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Announcing our March 2018

Lunch Meeting


Monthly Lunch Program:  Your Money Mind & Creative Ways to Give

March 1, 2018


Money means something different to each of us. Whether you see it as a way to enjoy life, protect yourself from pain, or take care of the ones you love, the way you feel about money affects the financial decisions you make every day. When you understand what your money means to you, you can make clear, smart choices about your financial life. This freedom is important for those who want to donate assets to the organizations and causes near to their heart. Attendees of this presentation will learn how to connect with prospective donors by better understanding their donors' motivations. And we'll cover several creative ways to give to nonprofits that benefit the donor more than simply writing a check. 


Jeff BurrowJeffrey S. Burrow is the Managing Director of the United Capital office in Modesto, California, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning Specialist℠  and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. He focuses on the wealth management needs of high-net-worth families, foundations and endowments, and businesses throughout the Central Valley of California.


AFP membership not required!  Come have lunch with us and see what we’re all about!


Register below using PayPal or send an email to


Thursday, March 1, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


LOCATION: Skewers Kabob House, 906 J Street , Modesto, CA, in the Elements Room.  (Parking on street or in the City Lot.)


Attendees should enter the Elements Room from the J Street entrance.


AFP Members: $15.00; Non-Members: $20.00 Lunch is included.  Register today!


Please RSVP by Tuesday, January, 30, 2018, 4:00 PM


Register today!



Reservation/Refund Policy

  • If you register for the meeting and pay in advance via Paypal and are unable to attend, you will NOT receive a refund for your payment.
  • If you register in advance without paying and are unable to attend, you will be billed for lunch via PayPal invoice, due and payable on receipt.
  •  If you register and pay in advance but inform us of your inability to attend before the RSVP deadline we will refund your payment. Under the same circumstances if you don’t pay but let us know before the deadline, you will not receive an invoice.
  • We will not carry over your payment to the following month’s meeting.
  • You may designate another to attend in your place in order to retain the value of your registration. In the case where a non-member substitute is designated, that person must pay the balance of $5.00 to attend.
  • Walk-ins, please note: Preregistered attendees will be given priority for lunch. If you don't register in advance, we are unable guarantee adequate food for everyone. You will be charged to attend. 

Members Only 



Current AFP members (only!) have access to a variety of helpful articles and resources on the AFP International website. Check out the links below to learn more about major gifts, benchmarks, and prospect research. You may need to login to get full access to these articles and more! Want to be a member? Click here!:


1.  Hot Topic: Cause-Related Marketing/Sponsorships Many companies recognize the benefit of community involvement as a way to improve their image and identity within the community. Companies may give to their communities by providing in-kind gifts, matching gifts, pro bono services, office or meeting space, and skilled volunteers. Corporate philanthropy takes place through direct monetary gifts to a nonprofit, often made through the corporation's foundation. Companies also may support nonprofits through cause-related marketing or corporate sponsorships. Continue reading...  (Members Only)


2. Hot Topic: Fundraising Policies: Getting Creative with fundraising could mean receiving unusul gifts (see article below). Does your organization have policies in place when that happens? Policy, as defined in AFP’s Fundraising Dictionary, is “broad and general statements that are guiding principles designed to influence and determine the decisions and actions of an organization.” Learn more. (Members Only)


3. Creative Receiving? Well intentioned or not, donors will give nearly anything to charity. What’s the strangest gift your organization has ever received, and were you able to use it in a creative way? 


A recent article in the Austin-American Statesman (“Purple pantyhose and load of manure force nonprofits to get creative,” July 8) reports on charities receiving 100 right-foot boots; a giant, realistic gorilla mannequin; edible massage oils; and a bag of diapers signed by a celebrity.


The charity receiving the boots filled them with dirt and flowers and used them as centerpieces for a special event, but the gorilla was so lifelike that it scared children and had to be removed.

People not wanting to throw anything away or not understanding exactly what the charity does might be two reasons why people give such unusual donations, according to the article. Others may just want to do or give something—anything—and that may lead to not-so-common gifts. The full article is on the Austin American-Statesman website. (For everyone.)




AFP International Conference is seeking artists to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the Member Art. Deadline for Submission: March 16, 2018

AFP’s members’ got talent, so please let us know if you want to display your artwork!


Members interested in submitting artwork should complete the form:


For more information


Association of Fundraising Professionals,
Yosemite Chapter










Save the Date


Throughout the year, AFP Yosemite Chapter offers a variety of education sessions to help its members grow as fundraising professionals. Check out these upcoming events and mark your calendars! For more information,you can find our 2018 Program Schedule here.


April 5, 2018 - Board Management. Presented by Monica Ojcius and a select group of panelists


May 3, 2018 - How Fundraising and Finance Can Get Along. Presented by Roxanne Shockey, CPA and Assurance Partner, Atherton & Associates


View/Print our 2018 Program Schedule

Know Your Network


Wondering how many of your friends and associates are members of AFP? Want to know which organizations find AFP membership an important part of their fundraising efforts?  Find out here.


AFP Yosemite Chapter welcomes our newest members: Jane E. Manley.


Our renewing members are: Keenan Krick - United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County; Carla Whitehurs - Gallo Center for the Arts; and Karen Williams - LearningQuest-Stanislaus Literacy Centers.

Friends of Diversity Designation: 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Yosemite Chapter began 2018 by naming awardees for the chapter’s
annual Diversity Scholarship and its 2018 Board Members.


Congratulations to our Chapter Diversity Scholarship Recipients: DeAsia Strong, Corporate Sponsorship and Special Event Coordinator, Gallo Center for the Arts; Rochele Roura-Foster, Fundraising/Marketing Program Manager, LearningQuest – Stanislaus Literacy Centers; Diana Gonzalez, Development Specialist, Center for Human Services. More details in this Oakdale Leader article.

Job Postings


AFP Yosemite Chapter occasionally is informed of job openings that we have agreed to post on our website. Our Chapter includes members from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties.


Central Catholic High School is accepting applications for Annual Funds CoordinatorPosition Filled


United Way of Stanislaus County is accepting applications for
Vice President of Fund Development.


Do you have an employment opportunity? Post your job here.

About AFP 


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in nearly 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information,






AFP Yosemite Chapter Contact Information:


By mail:

P.O. Box 1168

Modesto, CA 95354


By Email:


Visit our website:


 Community Events


Convince Your Boss" to Support You at the 2018 International Fundraising Conference!


Are you interested in attending the AFP 2018 conference in New Orleans but need a little extra help? Click here to check out our "Convince Your Boss" template to outline the reasons why you need to be in attendance at the world's largest conference for professional fundraisers. Know a fellow fundraiser in need?

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Check out AFP Yosemite Chapter’s calendar to view upcoming community events. Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to include? Please send your event information to and we’ll post it! Click here to view the event calendar.