AFP Inland Empire Chapter & AcademyGO Join Forces
Strategic Conversations Series: Fundraising and Donor Stewardship
Conversation: How to Build Relationships with Funders and Donors.
Nonprofits are always told to build relationships with funders and donors yet usually that is not followed by any How to do that. We have put together a conversation about this from multiple viewpoints. You will hear from two experienced fundraisers and a local Philanthropist. They will each share from their perspective the key to success, especially in these challenging times.
Launa K. Wilson
Riverside Community College District Foundation
Ms. Launa Wilson is a seasoned fundraising professional and nonprofit leader with sixteen years of documented success building thriving major gift programs and strengthening nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as the executive director for the Riverside Community College District Foundation, raising and managing private gifts for benefit of the District?s three colleges.
Prior to joining the RCCD Foundation, Ms. Wilson served as Senior Director of Development for the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; as Director of Development for UCR's Graduate School of Education; and Director of Development for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. She has also supported fundraising and capacity building efforts through her volunteer and consulting work in the nonprofit sector.
Ms. Wilson is a vocal advocate for best practices in nonprofit management and ethics in fundraising & donor relations. She has a penchant for establishing strong philanthropic relationships that span both time and institutions. Ms. Wilson lives in Riverside with her husband and four dogs. She is an active volunteer in her community, an urban farmer, and a distance runner.
Mrs. Jill Golden
2018 Philanthropist of the Year
AFP Desert Communities
Here in the Coachella Valley while the need is in some cases crippling, it is also well-hidden. “You have to look for it,” remarks Jill Golden talking about the surprising disparities present in our Coachella Valley. Jill and her husband Barry Golden saw a need and chose to provide the lead gift in support of the opening of Loma Linda Children’s Health - Indio located in the City’s downtown area. The clinic — housed in the Jill and Barry Golden Pavillion — is the largest pediatric clinic in the area at nearly 13,000 square feet.
Residents here since 2003, Jill and her husband Barry chose the Greater Palm Springs area to live noting, “there was no need for an expressway to get from place to place.” From small town Illinois to small town California, Jill and Barry quickly immersed themselves in the community supporting multiple organizations through their philanthropy and volunteerism.