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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 2017 speakers!

Rebecca Anderson (Ganna Walska Lotusland), Rich Block (Santa Barbara Zoo), Jeff Brooks (TrueSense Marketing), Jan Campbell (Santa Barbara Foundation), Betsy Blanchard Chess (Ventura County Agriculture Museum), Yulanda Davis-Quarrie (St. Lucy’s Priority High School), Karen Evenden (Ojai Women’s Fund), Jill Rushing Fonte (Sansum Clinic), Dina Furash (Interface Children & Family Services), Dru Hartley (Sansum Clinic), Catherine Kort (Interface Children & Family Services), Lydia Hopps (Community Memorial Health), Michelle Howard (Wilderness Youth Programs), Trina Hudson (The Hudson Company), Karl Hutterer (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History), Nicole Ipach (CSU Channel Islands), Elaine Mah Best (Santa Barbara Zoo), Roberto Martinez (Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo), Rebecca Merrell (Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc.), Emilie Neumann (Weingart Foundation), Jerusha Schmalzel (Blackbaud Inc.), Mary Schmitz (Community Memorial Health), Jarrod Schwartz (Just Communities), Berta Steele (Temple Beth Torah), Joel Weiss (Crane County Day School), Debbie Williams (Crane County Day School), Steve Willmont (Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc.), Crystal Wyatt (Santa Barbara Zoo)


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

Santa Barbara Foundation as a chapter sponsor this year.

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Mar 19 - Communications & Marketing Specialist
The Communications & Marketing Specialist develops and manages the execution of the Museum’s marketing initiatives and programs, coordinates with other departments and outside vendors and agencies, gathers and prepares information and materials for use in advertising, branding, social networking, and general messaging of Museum activities, and promulgates as appropriate to the media and all audiences. The Communications & Marketing Specialist also insures that the Museum maintains a consistent image by implementing a multi-faceted marketing plan that includes press and community relations, social media, and website content management. ... more >
Mar 19 - Corporate Giving Manager
The Corporate Giving Manager is responsible for creating, administering and implementing the organization’s fund development plan to realize corporate fundraising targets in concert with the CDO and Development team. This entails ensuring a growth strategy for the future, organizing outreach efforts and managing relationships with the organization’s new and existing supporters. The Corporate Giving Manager is an integral part of a countywide Development Department. ... more >
Mar 19 - Director of Development
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara seeks a creative, energetic, and accomplished fundraising professional to serve as Director of Development. ... more >
Mar 20 - Three Things You Need to Know About Hosting a Charity Auction
(Mar. 20, 2018) An auction can be one of the best ways to raise money for your cause—provided you know what you're doing, of course. Here's a bit of advice to help you get started. ... more >
Mar 20 - Mastering the Four Fundamentals of Diversity in Giving
The AFP Webinar on Diversity in Giving: Moving from Awareness to Action, presented by Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE, and Dr. Janice Gow Pettey on March 14, highlighted the need for fundraising today to be tailored to the interests, value, and traditions of the many, replacing the one size fits all approach. ... more >
Mar 20 - AFP Young Professional Spotlight: Leah Heister
AFP talked with Leah Heister, one of our first Outstanding Young Professionals, about how she got involved in fundraising, what it’s like to work in the consulting field, and the importance of networking and mentoring. ... more >
Mar 20 - April is National Financial Literacy Month—Ways to Educate Donors About Financial and Charitable Planning
April 2018 is the 14th anniversary of National Financial Literacy Month and an important opportunity for all charities to help educate donors about financial challenges and how planning—and including philanthropy in your planning—can help overcome those challenges. ... more >
Mar 19 - Member Spotlight: Cherrelle Duncan
AFP interviews one of our first Outstanding Young Professionals, Cherrelle Duncan, and discusses what she's learned so far in her career and what she thinks the profession needs to be better! ... more >