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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! 

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. 


The AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter is honored to recognize

Santa Barbara Foundation as a chapter sponsor this year.

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Jan 20 - Development Director
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is searching for an experienced and dynamic Development Director to join our team. The candidate will create and oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which will include major gifts, corporate donations, special events, grant solicitations, and in-kind resources. The ideal candidate is passionate about resource development and possesses expert knowledge of all areas of fundraising. The incumbent must be a skillful leader that engages and maintains positive relationships with board, community members, donors, volunteers, and staff. Primary duty includes responsibility for developing and executing strong fundraising strategies to secure upwards of $1.2M annually by building an innovative and comprehensive development program that will weather changing economic circumstances. This position will have heavy emphasis on coordinating and executing giving campaigns, sponsorships, fundraising events, and donor engagement events. A significant amount of time will be dedicated to the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The incumbent will assist with visioning of marketing, including electronic giving platforms, to build awareness and support of mission. This position is full-time and exempt. Excellent health benefit package included, plus competitive holiday and paid time off provided. Pre-employment background check required. Clean driving record a must. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, salary history, salary requirements, and five professional reference contacts to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. ... more >
Jan 17 - Marketing & Membership Manager
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden seeks a strategic communicator to design outreach efforts to build awareness and appreciation of, and investment in the Garden’s mission. The Marketing & Membership Manager (MMM) will lead the Garden’s marketing strategy to advance the Garden’s mission and to grow visitation, membership, donations, class participation, nursery/shop sales, and volunteer engagement. The MMM will also lead the membership program, developing plans for membership acquisition and retention. With the guidance of the Director of Development & Communications, the MMM is responsible for designing and executing an annual strategic communications plan to favorably position the Garden to different constituents and to achieve measurable growth in new and existing audiences by: increasing awareness of the Garden as an essential local, regional, and national resource for beauty, education, conservation and scientific research, and as a destination for visitors. This is an exempt full-time (40 hours per week) position that reports to the Director of Development & Communications. The MMM will supervise a part-time Multimedia Coordinator as well as interns and volunteers. For a complete job description visit: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing example to by January 31, 2017. Thanks! Stephanie ... more >
Jan 17 - Donor Services Associate
The Santa Barbara Symphony is seeking to hire a full-time Donor Services Associate. This position will report to the Director of Development and assist with all aspects of planning and implementation of development strategies to successfully achieve established fundraising goals for the Santa Barbara Symphony. This position functions as the assistant for the department and serves as a membership coordinator for all annual fund donors. This includes coordination and management of the Symphony’s events for donors and prospects. The Donor Services Associate also serves as manager for the database. ... more >
Jan 19 - AFP Canada Board of Directors 2017 Nominations
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is proud to announce that a new AFP Canada Board governance structure will be implemented in 2017. Nominations to serve on the first Board of Directors are open until January 31, 2017. ... more >
Jan 18 - AFP Top Ten (Week of January 16, 2017): Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy, More on the Overhead Myth, Storytelling More!
(Jan. 16, 2017) 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 12 - What’s Top of Mind for Fundraisers in 2017?
(Jan. 11, 2017) Instead of predicting what might happen in 2017 (and you can find a lot of those articles here), we asked a few AFP members what issues they are most concerned about—the trends or challenges that are keeping them up at night. ... more >
Jan 11 - AFP Top Ten (Week of January 9, 2017): Communicating Effectively, Buy-A-Brick Fundraising, The Donor Journey, More!
(Jan. 9, 2017) 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 4 - Russell Raker, Father of the ACFRE Program, Passes Away
Russell Raker, ACFRE, former AFP board member who led the development and implementation of the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Credential (ACFRE) program, passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 75. ... more >