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04 Jun


  Academy for Grassroots Organizations

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Strategic Conversations Series: “Oh No You Did Not”

Conversation: How to Build a Relationship with Funders & Donors
Join us for a fun and candid conversation with professional fundraisers, local funders and Donors to learn keys to building strong and mutually beneficial relationships. Each will also discuss their personal moments of “Oh No You Did Not”!

Launa K. Wilson
Executive Director
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.

Josh N. Zahid
Guilds Manager and Special Initiatives
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation

Josh Zahid is a familiar face, not only in the Inland Empire but also in the Coachella Valley. His tenure with Loma Linda University Health began in 1998 when he started as a volunteer and soon moved to a full-time position at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center. There, he dedicated his young professional career to serving adolescents and their families who struggled with mental health and substance abuse. Josh joined Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation in August of 2013 to support and manage four independent volunteer groups with more than 450 annual members. He leads more than forty-eight events over the course of nine months. Josh is currently supporting the institution with their $366 million campaign for Vision 2020, a $1.5 billion initiative.

Josh is recognized for his leadership, excellence and kindness as implementing best practices for signature events, retention rate with volunteers and patient diversionary activities. Josh was an instrumental factor with the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – Health, Jill and Barry Golden Pavilion that opened in March 2011 to provide a medical home for the children of the Coachella Valley. The clinic is now medical home to more than 3,200 children of the Coachella Valley.

Josh also served a two-year term as Vice President of Education & Programs for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Desert Communities Chapter and will start his upcoming role as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair in January 2020 and is an active member.

Josh’s love spending time with family and friends!

Stay tuned for additional speakers!

AcademyGO Member Spotlight:
Dana Hernandez, CEO & Founder
Rock’n Our Disabilities Foundation

Mission Statement: The Rock’n Our Disabilities Foundation provides social, recreational, educational, and mentoring programs for families and individuals with special needs.


Event Contact Information

Name: Paula Martinez
Email: martinezpaulap@gmail.com
Phone: 760-983-0561
Event Organizer: Academy for Grassroots Organizations
Event Address: West End Educational Service Center
8265 Aspen Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Region: West End San Bernardino/Pomona Valley

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