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Next Chapter Event
Friday, October 16, 2015

Ethics: Practical Solutions for Common Dilemmas
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Plus a 10:00 Webinar
Building a Donor Ladder from Annual Gift to Ultimate Gift
one price cover both sessions!

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.

2015 Mentor Program Information - Click Here

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

2015 Chapter Meeting Dates

2015 CFRE CredentialsJanuary 16 - PR and How to Get It (Plus a 10:00 workshop)
  sponsored by KELLEHER & ASSOCIATES
February 20 - Working with Donors with Disabilities,
  sponsored by Bloomerang
March 20 - Women, Leadership & Philanthropy
  sponsored by First Foundation Bank 
April 17 - Capital Campaign Case Studies (Plus a 10:00 workshop)
  sponsored by Desert AIDS Project
May 15 -  Board Governance Challenges
   sponsored by Momentous Events 
June 19 - Board Recruitment & Retention (Plus a 10:00 workshop)
   sponsored by Mark Duebner Design 
July 15 - Member Social and "Bring a Guest" party at The Braille Institute,
  sponsored by The Braille Institute
September 18 - Meet the Funders (Plus a 10:00 Grant Writing workshop)
  sponsored by The Community Foundation
October 16 - Ethical Dilemmas
  (Plus a 10:00 webinar: How to Build a Donor Ladder from Annual Gift to Ultimate Gift
  sponsored by DesertARC
November 18 - National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon
December 11 - Holiday and Member Recognition Luncheon
   sponsored by Steinway Society



eileen packerWelcome - Thank you for visiting our Ten Star Chapter website!

AFP represents 33,000 members in 239 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.

Our Chapter, founded in 2006, provides unique connections with fellow development and nonprofit professionals and engaging educational programs.

Whether you are an AFP member or simply someone interested in learning more about ethical and effective fundraising, we cordially invite you to participate in our Chapter’s monthly education programs, networking opportunities, and National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon each November.

Eileen Packer



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