, The Financial Awareness Foundation selected their distinguished 2016 Improving Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy co-honorary chairs representing thought leadership within Academia, Media, and Financial & Nonprofit Associations. Once again, AFP President & CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF will join this prestigious group. ... more >
Feb 8 - AFP’s Canadian National Scholarship Program – Apply Now!
Interested in professional development but waiting for the “right” time? How about now, with the added assistance of an AFP financial scholarship? ... more >