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

 

We are proud to collaborate with The Fundraising Talent podcast & Responsive Fundraising to bring you stories of fundraising in the time of COVID-19.

In this special 7-episode series, members share their unique experiences with The Fundraising Talent podcast and host, Jason Lewis, about working hard to pivot operations and to secure important funding for front-line workers, community programs, the arts, environment and more. Through these conversations, we hope to continue to strengthen our global fundraising community and to provide valuable insights for continued dialogue and future learning.

Many thanks to our members who spoke candidly on what it means to be a fundraiser during this critical time.

 

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Posted by & filed under Congress, Volunteers.

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we want to say thank you to all of those who continue to give back in their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers from across the city have come together during this critical time to care for those in need and have truly proven to be the backbone of society when the most is at stake. This week, we thank and salute you along with our healthcare heroes and those working in essential services during this time.

Our Chapter would not be where it is today without the support of our members who have contributed countless volunteer hours and ideas to help us in delivering quality professional development opportunities and education to fundraising professionals and those in the non-profit sector. This week we want to take the time to recognize just a few of you…

 

Read part 1part 2, part 3 & part 4 of our National Volunteer Week blog series.

 

Our On-site Event Volunteers

 

While our Chapter events would not be possible without the help of our many volunteer planning committees & our volunteer Board members, logistically speaking, we would not be able to put on our events without the hard work and support of our on-site volunteers.

These are the individuals you see greeting you at the entrances, helping to get you checked-in at registration, helping to get you set-up and sorted on our event app, helping to get you to and from each of your sessions (and to many of the off-site receptions and parties), and who do it all with a smile on their faces despite putting in long hours on their feet each day (and not to mention sweating it out with us Chapter staff helping to move heavy bins and boxes around before the doors open and before the sun’s even up). Read more »

Posted by & filed under Volunteers.

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we want to say thank you to all of those who continue to give back in their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers from across the city have come together during this critical time to care for those in need and have truly proven to be the backbone of society when the most is at stake. This week, we thank and salute you along with our healthcare heroes and those working in essential services during this time.

Our Chapter would not be where it is today without the support of our members who have contributed countless volunteer hours and ideas to help us in delivering quality professional development opportunities and education to fundraising professionals and those in the non-profit sector. This week we want to take the time to recognize just a few of you…

 

Shannon LaHay, CFRE – Speaker Discovery Series (SDS) Committee

 

Shannon LaHay is from London, Ontario. She is the Executive Director of the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation in Goderich, Ontario, where she has been empowered to use her vision to lead the strategic direction, fund development initiatives, and community outreach for the Foundation. Shannon also developed and managed a $3.5 million capital campaign which exceeded its goal by over $1 million in only nine months.

Shannon is currently pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Degree, and her pursuit of lifelong learning has led to her achieving her Bachelor of Arts, Certification in Management (CIM) and Certified Fund Raising Executive designation (CFRE). In addition to being a committee member and speaker coach for the AFP Greater Toronto Speaker Discovery Series, Shannon is a Director for the AFP London & Region Chapter and member of the AFP LR Communications Committee.

Shannon has two daughters, one with a passion for travel and one with a passion for horses, and she enjoys travelling, running and cycling. Shannon participates in events raising funds for various causes including childhood cancer research and cancer camps.

 

What made you become an AFP member?

AFP is really about having a community of like-minded people who truly value making a difference and supporting their fellow fundraisers/colleagues. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Fundraising Day, Volunteers.

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we want to say thank you to all of those who continue to give back in their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers from across the city have come together during this critical time to care for those in need and have truly proven to be the backbone of society when the most is at stake. This week, we thank and salute you along with our healthcare heroes and those working in essential services during this time.

Our Chapter would not be where it is today without the support of our members who have contributed countless volunteer hours and ideas to help us in delivering quality professional development opportunities and education to fundraising professionals and those in the non-profit sector. This week we want to take the time to recognize just a few of you…

 

Meet our Fundraising Day Committee (Cont’d…read part 1 & part 2)

We are excited to work with our Fundraising Day committee next year to see their ideas come to life & hope that you’ll save the date and join us for Fundraising Day on June 1, 2021.

 

Ochelle Baller – Education

 

Ochelle Baller grew up living on a mountain as a little girl in the Philippines, where every day she would walk for miles to fetch water and do her laundry by the river. Thirty-one years later, her humble beginnings led her to make a shift in her career from corporate real estate to non-profit. Her passion for making a difference in the community, coupled with her experience in administration, education, management and marketing, has equipped her in undertaking the creation of the Partner Development Lead position at Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID). As a mission-oriented individual, Ochelle enjoys working at GRID, whose mission is to enable poor communities in Northern Ghana meet their needs in a sustainable manner. After attending the 2019 Fundraising Day conference and gaining valuable insights, she is thrilled to give back and serve on the Fundraising Day Education Committee for the first time.

Do you have a favourite volunteer / Fundraising Day memory?

Being new to the sector, I never thought that I would be selected to be a part of the Fundraising Day Management Committee. I’m very grateful for the warm acceptance of the team and the AFP staff.

 

What words of advice would you give to someone who’s new to AFP and/or thinking about volunteering?

Be open-minded to many new ideas and people. Don’t let being new and inexperienced stop you from sharing your ideas and insights! Read more »

Posted by & filed under Fundraising Day, Volunteers.

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we want to say thank you to all of those who continue to give back in their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers from across the city have come together during this critical time to care for those in need and have truly proven to be the backbone of society when the most is at stake. This week, we thank and salute you along with our healthcare heroes and those working in essential services during this time.

Our Chapter would not be where it is today without the support of our members who have contributed countless volunteer hours and ideas to help us in delivering quality professional development opportunities and education to fundraising professionals and those in the non-profit sector. This week we want to take the time to recognize just a few of you…

 

Meet our Fundraising Day Committee (Cont’d…read part 1 here)

We are excited to work with our Fundraising Day committee next year to see their ideas come to life & hope that you’ll save the date and join us for Fundraising Day on June 1, 2021. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Fundraising Day, Volunteers.

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we want to say thank you to all of those who continue to give back in their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers from across the city have come together during this critical time to care for those in need and have truly proven to be the backbone of society when the most is at stake. This week, we thank and salute you along with our healthcare heroes and those working in essential services during this time.

Our Chapter would not be where it is today without the support of our members who have contributed countless volunteer hours and ideas to help us in delivering quality professional development opportunities and education to fundraising professionals and those in the non-profit sector. Together we have been able to successfully grow our membership and further develop our programming to be relevant to, and reflective of the communities we serve. We have been able to advance our mission, deliver on our Chapter Strategic Plan, and in doing so, at a macro-level, advance philanthropy.

Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed and this week we want to take the time to recognize just a few of you…

 

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Posted by & filed under Announcement, Fundraising Day.

 

A note to our AFP family:

Thank you for your interest in Fundraising Day 2020: The Fundraising Frontier. While we were excited to host another great conference and to welcome you on June 3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event in light of COVID-19.

The health, safety and well-being of our community is of the utmost importance to us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and as such, we feel it is not appropriate for us to move forward with the conference at this time. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation as new information becomes available to ensure we are following the recommended best practices from health professionals – this includes practicing social distancing to keep our community safe.

We have explored various opportunities to offer the conference as a virtual professional development opportunity, but determined it is best to postpone at this time. Our staff team and volunteer committee worked extremely hard to plan valuable face-to-face networking and learning opportunities, and we feel this decision is within the best interest of our members, conference delegates, vendors, sponsors and partners. We have decided to postpone the conference until next year – June 1, 2021. We know that many of you were looking forward to this event and so we hope that you’ll save the date. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Advocacy, Announcement, Fundraising, Government Relations.

We know that COVID-19 is affecting our sector and those we serve.

I want to take a moment to let you, our members, know that sector leaders across the country have been working together to send a common message to the government: COVID-19 is impacting our sector too! Our government needs to include charities and non-profits in its response to the crisis at hand. A letter has been sent to the Prime Minister requesting urgent support for our sector. AFP Canada, along with non-profits and charities from across our sector, have endorsed this letter.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to advocate! Please take a minute to ADD YOUR VOICE by sending a letter to your MP. Imagine Canada has created a form that only takes a minute to complete. Once you have sent your MP a letter, please share this message with your network. The time for us to act is now as the government is making important decisions that will have an impact on our sector.

On behalf of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Government Relations Committee, Board of Directors and AFP Canada, thank you for the work that you do and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Penny Connors, BA, BComm, CRM, CAE
Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

Posted by & filed under Career Development, Fundraising Day, Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Mentorship, Next Generation Philanthropy, Philanthropy Awards.

The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is now accepting nominations for the 2020 New Fundraising Professional Award. Established in 2001, this award recognizes fundraisers who are making an outstanding contribution to the profession early on in their careers. During this difficult time for the sector it is important for us to acknowledge the hard work of fundraisers who are committed to causes that bring the community together and who inspire individuals to give. We want to acknowledge and celebrate the work of fundraisers who are starting out on this journey to promote and advance philanthropy.

We are welcoming submissions to nominate Chapter members with 2 to 5 years of full-time fundraising experience. Candidates must have demonstrated early fundraising success, articulated their short- and long-term career objectives, and have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering and service to the profession.

Please take a moment to consider nominating an AFP member whose work has provided a powerful inspiration to others, and who is driven in building a career in the non-profit sector. Self-nominations are welcome.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 20 at 5pm EST.

LEARN MORE & APPLY

Thank you in advance for your commitment to the fundraising profession, your interest and involvement with AFP.

If you have any questions about the award nomination or selection process, please don’t hesistate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Penny Connors, BA, BComm, CRM, CAE
Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

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Thank you to our 2020 New Fundraising Professional Award sponsor: