Posted by & filed under Announcement, Bursaries, Career Development.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to once again offer the Diverse Communities Scholarship program for members of diverse communities to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference San Antonio, TX, March 31 – April 2, 2019.

AFP is pleased to offer $1,500 scholarships ($799 conference registration fee + some travel expenses) for each of the currently identified AFP diverse communities.

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the diversity scholarship campaign, for your generosity and for helping to ensure the success of this program.

The application process will open September 1 – October 31, 2018. This scholarship opportunity is open to members and non-members and we encourage you to share with colleagues in your personal and professional networks.


Learn more & apply:

2019 Diverse Communities Scholarship Application


The deadline for application submission is October 31, 2018. Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2018.


For questions or to request more information, please contact:

Heba A. Mahmoud, MBA
Director, Chapter Engagement
Association of Fundraising Professionals International
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300 | Arlington, VA 22203-4168 USA
Direct: +1 (703) 519-8486
Toll-Free (U.S./Canada): +1 (800) 666-3863 ext. 486
Toll-Free (Mexico): +1 (866) 837-1948 ext. 486
Email: | Website:

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

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, issued the following joint statement on the Government of Canada’scommitment to clarify the rules governing the political activities of charities:


“Our Government recognizes that charities play a key role in Canadian society, and provide valuable services to Canadians. We recognize the experience and value they bring to public debate, and to the formulation of public policy. As it was clearly stated in our mandate letters, our Government is committed to clarifying the rules that govern the participation of charities in political activities and we are taking the necessary steps to move forward on that commitment.

“With regard to the decision in Canada Without Poverty v the Attorney General of Canada, rendered on July 16, 2018, the Government of Canada has identified significant errors of law and has served notice that it will be appealing the decision to address the uncertainty created by it, and to seek clarification on important issues of constitutional and charity law. The resolution of these legal issues, while necessary, will not change the policy direction the Government intends to take with respect to the removal of quantitative limits on political activities.

“As a matter of good public policy, and to move forward with this commitment, our Government intends to amend the Income Tax Act to implement changes consistent with recommendation no. 3 of the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities. The intended amendments will allow charities to pursue their charitable purposes by engaging in non-partisan political activities and in the development of public policy. Charities will still be required to have exclusively charitable purposes, and restrictions against partisan political activities will remain.

“Our Government intends to present legislation to this effect in the Fall. The Canada Revenue Agency will develop supporting guidance in collaboration with the charitable sector. The legislation will be drafted to apply retroactively, including to the audits and objections that are currently suspended. This suspension will be lifted when the legislation is passed by Parliament, when we intend to fully respond to the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.” Read more »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Congress, Philanthropy Awards, Special Events.

by AFP Greater Toronto Chapter


We invite challenge you to DiSrUpT philanthropy with us this November! Secure your spot at Canada’s largest conference on fundraising with great deals on our early bird registration – available now until September 14!

Savings not enough to sway you? Here are 10 reasons why you should need to be at #AFPCongress2018:


1. NETWORKING NETWORKING NETWORKING. With over 1,000 delegates from across North America in attendance, Congress is the place to meet new people, forge friendships and new business partnerships, be seen and be heard!


2. ADVANCE YOUR CAREER. Earn up to 10.5 points towards your CFRE!


3. LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS. With over 90 sessions to choose from, Congress has something for everyone! Whether you’re new to the sector, hold a mid-level role or are a more senior leader, each day offers a variety of sessions hosted by industry experts that will get you thinking, with practical takeaways to bring back to the office.


4. ALL NEW SESSION TRACKS. Gain valuable knowledge and practical skills by attending our all-new Fireside Chats – where you’ll get candid conversations with industry veterans; Research sessions – where you’ll learn the latest in sector trends; and Tough Topics sessions – where you’ll hear and talk about the things that are making an impact on the industry.



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

By Mo Waja

Telling your story is harder for some nonprofit organizations than others, particularly when you, the nonprofit, are working with a vulnerable population.


Why? Because, depending upon the specific characteristics of the population in question, there are often strict ethical, and sometimes legal, guidelines we must adhere to that dictate how a story can (and should) be told – for instance, in the case of an organization working with children. In other cases, perhaps the population that your nonprofit serves cannot be shown in media at all – for instance, when taking into account the safety and security needs of survivors of domestic abuse.


Through the lens of an organization working with a vulnerable population, marketing can seem at best difficult and at worst an insurmountable challenge; for how can you market the good your organization does when you cannot show the positive impact you have on the population you serve? How can you market the good without showing the good? Read more »

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By Kayleigh Alexandra

Image source: pexels


Anyone involved in running a nonprofit organization will understand that one of the greatest challenges they face is raising money. Simply asking people to cut you another check won’t suffice – just like negotiating a business deal, there are many ways to engage your donors without resorting to endless pleas. It’s all about playing the long game.


Entrepreneurs form long-term partnerships with investors, and you can do the same when it comes to fundraising for your nonprofit. Here are six unusual fundraising ideas that are surefire ways of compelling more people to donate.

Related: 5 Tips to Plan Your Best Holiday Campaign



The advent of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made it possible for nonprofit organizations to put themselves out there and attract people with a vested interest in their work. You can set up a page that introduces who you are, what you’re doing, and include pictures and examples of your campaign’s achievements so far.

Fundraising has become increasingly digitized, which makes crowdfunding an effective way for charities to have their causes funded by thousands of potential donors online. All you need is a well put-together campaign page. It’s not always easy, and it can be hard to stand out. Here are some useful tips to help you meet your target.

Another great option is to use a t-shirt crowdfunding campaign, which lets you reward donors with custom t-shirts – the perfect way to attract new donors and to offer them something in return.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Leadership/Management, Volunteers.

Do you want to contribute to the AFP’s amazing educational programming?

Driving the planning and organization of this programming are a team of dedicated volunteers, supported by the AFP Staff. As we enter into the Fall of 2018, we are actively recruiting volunteers to join all areas of the AFP Professional Development Portfolio.

Creating a vital, comprehensive and engaging educational experience for fundraising professionals begins with committees that represent the many diverse backgrounds and viewpoints of the wide variety of fundraising professionals. Fundraisers from any area of fundraising practice or experience level are encouraged to apply. 

The roles we are recruiting for are listed here!

To apply, please complete the Professional Development (PD) Volunteer Expression of Interest Form and email to by 5:00pm on August 24th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask either myself or Cynthia Quigley at the Chapter office 416-941-9212 or at


Amy Pawluk, CFRE
VP Professional Development
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, Board of Directors

Posted by & filed under Advocacy, Announcement, Case Study.

Originally published on Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector, has reacted to yesterday’s Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling in the case Canada Without Poverty v. AG Canada.

In his ruling, Justice Morgan declared the sections of the Income Tax Act that restrict registered charities’ political activities to be unconstitutional. The ruling also expands the Income Tax Act’s definition of charitable activities to include political activities. The prohibition on charities engaging in partisan activity was not in question, and remains in place.

“We are very pleased by this ruling,” said Bruce MacDonald, Imagine Canada’s President and CEO“It is in line with recommendations made by charities from across Canada and by the advisory panel on political activities that the Minister of National Revenue appointed in 2016. It also reflects commitments made by the federal government in its 2015 election platform, and in the Prime Minister’s mandate letters to several cabinet members, including the Ministers of Finance and National Revenue.” Read more »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Congress, Fundraising, Next Generation Philanthropy.

by Teresa Cheng, CFRE and Congress 2018 Marketing Committee Chair

Join us in diSrupTing philanthropy Nov. 19-21!


Changes are brewing!

The theme for this year’s AFP Toronto Congress is DISRUPT Philanthropy. Whether you realize it or not, disruption has been happening in various industries for years.


When was the last time you called a cab? Arguably, most individuals now rely on Uber or Lyft to get around town. Uber has forced taxi companies to build apps and be more customer oriented. If you’re travelling for leisure, are you looking for a hotel or are you looking at an Airbnb? I recently went to a wedding in Niagara-on-the-Lake with six friends and it was more cost-effective to make a booking on Airbnb than to reserve 2-3 rooms at a hotel or inn. The Airbnb property we stayed at was well-maintained, it was clean and comfortable, checking in and out was easy, and it was only about a five minute drive to and from the wedding venue. When we surveyed the other options in the area, we felt that we were limited to staying at dinky motel at least a 15 minute drive away for the same price. Uber and Airbnb are just two examples of companies that are shaking up their industries and having a major impact on our day-to-day lives.


So, when our Management Team Committee started to think about this year’s Congress, we thought about how we could make a similar impact for our sector. After many brainstorming sessions, what resulted, was the decision to shake things up this year by highlighting the people and topics that are disrupting the traditional notions of philanthropy to inspire new ideas and create conversation. Read more »

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July 16, 2018 – Women’s College Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that Jennifer Bernard will be the next President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation, commencing August 1, 2018.

“Jennifer is a highly accomplished and engaging leader with a passion for what she does and a strong personal alignment with our mission,” says Christopher Knight, chair of Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s board of directors. “Our Foundation is coming off two record-breaking years and the momentum continues as Jennifer takes the helm.”

Jennifer has had a highly successful career as a fundraising executive for over 20 years with a track record of outstanding results. Most recently she was Vice President of Development for McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, a part of Hamilton Health Sciences, which also includes responsibility for the Women’s and Newborn programs.

During her tenure at McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation she played a key role in developing new partnerships while doubling the annual revenue and extending the philanthropic reach of the Foundation. As a passionate advocate for healthcare, Jennifer has played an instrumental role in shaping the strategic vision of that Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be joining Women’s College Hospital Foundation as its new president and CEO. I look forward to working with the team of this iconic institution to help create a world where there is healthcare equity for women and for all,” says Jennifer. Read more »