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AFP CA, Valley Chapter: Legends in Philanthropy

Tuesday, October 18th

Don't miss hearing from two terrific men who have been instrumental in the Fresno philanthropy community. Dick Johanson will share his perspective and experiences as a donor toward many worthy causes. Dr. Peter Smits will lend his vast experiences of leading Fresno State's fundraising team for two decades.


Dick Johanson

Dick Johanson

Richard "Dick" Johanson is a life-long native of Fresno County except for the time he served in the Pacific Theatre and China with the Marine Corps during World War II. He attended San Joaquin Grammar School and Kingsburg High School. He is a graduate of Reedley College (Distinguished Alumnus) and Armstrong University (Distinguished Alumnus). He also holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from California State University Fresno.

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Peter Smits

Peter Smits, Former VP Advancement
Fresno State

Dr. Peter Smits is Vice President Emeritus at California State University, Fresno. With over 40 years’ experience in the advancement arena for higher education, he has extensive expertise with fundraising and campaigns, alumni relations, communications and foundation management. He is currently Senior Consultant with The Phoenix Philanthropy Group and a Senior Fellow at CASE International.

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Rico GuerreroPresident's Message

It is a privilege to serve as the 2016 President of the California – Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). AFP is a professional fundraising organization focused on the education, ethics and personal development of its membership, sharing best practices and mentoring its professionals and youth.

Fundraising professionals are a key part of many of our local organizations serving the Central Valley. Our professionals strive every day to bring resources to our community benefits organizations that provide a variety of programs and services to promote the welfare of others. Continue Reading →

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Upcoming Events

October 18, 2016 - Legends in Philanthropy

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The Next Generation of American Giving

The Charitable Habits of Generations Y, X, Baby Boomers and Matures

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2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends ReportIn this fifth annual edition of the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we answer these questions for you:

What’s the norm for nonprofit communications? We share what’s typical in nonprofit communications today.

Where are the points of conflict in nonprofit communications? We point out where communicators, fundraisers, and executive directors disagree, as well as other statistical differences in the data – quiz style.

What’s the portrait of a typical nonprofit communications director? We share a little more about the life and times of today’s nonprofit communications directors.

How are people really feeling about the coming year? We share what has you most excited and most scared about 2015.

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Sep 20 - Director of Development
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Oct 17 - Public Policy Update: Opportunities to Contribute to Public Policy and Public Debate!
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