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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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May 17 - Development and Campaign Coordinator
Position Summary: CALM is seeking a candidate who is eager to support an ambitious development program to raise funds to prevent and treat child abuse in Santa Barbara County. ... more >
May 10 - Development Manager, Distinguished Events
As the official sponsor of birthdays, we know how important each and every birthday is! Executes distinguished events portfolio of gala/golf events with accountability for a significant income target of $350- 600K. Ensures goal achievement through effective leadership, fundraising, event-related mission and advocacy activities, volunteer management and collaboration with diverse teams. Must have at least 2-3 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or other nonprofit experience in a similar capacity, as well as strong community knowledge, and proven engagement and mobilization of volunteers. at’s why we’re embarking on our most ambitious undertaking yet. Each year, we help cancer patients everywhere get the help they need when they need it. ... more >
May 10 - Major Gifts Officer
About the Position In collaboration with the Vice President of Philanthropy (VPP), and in accordance with the mission and values of Marian and Dignity Health, the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is responsible for managing the major and planned giving programs of the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation. The MGO is directly responsible for the discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of an active portfolio of major and planned giving donors and prospective donors. The MGO is skilled in balancing personal and technological approaches in building relationship with Marian donors and donor prospects to increase the volume of new donor relationships and build relationship with existing major and planned giving donors. Produces gift proposals, contact reports and appropriate follow-up materials; records activities and notes in donor tracking information system. In consultation with professional advisors, prepares proposals for prospects regarding appropriate gift instruments, as needed. The MGO will establish good working relationships with Administration, Directors of Marian Regional Medical Center departments, physicians, volunteers and Foundation Board of Directors. Selection Criteria • Experience in philanthropy identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and donor prospects with a proven track record of securing major and planned gifts. • Five years or more in philanthropy, preferably in a health care setting. • Three years’ experience in securing major and planned gifts. • Bachelor's degree in related field required. • Master’s degree and/or Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification desired. • Experience in relationship management donor tracking software. • Specialized training in major gifts and planned giving. • Exceptional verbal, written, interpersonal and presentation skills. • A polished, professional communication style is essential. • Works well independently identifying priorities and making independent ... more >
May 9 - Development Manager
JOB/POSITION SUMMARY: The Development Manager implements and sustains a comprehensive fundraising program for Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties. The Development Manager works collaboratively with the CEO, Ambassadors and Volunteers to develop and implement fundraising strategies throughout the region. ... more >
May 24 - AFP Top Ten (Week of May 25, 2016): Women’s and Girls’ Causes, Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy, More!
(May 25, 2016) Our weekly round-up of the top blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your goal. ... more >
May 18 - Leaving a Legacy for Your Community
(May 18, 2016) May is National LEAVE A LEGACY™ Month across Canada. LEAVE A LEGACY™ is a national public awareness program designed to encourage Canadians to leave a gift through their will to a charity of their choice. An article by Roger Ali that charities can use in their own communications as well. ... more >
May 18 - How to Make a Successful Call on a Major Donor Prospect
(May 18, 2016) Too often we measure success in dollars raised and forget that long-range fundraising is all about building relationships. AFP had a chance recently to chat with Gail Perry about donor visits and cultivation, the subject of her upcoming webinar on May 26. ... more >