AFP CA, California Valley Chapter

San Joaquin Valley

California’s Valley Chapter has been serving the education and networking needs of fundraising professionals in the central San Joaquin Valley since 1987. Activities are open to AFP members and others involved in fundraising for non-profit organizations including board members and other volunteers.

Area served: Chapter members and guests come from Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Merced counties. Our more than 90 members represent organizations of all sizes. The organizations represented raise funds for a variety of non-profit organizations that support charitable causes and community betterment from A to Z including the arts and culture, animal welfare, education, health care, human services, poverty reduction, social issues and services.

Meetings: A workshop takes place the third Tuesday of each month.

Please see our website for current information.

Guests: Those who are not members of the Association are always welcome to attend our education and networking activities; participation fees are slightly higher for non-member guests.

Creating a community of ethical, informed and connected fundraising professionals who drive positive impact here in California’s Central Valley is our chapter’s commitment as we focus on expanding and improving our critical work.

Following is the dynamic slate of AFP board members for 2019 which includes nine new board members and many new board positions:

  • Tricia Holt - President
  • Amy Millis – President-elect
  • Teri Amerine – Immediate Past President
  • Shirin Assemi – Treasurer
  • Mike Ford – VP Education
  • Cara Perrachi-Douglas – VP Membership
  • Jackie Moreno – VP Communications
  • Song Vang – VP Resource Development
  • Dr. Michele Cantwell-Copher – Programming Chair
  • Rico Guerrero – Scholarship Chair
  • Alene Mestjian – Marketing/Social Media Chair
  • Charity Tokash – Advocacy Chair
  • Jasmine Atkins – Young Professionals Chair
  • Hollie Slater – National Philanthropy Day Chair
  • Mona Cummings – Mentoring Chair
  • Hannah Johnson – Youth in Philanthropy Chair
  • Vanessa Hanley – Ethics Chair
  • Kelvin Alfaro – Member-at-Large

We also welcome our new chapter administrator, LuAnn McCaslin.

Aligning with our commitment to better engage our members, we have more committee opportunities available for all AFP members. And as we all know, committees are only as good as its members…so we encourage you to join at least one committee.

In an effort to enhance our monthly chapter meetings, in addition to our monthly speaker(s) and topics, we will spotlight last year’s NPD Honorees at each meeting and present an Ethical Moment. Plus, our chapter meetings will qualify for CFRE continuing education credits for your own personal career advancement.

The nomination process for National Philanthropy Day will be earlier this year. Think of which donors and volunteers to nominate for this year’s honors to make this year’s celebration more vibrant than ever! But plan early as our nominations deadline will be June 30.

Our first chapter meeting will be “Women Impacting Women” and feature the work of PINC and CCWC on Tuesday, February 19 at noon at Pardini’s.

Mark your calendars for all of this year’s programming and go to to sign up.

Tuesday, February 19 – 12noon   Pardini’s
Women Impacting Women The Impact of PINC and CCWC
Presented by Teri Amerine, Jan Edwards, Ashley Webster, Annie Domingos
Sponsored by Valley Business Consulting

Watch for our
March After Hours MIXER
Details to come soon!

Tuesday, March 19 - 12 noon      Pardini’s
Time Vs. Treasure  How NextGen is producing top young board members
Presented by Brett Richesin
Sponsored by Saint Agnes Medical

Thursday, April 11 – 11:30am-1:30pm  Pardini’s
Please note this is program is longer than normal.
Planned Giving 1-2-3 A Planned Giving Primer
Presented by Andy Ragone, Crescendo
Collaboration with Central Valley Planned Giving Council

Monday, May 13 – 10:00am  Arte Americas
Students for Giving
Fresno State Humanics Students

Tuesday, May 21 – 12 noon   Pardini’s
Surpassing Past Success – The Legacy of Kids’ Day
Molly Marquez, Valley Children’s Healthcare
Sponsored by Valley Children’s Healthcare

Wednesday, June 12 – 8:30am-1:30pm   Pardini’s
Planned Giving Symposium
Collaboration with Central Valley Planned Giving Council

Tuesday, July 16 – 12 noon   Pardini’s
Lab Rats, A/B Testing, & How to Attract Donors w/ Email Marketing
Andy Ragone, Crescendo
Collaboration with Central Valley Planned Giving Council

Thursday, July 25 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm
After Hour MIXER
Come See the New Barn!
San Joaquin River Parkway Trust

August 2019
Latest Update on California’s Non-Profit
Jan Misouka, Cal Nonprofits

Watch for our
September After Hours MIXER
Details to come soon!

Tuesday, September 24 – 12noon   Pardini’s
Growing Impact of Hispanic Philanthropists
Tim Rios & Olga Nunez, Latino Giving Circle

Tuesday, October 15 – 12noon   Pardini’s
Meeting the Critical Needs of our Rural Communities
Davena Witcher, AMOR & Ruiz4Kids

Wednesday, November 13 – Pardini’s
National Philanthropy Day


Scholarship Opportunities
Congratulations to this year’s Chamberlain Scholar, Sara Frauenheim, who will be attending AFP ICON in San Antonio in March! This is Sara’s first AFP Conference.

Watch for opportunities to apply for next year’s scholarship later this summer.

There will also be a Diversity Scholarship available this fall. More information will follow in the coming months.

We encourage you to share any thoughts or ideas on what you’d like from our chapter by emailing

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2019!

-Tricia Holt, President 2018/2019


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