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July 21st

LEGENDS: Lessons Learned and Wisdom Shared

Presenters: Bill Lucido, Mike Ford

Legends are described as those who are heroic, supernatural, famous, and notorious. Both of these men have served as philanthropy legends in our community and made great impacts on the lives of others. Their leadership and success has inspired many whom they mentored to follow in their path, continuing to serve a variety of non-profits throughout the valley. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from their experiences – as they share their perspectives on what made their careers in philanthropy memorable and fulfilling – and truly LEGENDARY!

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Bill Lucido

Bill Lucido

Deacon Bill Lucido was born in Quantico, VA, and grew up in San Diego. He attended Catholic grammar school in Ocean Beach, CA, and graduated from University of San Diego High School. After two years at the University of San Diego he transferred to Fresno State College and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1970. He earned his pilot’s wing from the United State Air Force and spent 30 years in the California Air National Guard logging over 7 thousand flying hours.

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Mike Ford

Mike Ford

A nationally renowned teacher and fundraiser, Michael C. Ford has spent his entire working life in those two career related fields. He began as a seventh and eighth grade Language Arts, High School Latin, and 12th grade English teacher before moving into higher education. Ford served as Associate Dean for Humanities and Chair of the English department. As a tenured professor of English, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, linguistics and literature at some of the nation’s premier universities.

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headshot_kprice_croppedPresident's Message

Being a fundraiser means more than just fundraising. Fundraisers are the connection between donors and causes, the catalysts that make philanthropy happen. No two fundraisers are alike just like no two causes or campaigns are alike. Fundraising is about what you want it to be- what you want to focus on and what impact you want to have on the world. It is only limited by your imagination.

What impact will you have on fundraising in 2015?




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Upcoming Events

May 5, 2015 Annual Spring Symposium

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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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Jul 6 - Director of Annual Giving
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County Director of Annual Giving Job Description: PRIMARY FUNCTION: Reporting directly to the Chief Professional Office, the Director of Annual Giving will be responsible for working with volunteers and leadership to achieve the annual fundraising goals for the Club by maintaining and expanding relationships with individuals who give outside of events. Key roles include: working with a Resource Development Committee and the Board to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, secure and steward individual donors; assist in development of a comprehensive individual fundraising resource development plan; and support volunteers in their fundraising endeavors. KEY ROLES: Fundraising – Works with Senior Leadership and volunteers to: • Design, implement and manage fundraising activities in support of annual and planned gifts • Manage strategies and activities for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with accountability for face-to-face donor visits; • Create new potential donors with presentations and follow-up invitations to engage them and connect with Boys & Girls Club activities and events. • Represent Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County to current and potential individual supporters. • Work closely with and coordinate stewardship activities with the Director of Special Events for event donors. • Actively cultivates and stewards current and potential donors, with an emphasis on growing individual donor base. • Participate in the development and execution of small gatherings relationship building events and “friend-raisers”. • Develops a comprehensive planned-giving and endowment program. • Works with Club staff to implement a stewardship plan and provides input and reviews development-related communications. • Enters donor activity in database. • Works closely with CPO and Supporter Donor Staff and contributes as needed to o Conduct database maintenance and repo ... more >
Apr 28 - Registration
Registration deadlines for 2014 NPD ... more >
Nov 1 - 2014 NPD Awardees
Info on all honorees ... more >
Jul 29 - 2015 100 Percent Chapter Board Participation
The following AFP chapters have led by example and achieved 100 percent board participation in the 2015 BE the CAUSE Campaign. These chapter boards serve as motivation and inspiration to chapter members to make their gifts. ... more >
Jul 29 - AFP Top Ten (Week of July 29, 2015): 22 Power Questions to Ask Your Major Gift and Capital Campaign Donors
(July 29, 2015) Learn about a number of great topics in this week’s top ten, including how to shoot high-quality video using your table or smart phone; 15 game-changing donor prospect tools; why peer-to-peer fundraising is so effective; whether you’re forging—or forcing—a relationship with a donor; and more! ... more >
Jul 27 - AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada: Your Gift at Work
(June 9, 2015) The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada has put together some infographics to illustrate how your donation is strengthening the fundraising profession and the philanthropic sector in Canada. We’ll be showing new infographics in each Canada eWire. This week focuses on impact in scholarships, mentorships and regional initiatives. ... more >
Jul 23 - The 2015 Compensation and Benefits Report
(July 21, 2015) Salaries for professional fundraisers in the United States were flat in 2014, while they experienced solid growth in Canada, according to the AFP 2015 Compensation and Benefits Report. ... more >
Jul 15 - Top Ten (Week of July 15, 2015): Seven Things You Can Ask a First-Time Donor to Do Before Asking for More Money
(July 15, 2015) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including key takeaways from the 2015 World Wealth Report; five strategies for getting more corporate sponsorships; the power of non-cash gifts; a nifty guide to major donor prospect research; myths about techies and philanthropy; and more! ... more >