Ethics panel Co-hosted by AFP’s Ethics Resources Committee and the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Governance

Posted by & filed under Announcement.

  On February 25, the Ethics Resources Committee of AFP’s Greater Toronto Chapter hosted a first-ever ethics panel breakfast at The Albany Club with our partners from the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Governance. Development professionals and private sector executives gathered together to participate with leaders in corporate giving and volunteering to discuss ethics… Read more »

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Charity Goes Viral

Posted by & filed under Advocacy, Crowdfunding, Digital, Ethics, Leadership/Management, Marketing/Communications, Next Generation Philanthropy, Opinion, Social Media.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Often, it starts with a tragedy, illness, or fueling an ambition. Then it goes viral, raising thousands of dollars for someone in need or for a particular cause. This is the new world of direct giving. But as we see more personal crowdfunding, questions are raised about why we give, how… Read more »

Soliciting and Stewarding Foundations Grants:
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by & filed under Grant Management, Marketing/Communications, Stewardship/Donor Relations.

Cynthia Foo, Grants Manager, Environmental Defence As a contract and full-time fundraiser who has specialized in both giving and soliciting grants, I’ve come across a few misconceptions on what encourages foundations to give. Here are some common mistakes and what you can do to correct them: 1. I shouldn’t contact the foundation to pitch our work because…

Is Ambition a Four-Letter Word?

Posted by & filed under Career Development, Inspiration, Next Generation Philanthropy, Opinion.

Laura Champion, Donor Relations Coordinator – Direct Response Crohn’s and Colitis Canada At almost 30 I still want to change the world. I want to make a difference in people’s lives and I still truly believe that I will do that in my chosen career as a fundraising professional. Some would call me naïve and others… Read more »

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Receives $400,000 Boost to Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Posted by & filed under Announcement.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received a multiyear grant, valued at $403,674, from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to create a fellowship program that will support and train fundraisers from diverse backgrounds. This is the second grant that the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received from… Read more »

Tara George on “must have”attributes of effective fundraisers and how to ace your next job interview

Posted by & filed under Career Development, Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Marketing/Communications, Next Generation Philanthropy.

Tara George, CFRE, Senior Vice President – Lead, Search Practice at KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.), talks career advice with Cynthia Foo, Grants Manager at Environmental Defence. CF: If you had to pick three “must have” attributes for the fundraiser today, what would you say these would be? TG: Goal orientation – Regardless of the fundraising… Read more »

Do you know how much money you are losing?

Posted by & filed under Campaign, Digital, Marketing/Communications, Mobile Giving, Next Generation Philanthropy.

Beate Sørum Digital Fundraising Consultant, b.bold People like me always tell you you are losing money by not optimising your web page for mobile, making better forms and clearer content and calls to action. But do you know just how much? I’ve seen some real world-examples lately, and even I was shocked at the sheer… Read more »

AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Honoured as Ten Star Chapter

Posted by & filed under Announcement.

. (Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter has been named a 2014 Ten Star Gold Chapter. Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Gold Award for… Read more »

Confessions from a (Less) Anxious Donor Relations Coordinator

Posted by & filed under Annual Giving, Campaign, Marketing/Communications, Next Generation Philanthropy, Stewardship/Donor Relations.

Laura Champion, Donor Relations Coordinator – Direct Response Crohn’s and Colitis Canada I am bad with confrontation. My face turns red, I stare at my feet and my first instinct is to run and hide in the corner. It’s a good thing I’m on the phone! But as fundraisers, we have all been there. The phone… Read more »