Three Ways to Supercharge Your Grant Proposal

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Writing a proposal is like trying out for the Olympics. Research and planning take months, maybe even years; hundreds of competitors vie for the same grant dollars, and rewards are heart-shatteringly few. And, last, but certainly not least, your proposal might be the greatest, most eloquent piece of compelling prose you’ve ever written – that… Read more »

The 3 “L”s of successful donor relationships.

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Are you stuck in your fundraising?  Overwhelmed? Dissatisfied?  Need a reset? Or maybe your organization is just starting to get serious about building a strong fundraising program and you’re wondering how to get going. When I see fundraisers struggling with any of these situations, I always ask them to stop everything they are doing, take… Read more »

Why millennials hate china

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That’s china, with a lower case “c” as in a set of fancy, old plates, not the country. Allow me to explain, this morning on my commute to work, I read yet another article about how Millennials are eschewing their parents’ Royal Doulton figurines and heirloom china in favour of minimalist lifestyles. Apparently this applies… Read more »

Congratulations to Samantha Banks, 2016 New Fundraising Professional Award recipient!

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter is proud to announce Samantha Banks, Director of Operations and Development at The House as the 2016 New Fundraising Professional Award recipient. Samantha is an enthusiastic and inspiring fundraiser with a deep commitment to the fundraising profession.  As she says, “There are so many incredible professionals who have dedicated their lives… Read more »

Who owns the donor information in your head?

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When two friends and former clients simultaneously moved from one employer (which I will call Alpha) to a new employer (which I will call Beta), they already knew a lot about the new employer’s donors and prospects, because of their experience at Alpha. And they had collaborated on many major donor solicitations. This presented an… Read more »

Toronto Remembers Tony Elischer

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Tony Elischer has died. It’s hard to believe that someone who lived life so fully, who bounded into a room, who was perpetually enthusiastic, upbeat and loved our profession – is gone. I first attended the International Workshop on Fundraising Management, now the International Fundraising Congress, in the early 1990s. There I was introduced to… Read more »

Diverse Communities in Canada

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The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Partnership Project—along with the AFP Ontario, Greater Toronto Chapter and AFP Ontario, Ottawa Chapter—coordinated a series of twelve workshops for fundraising professionals, donors and volunteers to develop a greater understanding of the giving traditions and charitable interests of these communities… Read more »