The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1200 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the more than 240 AFP chapters throughout the world.


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This year’s AFP Congress is a rallying cry for fundraisers to take a step back, recharge, discover new ways of thinking, support each other, and collaborate in elevating the profession.

In this blog entry, the volunteers behind Congress share their perspective on what it means to ‘Raise The Work’ in 2019. Please share your own thoughts in the comments below!


Take Pride

“I think we need to get better at celebrating ourselves. Not everyone gets to fund social good with their day job. That meaningful impact is a benefit of our career choice and we shouldn’t be shy or equivocate about that fact. We should own it.”


– Scott Jeffries, Director of Media & Data Services, Stephen Thomas Ltd

AFP Congress 2019 Marketing Committee Chair


 Tell the World

“Some may view our sector as small or lacking innovation. But we know better. Fundraisers see the results of innovation everyday in the life-changing impact we have on the communities we serve. Fundraisers change the world in a big way – let’s make sure the world knows it.”


– Molly DeHaan, Manager of Annual Giving, Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

AFP Congress 2019 Marketing Committee


Going Beyond

“To me raising the work means understanding the challenges faced by your colleagues. Because when you get out of your ‘silo’ in this way, you can discover new ways of working together so that you’re not just serving your own goals but perhaps helping other departments more readily achieve their goals too.”


– Jennifer Meriano, Mid-Level Giving, Canadian Red Cross

AFP Congress 2019 Marketing Committee

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For the second year in a row, we’re reaching out to the wider AFP community inviting proposals to make up a diverse and engaging 2020 Fundraising Day education program.

Fundraising Day provides a unique one-day opportunity to network with the sectors most sought-after professionals and to learn from Canada’s top educators about the unique challenges and opportunities within the realm of fundraising and development.

In 2020, Fundraising Day will focus on the digital future of fundraisingWe’re looking forward to where digital is leading and disrupting our practice and what this means for the sector. How does digital fit into your current fundraising practices? How is it changing your approach? What trends within the realm of digital are making the biggest philanthropic impact? And most importantly, where are we headed next? We’ll be exploring these questions and more at Fundraising Day on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Share your knowledge, passion, ideas and expertise with your fellow fundraisers – submit a proposal by Friday, December 6, 2019

We are always looking for ways to improve upon our speaker selection process and as such, will be ensuring that all submissions are reviewed by a committee of peers based on a systemic evaluation rubric. In order to encourage complete and high-quality submissions, all submissions must include detailed session descriptions, speaker bios and headshots (this requires you to sign-in to Google to complete the form in order to upload your materials).


First time applying? Review our first-time speaker proposal guide here.

Please carefully review the application instructions – applications submitted in any other way or after the deadline will not be accepted. Please note that Fundraising Day does not offer any travel stipends for out-of-town speakers.




Event Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Event Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre – 255 Front St. W., Toronto (map)

Proposal Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019


For more information or questions about the conference, proposals or selection process, please contact myself or

I thank you in advance for applying and look forward to exploring fundraising through a digital lens with you all in 2020!


Aaron Sanderson, MA, FAHP, ACFRE

Chair, AFP Toronto Fundraising Day 2020
Vice President, Philanthropy
Plan International Canada



October 31, 2019 — On behalf of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Penny Connors as the new Executive Director for the Chapter.

After 25 years of incredible service to the Chapter, Cynthia Quigley will be retiring this January.  Recently, the Greater Toronto Chapter Board launched a comprehensive search, led by the team at KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.), to identify a seasoned association professional to provide leadership to the Chapter during this exciting next phase of growth.  Penny was selected from a long list of qualified candidates due to her extensive experience in the not-for-profit association and regulatory sectors, including leading subject matter expert teams to enhance certification standards and processes, working with not-for-profit Boards and Board committees in Finance, Governance and Human Resource oversight and leadership of member service initiatives. Read more »