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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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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 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 >
Oct 1 - Leadership Society Members
Members of the Leadership Society demonstrate sustaining commitment to the fundraising profession through their individual, cumulative giving of at least $10,000 and annual gifts of $1000 or more. Today, the Leadership Society honors 87 members from 49 chapters who actively support the work of AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. Their leadership and counsel, as board and committee members, mentors and advisors, enhance the profession by advancing ethical and effective fundraising internationally. ... more >
Sep 30 - AFP Top Ten (Week of September 30, 2015): Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
(Sept. 30, 2015) It’s time to change the way you communicate with donors, and many more topics in this week’s Top Ten, including seven drivers of donor loyalty; creating a visual case for support; four key lessons in charitable giving through bequests; words that will make or break your subject lines; and how to turn first-time visitors to your website into long-time donors. ... more >