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By Cynthia Quigley, Director – Canadian Services & AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

Originally published as part of a special tribute edition of DM magazine

 

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No, I am not writing my obituary. I am writing to say “thank you all” for believing in me and allowing me to serve and devote myself to you for almost 25 years. I am grateful to have played an important role in making the AFP Toronto Chapter the success it is today and being the number one Chapter in the world.

I have been reading the e-mails from many of the members who responded when the announcement went out. One person wrote: “Your legacy has been amazing: the largest chapter, birthing the foundation, AFP Canada, building AFP’s best conference and growing our profession. I hope you take some time to soak in your impact.” Read more »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Bursaries.

Each year, the AFP International Conference on Fundraising brings together nearly 3,000 fundraising professionals from around the globe. These professionals come to attend educational workshops, discuss emerging issues, explore the latest technology, and exchange ideas about ethical fundraising, not-for-profit management, and volunteerism. The International Conference focuses on a broad range of topics on philanthropy and offers educational programs for all levels of experience and all areas of fundraising.

The International Chamberlain Scholarship Program, sponsored by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, has been specifically created to help individuals serving not-for-profit organizations develop their knowledge and skill in fundraising.

The Scholarship, valued at $2,000.00 is intended to cover the registration fee to attend the Conference plus limited travel expenses. A cheque in the amount of $1,500.00 will be sent to the scholarship recipient from the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will pay the $500 balance directly to the International Conference for the recipient’s registration to attend the Conference. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Congress, Ethics, Government Relations, Marketing/Communications, Next Generation Philanthropy, Opinion.

By John Paul de Silva – originally published on Hopeful Inc.

Whatever your personal beliefs are regarding cannabis usage and cannabis legalisation in Canada, one thing is clear. Cannabis is big business and so much so that a panel was built around the subject matter at the 2019 Smith School of BusinessScale-Up Summit which was recently held in downtown Toronto. After attending the panel, I noticed that there are many similarities between the cannabis industry and the non-profit sector.

First, they’re both highly regulated by the government. Second, they’re both worth billions. Michael Garbuz of Materia Ventures, a panelist at the Summit, said cannabis is worth over $100 billion in market capitalization worldwide. That’s a lot of green (pun intended). Similarly, over $10 billion is donated annually by Canadians alone.

 

With this in mind, here are some key takeaways on what non-profit organizations can learn from the cannabis sector:

1. Data is important: Summit panelist Afshin Mousavian of Responsible Cannabis Use has collected over 35,000 data points about Canadian public perception of cannabis. Why? There’s power in knowledge, especially with that much data. With that information, everyone from public policy makers to cannabis producers can better serve the market. Similarly, your non-profit should consider better collecting, managing, and analyzing its data. In turn, you can make more effective decisions on who to target for fundraising and which social media channels are the best use of your time, for example.

 

2. Education is important: Mr. Garbuz said that education is required to dispel the myths and stereotypes around cannabis usage. Similarly, I’ve encountered non-profits who have had challenges in gaining community support because of the misconception of what they are doing for the community. For example, a youth organization that had after-school programs was seen as a “hang out spot for troublemakers.” This negatively affected donations to the organization. Educating the community on your mission through transparent messaging and open houses, for example, creates conversations and increases education to bolster support for your non-profit.

 

3. Branding is important: Michael said that most people can’t tell the difference in quality between  cannabis products, therefore the importance of brand building to help differentiate increases. The same can be true for some non-profits who are experiencing the effects of donor fatigue. For example, you might be a non-profit that is helping kids with cancer but have the challenge of getting through to those who are already donating to SickKids Foundation. They’re a great charity, but are you clearly communicating how you’re different? Ensure this is coming across through the development of your brand.

 

Are there any other key takeaways you’ve noticed from the cannabis sector which can help non-profits? Comment below and please share this post with your colleagues and friends. Thank you!

 

2019 Smith Scale-Up cannabis panel (right to left): Alison Gordon, Michael Garbuz, Afshin Mousavian; with moderator Brett Larson on far left

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Coming to #AFPCongress2019? Don’t forget to check out our sessions on cannabis and the non-profit sector:

  • Y-06: The Cannabis Conundrum – How Charities are Addressing the Cannabis Donor – Presented by Anne (Coyle) Melanson & Diana McLachlan
  • G-10: Lessons in Pot – What Have we Learned about Combining Charities and the Cannabis Industry a Year after Legalization? – Presented by Sam Laprade, CFRE

Learn more & register.

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John Paul de Silva

Written by John Paul de Silva

Hopeful Inc.’s Director of Marketing

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Philanthropy Awards.

The AFP Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is very pleased to announce your 2019 award recipients.“On behalf of all us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, congratulations to the 2019 honourees. They are an extraordinary group of people who have made truly catalytic contributions to the field of philanthropy and most importantly the communities we serve”, said Caroline Riseboro, President of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and Chair of the Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee.

The 2019 honourees are:

As Ms. Riseboro said, “This year’s recipients, through their philanthropy, volunteerism and vision, have improved the quality of life for millions of Canadians. Not one part of our community has gone untouched by their passion and generosity. I am thrilled to celebrate them with them, their loved ones and our AFP community on November 27th.”

The 2019 recipients will be honoured at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 27th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, as part of Congress 2019, the Greater Toronto Chapter’s annual conference. Please visit the Philanthropy Awards website to order tickets, book a congratulatory advertisement, and learn more about the past recipients.

About the Awards

The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter has honoured leadership in philanthropy through its annual awards program since 1995. This year’s group of extraordinary recipients will join a long list of generous Canadians. These awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support of a special group of Canadians who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering.

For more information, please visit the 2019 Philanthropy Awards website.

Posted by & filed under Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Opinion.

By Harry Southworth

 

A career development plan is something that you decide to do for yourself to gain clarity on what you are doing, why you are doing it and where you want to end up. In essence, it is a written summary of all your professional ambitions and objectives and how you plan to achieve them. Taking the time to write a career development plan can assist in clarifying what your career goals are and in turn, sharpen your focus on achieving them.

 

Why write a career development plan?

When it comes to career development, you can often feel like the whole process is out of your control and that it all depends on opportunities that others offer you. That’s where you are wrong because you have a lot more control over your career path than you may think. Writing a plan is important for defining goals, implementing a goal-achieving strategy and executing that strategy successfully. By writing a career development plan, you are acknowledging all the things that you can do to achieve your goals and how you’ll set out on accomplishing them.

Taking the time to write a career development plan can also help to:

 

Prevent career ruts

When the paperwork starts to pile up and you forget why you chose your career path, having a career development plan reminds you of the bigger picture and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

 

Addresses weaknesses

You cannot expect yourself to be the best at everything, it’s in our DNA to have weaknesses but that doesn’t mean they cannot be addressed and corrected. Your career development plan will help to identify these weaknesses and set up a strategy to work on improving them in order to achieve your professional goals.

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Posted by & filed under Next Generation Philanthropy.

Dear Reader:

Too often, once we get to know something—once we master a skill or learn some new knowledge—we take it for granted. We tend to think about it in the same way, from the same point of view. And that can be deleterious—for our fundraising, for our causes and for own personal success.

The July 2019 Advancing Philanthropy challenges you to take a new look at issues you probably think you know well. Paul Pribbenow calls on you to not just practice ethics and fundraising, but to integrate them into your life. Susan Raymond provides a whole new perspective on the issue of poverty. Nneka Allen suggests we rethink our notions of giving and what it means to be a philanthropist. And as always, this issue has the fundraising nuts and bolts you need to keep up with the changing profession—including our first-ever Fundraising Toolkit—along with ideas and innovations that will cause you to take a different look at your work and your profession.

Check it out!

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Registration.

Please note that we are currently in the process of upgrading our database. If you’ve registered for AFP Greater Toronto Chapter events before in the past, you should have received the following e-mail notification about this on the afternoon of August 12, 2019. This e-mail is legitimate and was sent by us (AFP Greater Toronto Chapter). We are working with our database supplier (Bizzone) to work out system errors and we appreciate your patience at this time.

If you’re having trouble registering for an event, submitting a job posting or payment, or have any questions, please contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org. Thank you!

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Dear [Name],

We work hard to keep your information safe. We’ve recently upgraded our online event registration security settings. As part of this new upgrade, we are now asking everyone to please log-in to register for any upcoming AFP Greater Toronto Chapter events. This helps us to ensure the information you provide to us is secure and that we have your most up-to-date event registrant information on file.

If you’ve registered for ANY events with us before in the past, you’ll need to enter your e-mail address and then click on the ‘forgot password’ link to create a new account password. Once a new password has been created, you can use this with your e-mail to log-in to your account to register for upcoming events.

We encourage you to review our Chapter privacy policy here for details about how your information is collected and used. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org should you have any questions or issues accessing your account.

We thank you in advance for your patience with us as we begin to roll-out this new system.

Thinking about joining AFP as a member? Click here to learn more & join today.

 

Copyright © 2019 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, All rights reserved.

 

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Please note that we are currently in the process of upgrading our database. If you’re an AFP Greater Toronto Chapter member, you should have received the following e-mail notification about this the afternoon of August 7, 2019. This e-mail is legitimate and was sent by us (AFP Greater Toronto Chapter). We are working with our database supplier (Bizzone) to work out system errors and we appreciate your patience at this time.

If you’re having trouble registering for an event, submitting a job posting or payment, or have any questions, please contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org. Thank you!

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E-mail:

Dear [Name],

We work hard to keep your information safe. We’ve recently upgraded our database and security settings and are asking that all members update their AFP Greater Toronto Chapter website password. This is a one-time process required to access the event registrations and members-only section of our Chapter website.

Your username is [username].

Please visit https://dna.afptoronto.org/access/login.html/access/new-password/key/ to update your password.

Please note that moving forward, you will be required to log-in using your username and password to register for upcoming AFP Greater Toronto Chapter events. This helps us to ensure your account with us is more secure and that we have your most up-to-date registrant information on file.

We encourage you to review our Chapter’s privacy policy here for details about how your information is collected and used. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org should you have any questions or issues accessing your account.

We thank you in advance for your patience with us as we begin to roll-out this new system.

– AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

 

Copyright © 2019 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, All rights reserved.

 

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Congress, Fundraising Day, Leadership/Management, Mentorship, Networking, Special Events, Volunteers.

Are you interested in volunteering with AFP?
Do you enjoy leading and working with a passionate team?
Do you love the excitement of planning a large event? 

If the answer is ‘yes’, then you should apply to volunteer on our Fundraising Day and Congress committees. There are a variety of opportunities available to apply to including Chair positions.

Taking on a Chair position is a great opportunity to put your leadership, organization and creative skills into practice. We are looking for committed volunteers who want a new challenge, who want to contribute in a meaningful way to their sector, and who want to work collaboratively with a great team!

Application details and instructions can be found by clicking on the following links listed below:

All applications will be reviewed by myself, the current Fundraising Day and Congress 2020 Chairs, as well as AFP staff. The selection committee will work to ensure a diverse range of people receive this call and are encouraged to apply in accordance with our statement of diversity and inclusion and ensures everyone has genuine, open and unhindered access to volunteer opportunities, free from any barriers, systemic or otherwise.

Please note that only those who meet the outlined criteria will be contacted for an interview. 

All applications are due by Tuesday, August 6 at 5pm EST. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter office at 416-941-9212.

Sincerely,

Michelle Vinokurov, CFRE 
VP Professional Development
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors

 

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Speakers, Special Events.

 

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Theme: Gratitude
Location: George Brown Residency & Conference Centre – 80 Cooperage St., Toronto (map)

 

AFP SDS logo

 

This edition of the Speaker Discovery Series invites fundraisers to share their stories on the theme of

Gratitude.

In today’s world, it is as important as ever that we stop and appreciate the positive things around us. And thankfully us fundraisers are in the business of gratitude… whether we’re deepening a donor relationship or building a culture of philanthropy, it is gratitude that’s at the core of everything we do.

What about your life in fundraising has made you feel true gratitude? Or have you ever lost that loving feeling? How did you find it once again? Gratitude is something we practice in the workplace each day but it is not always easy to find for or in ourselves. Tell us your experience with gratitude in the workplace and beyond.

This edition of the Speaker Discovery Series invites first-time speakers to bravely share stories about the gift of gratitude. So let’s get together as fundraisers and celebrate the power of ‘thank you’.

Not sure if you have a story to tell, but have a basic idea you’re thinking about sharing? Apply! Our SDS committee will work with you to help develop your story & presentation!

It can be hard to find your chance to shine. If every conference wants experience, how do you get experience speaking at conferences? That’s why AFP Toronto began the Speaker Discovery Series (SDS). We want to give first-time speakers an opportunity to receive coaching, mentorship, and constructive feedback.

No slideshows allowed. Just a story, a voice, and a little bravery.

The deadline to apply to speak is Friday, July 26.