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The Association of Fundraising Professionals

Founded in 1960, for 50 years The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. The AFP advances philanthropy through its 30,000 members in 210 chapters throughout the world. The San Diego Chapter of AFP was established in 1970. With over 300 members, AFP San Diego Chapter is considered one of the larger AFP chapters.

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Oct 13 - Director of Development
Challenge Center ( is seeking a Director of Development to lead its growing fundraising, business development, and marketing efforts. Challenge Center is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to transform the quality of life and independence of children, adults, and seniors with physical disabilities and their families thought specialized physical therapy, fitness, and wellness programs, subsidized for individuals with low income. This position is full time. ... more >
Oct 3 - Head of Philanthropy
OPPORTUNITY: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) is dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow. Sanford-Burnham, with operations in California and Florida, is one of the fastest-growing research institutes in the country. The Institute ranks among the top independent life-science research institutions nationally and among the top organizations worldwide for its research impact. Sanford-Burnham has established major research programs in cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases. The Institute is especially known for its dedication to excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and world-class capabilities in stem cell research and drug discovery technologies. Sanford-Burnham is a nonprofit public benefit corporation employing more than 900 scientists and a total of more than 1,200 people. Sanford-Burnham seeks a seasoned Head of Philanthropy, to provide the leadership, strategic vision and insight necessary to execute an effective and comprehensive advancement program that ensures the long-term sustainability of Sanford-Burnham and its research for cures to a myriad of diseases and disorders. This highly motivated individual will lead a dedicated multidisciplinary team to define and achieve an ambitious and innovative results-based strategy for the organization’s fundraising initiatives and to increase the Institute’s visibility and philanthropic outcomes. The position, based at Sanford-Burnham’s La Jolla campus, provides a unique opportunity to increase the Institute’s trajectory locally, nationally and globally, by creating a strong culture of philanthropy, building the Institute’s brand, and strengthening the medical research organization’s position as one of the world’s premier biomedical research institutes. With a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the helm, the Head of Philanthropy has an opportunity to ... more >
Oct 2 - Communication Coordinator
This full time position coordinates all functions of the Communications Department at Interfaith Community Services (ICS). Key responsibilities include creating agency publications, compiling photographs, writing, editing, and executing production within a variety of mediums including direct mailings, traditional media, social media, web and on-line communications. ... more >
Sep 26 - Director of Development
Seeking a Development Director with an opportunity for career growth into a Chief Development Officer (CDO) or Executive Director (ED) role. Our client is an established, growing, social enterprise based nonprofit located in North County San Diego, CA. This exceptional organization needs a results focused fundraiser to come alongside the ED and team to continue to expand the annual goal from $3 million to $6 million by 2017. ... more >
Oct 22 - AFP Q&A - AFP's Live Online Chat!
AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A! ... more >
Oct 21 - Top Ten (Week of October 20, 2014): Influencing Donors’ Gut Reactions to Solicitations
(Oct. 20, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including a new guide to choosing online giving platforms; sizing up your annual report; new ways to create highly committed donors; a new service providing free graphic design to nonprofits and more!Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to become more attuned to your donors; how to know just enough about website coding to talk with a designer or programmer; gender-based solicitations; one fundraiser’s work in a year to build a more diverse fundraising program and more! ... more >
Oct 21 - Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test
(Oct. 22, 2014) Erik Daubert, chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative (GiGi)and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Advisory Board, talks about the latest free resource from the FEP, the Fundraising Fitness Test, and what it can mean for your organization. ... more >
Oct 21 - AFP’s International Fundraising Conference —Raising Your Fundraising Level
AFP’s 52nd International Fundraising Conference is coming up, March 29 – 31, 2015 in Charm City: Baltimore, Md. Here’s a quick overview of some of the main Conference events, and early bird registration ends Oct. 31 ... more >
Oct 18 - National Philanthropy Day®—Tell Us YOUR Philanthropic Idol!
To help celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP is asking people to submit short videos about their philanthropic idol (and how their idol inspires them to get involved), with the top five most popular videos earning the submitters $500 each for their favorite charity! Learn more. ... more >