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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 Advocacy, Congress, Fundraising, Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Opinion, Special Events, Volunteers.

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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