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Congratulations to the 2017 Oustanding Honorees

of National Philanthropy Day in the Desert
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National Philanthropy Day Tickets, Tables and Sponsorships
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Next Chapter Luncheon on Friday, Septemer 15

Meet the Funders
Details Coming Soon

Interested in Joining AFP? Click Here for the Application

Need to Renew or Modify Your Membership? Click Here

Our Mission

The Desert Communities Chapter of the worldwide Association of Fundraising Professionals
advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising.The core activities through which the chapter fulfills this mission include education
and training, promoting credentialing, providing resources for fundraising effectiveness,
networking, mentoring, advocacy 
and recognition of philanthropy.

Unless noted, all events take place at
Agua Caliente Resort & Casino,
32-250 Bob Hope Drive (at I-10), Rancho Mirage

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2017 Chapter Meeting Dates
All events at Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage unless noted 

CFRE Logo PlainJanuary 20 - Blue Ocean Strategy
      plus 10:00 workshop - Employee Law 2017 Update
February 17 - Gifts of Real Estate, sponsored by Mark Duebner Design

March 17 - Prepping for a Strategic Plan sponsored by ACE Printing 
April 21 - P's & Q's of Public Speaking, sponsored by Desert AIDS Project
May 19 - Volunteer Management sponsored by Momentous
June 16 - Diversity, and a 10:00 workshop; sponsored by Lotus Garden
July 20  - Summer Social sponsored by Cathedral Senior Center and Modern Woodmen of America

September 15 - Meet the Funders sponsored by Kerry Hendrix / Morgan Stanley
October 20 - Ethics sponsored by WSB
November 8 - National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

December 8 - Member Recognition & Annual Meeting sponsored by Gay Desert Guide



Thank you for visiting your Desert Communities Chapter of the
Association of Fundraising Professionals, a Ten Star Gold Chapter!

It is our pleasure to share with you the benefits of AFP chapter membership.  Sarah Clapp
Membership in AFP provides you and your organization with:

  • Educational programs that enhance your fundraising knowledge and skills
  • Members-only access to research conducted by AFP International to help you keep current on trends and concerns among your peers
  • Discounts on program luncheons for you and a guest
  • Free job postings
  • Free advertising of  your events on Facebook
  • Scholarship opportunities for conferences
  • Discounted webinars on fundraising
  • The assurance that you and your organization adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights and Code of Ethical Conduct in all fundraising endeavors and
  • Lasting friendships

We look forward to getting to know you and welcome you to the AFP family!

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Kindest regards,

Sarah Clapp





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Aug 18 - Director of Development and Marketing
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Development plans, implements, and directs all fund raising activities including grant procurement, events, event sponsorships, major donor cultivation and marketing activities. ... more >
Jul 13 - Operations Manager
Oversee the day-to-day administrative operations of Desert Best Friend’s Closet, including grant management, screening, hiring and scheduling volunteers, managing the Boutique and office administration. ... more >
Jul 7 - Special Events Gift Officer
The Living Desert is currently seeking a candidate to join our Development team as the Special Events Gift Officer. This full-time, exempt Development Officer will work with the Director of Development, President/CEO, Development Staff, and appropriate Board and volunteer committees to progressively build the fundraising capacity of The Living Desert. The Special Events Gift Officer will play both external and internal roles planning, managing and executing a program of fundraising, cultivation and stewardship events. Key responsibilities include planning and analyzing cost-effective development events, forming relationships with and soliciting event sponsors and donors for Park events as well as donor-based events, setting revenue goals, coordinating and managing sponsors, vendors, employees and volunteers for development events. ... more >
Jun 11 - Director of Operations
This full time position at the Neuro Vitality Center in Palm Springs requires a skilled person who is good with people and will take that extra step to help out in all cases. There are three major areas that fall under the positions responsibilities: general operations, IT coordination and data management, as well as overseeing Jackie Lee's Thrift Shop. ... more >
Aug 16 - A New Narrative for Canadian Fundraising
Canada is not immune to charitable issues and negative news stories. The recent media attack on fundraisers and nonprofits in the UK spotlighted the risk of being unprepared to defend the fundraising profession and its activities. In this introduction, prepared as part of a Rogare discussion paper on the topic, Scott Decksheimer explores the problem, challenges and opportunities for building a new narrative for Canadian fundraising. ... more >
Aug 16 - AFP Top Ten (Week of August 16, 2017): Texting, Fundraising Nuggets, Writing Captivating Headlines & More!
(Aug. 16, 2017) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Aug 15 - Scholarships: Advance Your Fundraising Career With Scholarship Support
The deadline is only a couple weeks away. Apply now for financial scholarships for the upcoming conference year! ... more >
Aug 15 - Speaker Discovery Series: Everyone Has a Story to Tell
In July, eight future speaking stars stepped into the spotlight in the inaugural installment of the "Speaker Discovery Series,” a pathway for new speakers to become part of the AFP speaking community and a safe space for fundraisers to share their experiences. ... more >