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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.

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Sep 16 - Public Events Manager (with Focus on Fundraising and Marketing)
UCSB Sustainability seeks an experienced fundraiser and event promoter to join the team organizing the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). ($19.48/hr. at 50% time. Primary Consideration Date: 9/30/2014.) Apply for this unique opportunity to contribute to the statewide effort to integrate sustainability practices and principles into the four systems of higher education in California, the California State University, University of California, California Community Colleges, and private and independent colleges of California. As a Public Events Manager, this position will primarily work on building relationships with sponsors, fundraising, and marketing/promoting the event to stakeholders at higher education campuses throughout the state. The Public Events Manager will work closely with the Sr. Public Events Manager (Katie Maynard), our host campus, steering committee, and an array of stakeholders across the state. The position will be hosted by the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Each year’s conference is in a different location in California, so some travel for site visits will be expected. For more information, please see the posting on the UCSB website: ... more >
The Assistant Director of Development is a successful professional who is a collaborative and creative strategic thinker, a leader and team-builder. He/she reports to the Director of Development and is expected to bring energy, enthusiasm and creativity to all development programs and initiatives. The Assistant Director of Development will execute and manage Laguna’s annual giving programs, including the Jogathon, Auction and Annual Fund. He/she will also assist with donor cultivation and stewardship activities. The Assistant Director will also serve as liaison to the Parent’s Auxiliary. ... more >
Aug 31 - Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Seeks Grants Coordinator (Santa Barbara County)
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is seeking an experienced Grants Coordinator with a proven track record of success for a full-time position. Location: Santa Barbara Reports to: Director of Grants Hours: Non-exempt (hourly) full time position (40 hours/week). Compensation: $22/hr The Grants Coordinator position is responsible for grant and report submissions in a timely manner to -family foundations, corporations, churches, community organizations, cities, county, and other funders -in alignment with strategic goals and priorities of Foodbank. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, writing samples and references via email to No phone calls, please. This is an excellent opportunity for the ideal candidate to grow and advance in a dynamic position. This job description does not constitute a contract. ... more >
Aug 25 - Annual Fund Manager
The Annual Fund Manager, under the direction of the Director of Development, is responsible for planning and executing the SBCPA Annual Fund Program including development and oversight of program budget. The Annual Fund Manager will work collaboratively as part of team of SBCPA managers to foster productive relationships with donors, sponsors, staff, volunteers, vendors and the community at large. ... more >
Sep 16 - Top Ten (Week of September 15, 2014): Can You Plan on IRA Charitable Rollover?
(Sept. 15, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including making storytelling part of your culture, how to finish the year strong, using bitcoin, collaborations in grant proposals, how to check your current website against best practices and much more! ... more >
Sep 16 - New Partnership to Increase Student Philanthropy, Community Involvement
AFP and the Jefferson Awards Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership between the AFP Youth in Philanthropy program and the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Students In Action Program. ... more >
Sep 10 - AFP's Response to National Post Article on Policing of Political Activities of Charities
(Sept. 8, 2014) Recently, Andrew Coyne penned this column in the National Post focused on the policing of political activities of charities. Coyne concluded that the best means of addressing the situation is to “take away the charitable tax designation—not selectively, based on their ability to dance on the head of a CRA pin, but across the board, outright.” The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) finds this conclusion fundamentally flawed. The charitable tax designation and the tax credit represent a gesture of confidence on the part of the people by way of their elected representatives, an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of nonprofit and community action and a commitment to the longstanding tradition of philanthropy in Canada. ... more >