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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.

We invite you to visit our chapter’s Facebook page!

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 2017 Chamberlain award

to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. 

Thank you to our 2016 speakers!

Rick Boller (Santa Barbara Bowl), Lori Goodman (CALM),  Carrie Hughes (Casa Pacifica), Rebecca Merrell (Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc), Jonathan Bishop (Music Academy of the West), Jeff Conway (CFRE), Jeff Conway & Associates, Patricia Heller (CFRE), Cottage Health, Jonell McLain (Volunteer Fundraiser), Ashley Brown (CA Lutheran University), Kelly Tetzlaff (Boys & Girls Clubs of America), Ben Golding (Advancement Resources), Ron Gallo (Santa Barbara Foundation), Diane Devine (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History), Amy Bailey Jurewicz (Ventura Family YMCA), Michelle Spurgeon (CA Lutheran University), Kathy Wertheim (Werth-It), & Steve Willmont (Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc). 

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

Santa Barbara Foundation as a chapter sponsor this year.

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Jun 12 - Director of Development - SBWCN.ORG
The SBWCN is a nonprofit organization that rescues & rehabilitates injured or orphaned wildlife, including birds, reptiles and small mammals in Santa Barbara County and beyond. The focus of this DOD position is to identify, cultivate, and secure major gift donors for the organization. In addition, this position is responsible for creating annual giving solicitations, administrative duties such as Board support and training, the planning and coordination of a capital campaign, and to grow this dynamic organization. ... more >
Jun 12 - Director of Development
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is seeking a highly motivated full-time Director of Development for our new science museum. MOXI opened to the public on February 25, 2017, and aims to serve over 100,000 visitors per year with its mission “to ignite learning through interactive experiences that empower curious minds,” specifically in the area of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. MOXI recently completed a successful $25 million capital campaign to complete its new facility complete with exhibits, and will provide for an endowment of more than $4 million. The director will work with the President/CEO and a board Advancement Committee to create both the vision and strategies for cultivating and stewarding a broad donor base to develop strong relationships and achieve annual revenue goals. The director will manage a team of creative, energetic staff who assist the director in performing the museum’s major gifts, annual giving, membership, and facility rental efforts. This position requires excellent strategic thinking, leadership and relationship-building skills combined with the ability to get hands-on with the necessary tactics to reach annual targets. Essential experience includes leading successful annual giving campaigns and managing a team of high-performing staff. ... more >
Jun 20 - Canada at the International Fundraising Summit: Now It’s Time to Prepare!
Now that he’s attend the International Fundraising Summit, AFP Canada Board Chair Scott Decksheimer, CFRE, says Canada needs to learn from what’s happening in other countries to be better prepared for the future of our profession. ... more >
Jun 20 - AFP Top Ten (Week of June 21, 2017): Large Boards, Managing Your Time, Donor Recognition Opportunities & More!
(June 21, 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 >
Jun 15 - CRA Recommendations Support Public Policy Engagement by Charities
(July 13, 2017) In a significant win for Canada’s charitable sector, the Canada Revenue Agency has recommended major changes to laws and regulations that will encourage charities to engage more fully in public policy dialogue and development. ... more >