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Spotlighting Our Yosemite Chapter Founding Members

C. Richard ImageCarole Richard has a passion for life-long learning. She thinks it is tragic when people think that they don’t have more to learn.  So despite a law degree and ten years as a lobbyist, when Carole entered the field of fundraising she was determined to become competent in this new field.   Her research led her to the AFP Capital Chapter.  After years of traveling to Sacramento Carole was determined to bring the same opportunities for professional development to the greater Modesto area. Together with Patty Stone and the help of AFP veteran David Barnes and other local fundraisers they created AFP Yosemite Chapter in1998.  Carole was our first President and has continued to be active on the Board of Directors.

Carole is the Director of Development for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts at UC Merced, the 10th and newest campus of the University of California.  In that role, she enlists others to invest in and support the state’s newest research University and continues to live her passion for life long learning.

Prior to that role, Carole was the first Fund Development Director at Community Hospice in Modesto.   She worked with the organization to successfully surpass the goal to build the Alexander Cohen Hospice House raising $4.1 million.  She also worked with the Chief Executive Officer and legal counsel to create the Community Hospice Foundation in July 2001.  Carole oversaw a major gifts and planned giving program.   In 2006, the board began efforts to start an endowment campaign which continues to raise funds for unfunded patient care and services. 

Formerly, Carole was Executive Director of Resource Development for the Yosemite Community College District, and prior to that she served as Director of Grant Development for the college district. 

Prior to her fundraising positions, she worked in Sacramento for ten years as a legislative advocate and lobbyist for K-12 schools and for higher education/community colleges.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a law degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton.  Carole also attained her certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and was re-certified in 2007 and 2010.

Carol is one of the most knowledgeable and respected members in the organization.  Her dedication and accomplishments were recognized in 2005 during National Philanthropy Day when she was awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Professional.  She is a graduate of Leadership Modesto, and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Stanislaus Literacy Center. 


Patty ImagePatty Stone is one of the pillars on which the Yosemite Chapter of AFP was built. One of the founders of the chapter, Patty has been a creative force, inspiring the highest ethical standards for the non-profit community in Modesto.

After her positive impact with Community Hospice, in 1988 she took the helm of Doctors Medical Center Foundation.  Over 14 years she developed DMC into a valuable provider of health information and services.

In 2001 she became Chief Executive Officer of the Stanislaus Community Foundation. Patty has grown this granting foundation into a vital source of support to numerous nonprofit organizations throughout the county. Patty continues her community outreach with her commitment to a variety of service organizations, contributing greatly to the quality of life for many local residents.

Patty has served on community boards such as Doctors Medical Center, Family Service Agency, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Modesto Rotary Club, Stanislaus County Estate Planning Council, Great Valley Museum, Omega Nu, and Family Service Agency.  She has served as president for The Credit Bureau of Stanislaus, The Salvation Army, The Service League of Doctors Medical Center, and The McHenry Mansion Foundation. Further, she not only served as president, but founded or co-founded the McHenry Mansion Docent Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Yosemite Chapter.

Patty attended the University of Wisconsin and still has extended family in Madison.  She moved to Modesto in 1969 after serving as Court Clerk and Clerk of Court for Dane County, Wisconsin. She was Court Clerk for Judge William Zeff in Stanislaus County for eight years until leaving to begin her impressive nonprofit career.

Patty is, indeed, the Stone on which the chapter and so much in Modesto is built.  We are pleased to highlight her contributions and honored to have her leadership in advancing ethical philanthropy in our community. 


David ImageThe Yosemite Chapter is honored to have W. David Barnes, CFRE in our member spotlight. He has been a professional fundraiser since the 1960s (he was 3 at the time…) and has been a consultant who has helped his clients raise more than a billion dollars to extend their work in communities all over  the world.

David helped form the Arizona Fundraising Professionals group, which soon joined the fledgling National Society of Fundraising Professionals (his membership number is 780). In addition to founding that chapter, he also helped form the Capitol Chapter of AFP in Sacramento and our own Yosemite Chapter. Few people have had such an impact on AFP.

David has written a book on fundraising. It’s entitled “SUCCE$$ NOW! IN FUNDRAISING”   and has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Fund Raising Executive for the California Capital Chapter of AFP in 1987 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yosemite Chapter of AFP in 2003. He has been named to the Who’s Who in the West (1999), Who’s Who in America (2000) and Who’s Who in the World (also 2000). He has just renewed his CFRE for the 10th time.

We are inspired by David’s knowledge, his dedication to the profession, his humility, and his upbeat spirit.


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Carole Richard, Patty Stone and David Barnes share memories of founding the AFP Yosemite Chapter with the audience at at the AFP 50th Anniversary celebration.