AFP Golden Gate Chapter: 50th Anniversary
2021 is the 50th anniversary of the AFP Golden Gate Chapter. As one of the oldest AFP Chapters in the nation, we're thrilled to celebrate the many milestones that our chapter and our members have achieved on behalf of the fundraising profession in the San Francisco Bay Area. In recognition of this milestone, we reached out to former members and Board Members to solicit memories, testimonials, artifacts and other accomplishments that chart our chapter's journey. We're pleased to present our collection of chapter milestones, a bookshelf of books published by members, and a growing collection of testimonials from some of our most notable members. We invite you to explore!
 
A Timeline of Milestones:
  • April 2021 - The AFP Golden Gate Chapter launched its Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee who main program is the IDEA Fellowship. The IDEA Fellowship is a year-long program for fundraisers from underrepresented communities, including fundraisers of color (African-American, Latinx, Hispanic, Asian), LGBTQ and/or gender nonconforming fundraisers, Indigenous, other underrepresented communities, and emerging fundraisers who work at smaller, under-resourced nonprofits. The program was created to recruit, retain, and mentor diverse nonprofit fundraisers from the Bay Area, with the intent to break down the barriers of entry to be a part of AFP Golden Gate. We also hope that this program encourages underrepresented professionals to feel empowered to become a part of our leadership team the following year.
  • March 2020 - Kay Sprinkel Grace, FAFP, author, international speaker and one of the most respected voices in the fundraising profession, has been named the 2020 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The Outstanding Fundraising Professional award is the highest honor that AFP bestows upon one of its members, recognizing effective, creative and stimulating leadership, as well as the practice and promotion of ethical fundraising.
  • January 2020 - Founding of the Young Professionals Committee at AFP Golden Gate to engage more younger professionals in becoming involved with the chapter through events and conversations around fundraising as a career.
  • December 2019 - Fundraiser Mal Warwick was named Distinguished Fellow by AFP Global for Contributions to the Profession, Philanthropy. The Distinguished Fellows Program recognizes individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the association, philanthropy and the fundraising profession, and who will continue to advance ethical and effective fundraising through their volunteer and advisory work. The designation represents the pinnacle of service to the profession and to the tenets of giving, volunteerism and philanthropy. 
  • 2017 - The Golden Gate Chapter launches the Hank Rosso Forum in collaboration with Development Executives Roundtable (DER). The Forum is a bi-annual event, in the format of an afternoon of panel discussions and speakers on issues and opportunities that face today’s fundraisers, followed by a networking reception. Hank Rosso was a pioneering Bay Area fundraising, the founder of DER, and the author of Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.
  • 2017 - The AFP International Conference is hosted by the AFP Golden Gate Chapter in San Francisco.
  • 2016 - Kay Sprinkel Grace was named Distinguished Fellow by AFP Global.
  • 2008 - Janice Gow Petty is chair emeritus of both AFP Ethics Committee and the AFP Research Council. In 2008, Janice was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award from the Golden Gate Chapter of AFP. 
  • 2005 - The first Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award was presented to Homelessness Youth Leadership Program.
  • 2002 - The first Outstanding Foundation Professional Award was presented to Bruce Sievers, PhD. For several years, Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) was a co-sponsor of NPD.
  • November 2001 - Golden Gate Chapter chosen by AFP to receive the 2002 Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award. AFP sponsors an annual awards program to recognize outstanding achievement by chapters for their diversity, communications, and community service programs. 
  • 2001 - The AFP Golden Gate Chapter participated in the Northwest Symposium in Seattle, which was a regional fundraising conference organized by AFP chapters in the northwest of the United States and from southwest Canada.
  • 2000 - The AFP Golden Gate Chapter received Founder's Award for Public Service.
  • 2000 - The Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership was named in honor of AFP-GGC member Barbara Marion, who was the first woman to chair AFP Global Board and Foundation Board.
  • 1996 - The AFP Golden Gate Chapter launched its Multi-Cultural Alliance, an initiative dedicated to support development professionals that takes into consideration issues of race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they impact the fund development field and process. Numerous Chapter members were involved in launching this effort, including Chiquita Tuttle, Lupe Gallegos Diaz, Rochon Perry, Mary Schmidt, Dan Geiger, Kim Klein and Sherri Young. Byron Johnson was one of the first guest trainers. The San Francisco Foundation provided funding to cover costs of AFP membership for MCA members.
  • 1993 - The first Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) accreditations are awarded and Golden Gate Chapter members Marjorie Winkler and David Madson are in the inaugural group.
  • 1990 - The first Lifetime Achievement Award (designed as a periodic rather than annual award) was presented to Louise M. Davies in 1990.
  • 1989 - The first Vineyards Award for organizations under $1 million was presented to the Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services.
  • 1987 - The first Outstanding Philanthropist Award was presented to Richard and Rhoda Goldman.
  • 1986 - The first Outstanding Corporate Corporate Grantmaker Award was presented to Chevron Corporation.
  • 1986 - The first Outstanding Foundation or Community Grantmaker Award was presented to Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
  • 1986 - The first Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award was presented to Robert B. Shetterly.
  • 1986 - AFP Golden Gate Chapter organizes the first National Philanthropy Day in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • 1985 - The first Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award was presented to Henry A. Rosso, CFRE. The award was later renamed in his honor.
  • January 1985 - The AFP Golden Gate chapter provided strategic and administration assistance to charter AFP's Silicon Valley Chapter. To this day, the AFP Silicon Valley Chapter continues to be a premier source for Fundraising education, Professional Development opportunities and peer-to-peer networking in the Bay Area.
  • 1971 - The AFP Golden Gate chapter was founded by a group of passionate fundraisers. Among the founders were Bob Blum, Barbara Marion, Glenn Esssex, and Jerry Mapp (from the York School in Monterey).
50th Anniversary Bookshelf of Authors:
 
Many of our past AFP Golden Gate members and officers are published authors. Below is a sampling of their works.

AFP Golden Gate 50th Anniversary Testimonials:
 

AFP Golden Gate: 50th Anniversary Testimonial -
Here's to the Memories Made with AFP
By Theresa Nelson



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AFP Golden Gate: 50th Anniversary Testimonial -

A Tribute to Our Chapter and its Leadership Over the Years
By Patricia L. Stirling




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AFP Golden Gate: 50th Anniversary Testimonial -

When a Hero (Mentor) Comes Along
By Esther Landau



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My Fundraising Journey with AFP
By Kay Sprinkel Grace


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The Golden Gate Chapter Over the Years: Innovative, Supportive, and Ahead of the Curve
By Pamela Cook

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