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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.

AFP International sections at the top of this page will link you with a wealth of resources: from best practices to publications, ethics to international job listings, educational events and webinars.

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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.

AFP Definition:

Diversity and Inclusion in Fundraising – seeks to achieve a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, and cultures to ensure that the best possible thinking, ideas, opportunities and solutions are considered; intentionally creates a respectful and welcoming environment that is open to all; and appreciated the unique contributions of every member of the community.


Click here to view scholarship opportunities, including the 2016 Chamberlain award

to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. 

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Oct 6 - Director of Development
Develop and implement a fundraising plan for Ensemble Theatre Company. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, foster donor development through the identification and cultivation of prospective donors. Contribute to planning and future direction of the organization, in tandem with the senior staff team. ... more >
Sep 29 - Grant Writer
The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra seeks a part-time grant writer to oversee the SBCO's grant writing and reporting work. He/She is responsible for researching and identifying funder prospects, guiding the proposal preparation process, supervising report writing, and for working within the SBCO’s grant management system. He/She will work closely with the organization’s Executive Director and Director of Development, and will be a liaison with a portfolio of foundation, government, and other institutional grant makers. ... more >
Sep 24 - Senior Director Advancement Services and Data Analytics
Oversees all data services associated with fundraising and plays a key role in helping define and support program strategies and goals in the areas of Development, Annual Giving, Alumni & Parent Relations and Stewardship. Also provides leadership to data analytics and business intelligence (Big Data) including the business systems, tools, processes necessary to support objectives with fundraising and constituency engagement. ... more >
Oct 6 - Nine Fundraisers Earn International Advanced Diploma
(Oct. 7, 2015) Nine members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) are among the first class of graduates to earn the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF) developed by AFP, the London-based Institute of Fundraising and the Amsterdam-based European Fundraising Institute. ... more >
Oct 6 - Chatting about Social Media Ethics with David Tinker, CFRE, and Lisa Chmiola, CFRE
(Oct. 7, 2015) Engaging with donors online is now a must and more and more social media platforms provide not just access to individuals, but also to a great deal of personal information about them. But as someone once said to a certain web-slinging superhero, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Ahead of their upcoming AFP webinar, we recently chatted with David Tinker, CFRE and Lisa Chmiola, CFRE about how to responsibly and ethically interact with donors and donor information online. Click here to register for their webinar on October 14. ... more >
Oct 5 - NPD Manual
The National Philanthropy Day Manual is designed to help AFP chapters plan for their annual NPD event. ... more >
Oct 5 - New Report: Less Than Half of Donors Give Again to Organizations That They Supported in the Previous Year
(Oct. 1, 2015) While gains in giving out paced losses at charities in 2014, the number of donors fell, with less than half supporting the same organization two years in a row, according to the 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report. ... more >
Oct 1 - 2015 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
The following AFP chapters have led by example and achieved 100 percent board participation in the 2015 BE the CAUSE Campaign. These chapter boards serve as motivation and inspiration to chapter members to make their gifts. ... more >