Philanthropy Day Celebration Honors Adults and Youth Who Help Community

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Community members are invited to join the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter (AFP-SBV) National Philanthropy Day (NPD) 2020 Interactive Celebration, to be held virtually, 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

The event is presented by Santa Barbara Foundation and Ventura County Community Foundation, and hosted by Geoff Green, CEO, Santa Barbara City College Foundation.

“Attendees will hear from the honorees, who will address timely topics impacting our communities. And they can ask questions and offer their congratulations,” said Karen Kawaguchi, AFP-SBV Board member and NPD chair.

The honorees are:

Philanthropist of the Year: Kate McLean, Nonprofit Strategies
Volunteer of the Year: Karen Allen, Creative Arts Workshop
Youth in Philanthropy: Zoomers to Boomers
Professional Fundraiser of the Year: Claudia Armann, McCune Foundation
Champions for Social Justice: Krystle Farmer Seighart and Simone Akila Ruskamp, Healing Justice Santa Barbara
Special 2020 Award: Exceptional Adaptability: Kids & Families Together

Registration for the virtual event is now open. For information about the honorees and tickets at $20-AFP-SBV members; $25-nonmembers, visit

AFP-SBV thanks this year’s sponsors.

Presenting sponsors: Santa Barbara Foundation, Ventura County Community Foundation, Montecito Bank & Trust, Museum of Ventura County, V3 Printing, Donor Perfect, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, CALM, Casa Pacifica, Community Memorial Health System, Cottage Health, Crescendo Interactive, Interface Children & Family Services, McCune Foundation, Netzel Grigsby Associates, TOArts, Cal Lutheran University Center for Nonprofit Leadership, El Latino, Pacific Coast Business Times, and Studio Sigler.

For information on how to be a sponsor of the NPD 2020 Interactive Celebration, contact Catherine Kort, sponsorship chair, 805-206-8663 or

Founded in 1986, AFP-SBV promotes philanthropy and supports the practice of ethical and effective fundraising through education, networking, mentoring, advocacy and recognition. Led by an all-volunteer board of directors composed of area fundraising professionals, the chapter hosts a variety of educational trainings during the year.

For membership information, contact Kathy Wertheim, membership chair, 805-275-2100 or

This article was originally published by Noozhawk.

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