The Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter (AFP-SBV) will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Tuesday, Nov 16 at the Ventura County Museum of Art, 100 E. Main St., with an awards ceremony honoring local philanthropic endeavors.

Presented by Santa Barbara Foundation and Montecito Bank & Trust, the in-person event includes a 4 p.m. reception, followed by an awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. Master of ceremonies will be Ernesto Paredes, executive director of Easy Lift Transportation. All guests are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

“Our 2021 honorees are representative of individuals and organizations all over the world making significant contributions to worthy causes, and we are grateful for their local efforts,” says Gerry Pantoja, president, AFP-SBV, and NPD committee member. The honorees are:

Philanthropist of the Year, Santa Barbara County: Elisabeth Fowler
Philanthropist of the Year, Ventura County: Ellen Brokaw
Volunteer of the Year, Santa Barbara County: Lucille Boss
Volunteer of the Year, Ventura County: Susan Burgos, Casa Pacifica

Champions for Social Justice: Connie Alexander, Founder, Gateway Educational Services, and
Audrey Gamble, founder, Gateway Educational Services
Youth in Philanthropy: Jordan and Jaden Lind, The Jordan Elf Project
Professional Fundraiser of the Year: Stacy Swanson, CFRE, Interface Children & Family Services
Exceptional Achievement Award: Foothills Forever Donors and Volunteers

Cost to attend is $20-AFP-SBV members; $25-nonmembers. to register online, visit Direct questions to Karen Y. Kawaguchi, AFP-SBV Board secretary and NPD chair, 805-884-6428 or

Sponsors include Santa Barbara Foundation; Montecito Bank & Trust; Foundation for Santa Barbara City College; Siempre Unidos; Museum of Ventura County; V3 Printing; Laguna Blanca School; Casa Pacifica; Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics; California Lutheran University Center for Nonprofit Leadership; Interface Children & Family Services; Santa Barbara Zoo.

Netzel Grigsby Associates; Ventura College Foundation; Cottage Health; Crescendo Interactive; McCune Foundation; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; TOArts; Santa Barbara Education Foundation; El Latino; Pacific Coast Business Times; Pierano’s; Queen Bee Fundraising; and Studio Sigler.

For chapter sponsorship information, contact Stephanie Wilson, CFRE, sponsorship chair, 805-435-2775 or

Founded in 1986, AFP-SBV promotes philanthropy and supports the practice of ethical and effective fundraising. Led by an all-volunteer board of directors composed of area fundraising professionals, the chapter hosts educational trainings during the year. For membership information, email Niki Chopra Richardson at