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Malinda DenBok
Online Community Coordinator, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Are you a traveller? This AFP destination may surprise you.

So I’m not suggesting a conference is exactly like a vacation, but after seeing TBEX (The Travel Bloggers Exchange) all over twitter last week it struck me how much conferences can actually be a lot like travelling. Although different from a vacation, they share some of the same benefits:

You leave inspired.

Being out of the office with a change of scenery often causes a change of thinking. My creativity tends to get ramped up because I’m inspired by what is around me. Read more »

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Tara Irwin
Fundraising Innovation Consultant, hjc

Conferences are exciting! You get to catch up with your peers, do some networking, and even learn a thing or two. At hjc, we’re always attending to conferences to stay on top of emerging trends, be reminded of the basics, and connect with our friends in the sector.

Up next is the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter’s Fundraising Day 2013.  It’s held on June 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This is the best one-day professional development opportunity that our sector has to offer.

5 Things We’re Excited About for Fundraising Day 2013

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Julia Silvestri Wong

Client Success Manager,  Artez Interactive Inc.

Fear – such a small word but it holds so much power.

Fundraisers are fearless, right? You have to be able to walk into the office of the CEO at TD Bank asking for a cool million to upgrade the gym so that the “street kids” can play basketball after school; or  – stand up in front of your Board of Directors and justify why you spent 21% of the budget on fundraising expenses this year. We muster up the confidence of all of those who went before us, put our heads down, and get our jobs done. It’s just the way fundraisers roll.

But what happens when the fear creeps in? When your idea for a great fundraising campaign is given the green light by the Big Boss and now you have to run with it; or you’ve been called up to the big leagues to share your quirky little presentation on social media and fundraising? Why do we become so paralyzed by fear when the stakes are so high personally?

Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. When we are emotionally invested in something the fear of putting ourselves out there and failing feels very dangerous and painful.

One of my favourite parts in my upcoming AFP Fundraising Day session, Excuse me, did you say social media budget?, is at the very end when we talk about being confident, bold, humble, and fun. When you put those four elements into your work and your life there is no room for fear.

Because let’s face it: fear is nothing compared to that feeling of putting yourself out there and succeeding.

Julia Silvestri Wong is a Client Success Manager at Artez Interactive Inc.  She will be presenting: “Excuse Me, Did You Say Social Media Budget?” at Fundraising Day 2013. You can connect with Julia on Twitter @PinksheepTo or LinkedIn Julia.Silvestri.


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Jody Dailey, CFRE, Associate Executive Director, Advancement Services, Ryerson University and Len Gamache, CFRE.

Data Security vs. Data Collection

“Big Data” seems to be all the buzz these days, but what does it mean for our development programs?

Many organizations are using reams of information that they have collected over the past number of years to make strategic decisions and predict outcomes. The growing viewpoint seems to be: “Keep everything because you don’t know when you might need it”.

But we were fortunate to hear a presentation recently from Kirk Bailey, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Washington. He detailed what keeps him up at night. Not least of which is the fact that 70 countries have active cyber-infiltration programs and his job is to monitor activity to ensure they don’t get access to any data systems at his university. His advice was loud and clear — store and use only the data you need and no more!

So what’s an organization to do with these two conflicting views of the world? Here is some practical advice… Read more »

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Amy Wilkinson

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AMY WILKINSON
Director, Community Giving
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation

One of my staff recently called me her mentor. First off, I think I am too young to be a mentor. Or at least I like to think I am too young. Secondly, I feel I have so much to learn about our shared profession of fundraising that I couldn’t possibly be someone’s role model.

But it got me thinking. What did the me of 10 or 15 years ago aspire to be? Have my aspirations changed over time? Am I there yet?

I didn’t start out to be in fundraising. It sort of found me. But even though I had a few false starts early in my career, I can’t say that my aspirations are any different than when I first entered the workforce to what they are now. Read more »

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JOCELYN FLANAGAN
President and CEO, e=mc2 events

As the need for fundraising occurs with greater frequency, so too does the need for unique fundraising strategies. We have gained an appreciation that – when it comes to fundraising, we need to be doing more than just asking people to reach into their pockets. Guests are attending event after event and they need to understand the difference from one to the next.

We’ve identified the three ‘e’s’ of fundraising to help generate the maximum revenues and impact. None of the “e”s are new concepts, but we have noticed that when we can find ways to combine them all at the same time, the impact is significant.

  1. Emote – When we can create an emotional connection to the organization, guests are substantially more likely to want to contribute.  It is important to understand the audience and draw on their emotions – by testimonials, impactful stories, visuals of successes of the organization, etc. It is important to think about what might resonate with each audience member and why. Read more »

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ROB DRYNAN
Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got ~ Mark Twain

This posting is about risk – specifically professional risk and organizational risk. A number of years ago, I decided to leave my position in advertising to take on the leadership role of Camp Oochigeas –  a small charity that I had recently volunteered for. At the time, I thought it was a career-limiting move. It turned out to be the best career decision I have made to date. I didn’t know a lot about the sector. In fact, I picked up a copy of Fundraising for Dummies to prepare for my interview. But taking the risk paid off with great rewards.

Many of the successes at Camp Ooch – and the reason I won the AFP New Fundraising Professional Award a while back, was because we decided to take a different approach from the tried and true fundraising methods of that time. A great example of this is the Sporting Life 10k run in support of Camp Ooch. Read more »

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by Lois Shaw, amplifi

Charities and nonprofits are facing a changing political and cultural landscape, funding competition, and greater expectations of accountability from funders. Social media, smart devices and mobile networks make available instant updates and real time awareness of their issues, causes and products. Their challenge: to stay on top of this shifting foundation while fulfilling their purpose as an organization and meeting the needs of their community.

How can they achieve success?

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter brought together a stellar panel of leaders to explore the unique features of the community and offer some solid tips and tools that would benefit any organization. Read more »

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ANN ROSENFIELD, MBA, CFRE

Recently MP Mr. Peter Braid (Kitchener-Waterloo) introduced Bill C-458 on October 31, 2012 and it passed First Reading.  One component of the bill is to amend the Income Tax Act to allow for charitable gifts made by an individual by the end of February to be deducted from their taxable income for the previous taxation year.

 

Less staff overtime in December? Another donation deadline – where’s the downside? Read more »

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SUSAN STOREY, CFRE

PRESIDENT, AFP GREATER TORONTO CHAPTER

As the new Chapter President for AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding organization. The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on our achievements and the impact we’ve made and to set goals for the year ahead.

Our sector delivers incredible value – as fundraisers, AFP members understand the essential role you have in providing proof of the value of donor support. But collectively, we must continue to focus on defining and illustrating impact – donors, volunteers, government and the general public are expecting it. This isn’t something that rests solely on the back of fundraising professionals, but we can and must do more to broker the dialogue.

As a professional Association, AFP has the same accountability – to define and measure our organization’s impact through the value we bring to you, our members. With that in mind, 2013 will be the year of our Member – we hope to engage you in new ways, expand our reach, and exceed your expectations. Most of all we will seek to define and communicate our impact even more effectively in the coming year.

The year 2012 was one of significant development and change within AFP. We introduced new membership categories to provide affordable opportunities to fundraisers at the early stages of their career and to ensure that cost was not a barrier for small nonprofits to access the resources of our Association. AFP continued to advance relations with government and was called upon frequently to provide perspective and expertise to media and partner organizations. We built out our educational offerings with new creative approaches such as the Fundraising Theatre at Congress and our second D3 conference for senior level leaders. And through the tireless efforts of outstanding volunteers, our Chapter is an international leader in its commitment to understanding fundraising, philanthropy and volunteerism across diverse populations.

AFP is an organization that is evolving. As Chapter President, I welcome your perspective, enthusiasm and advice. I hope to hear from often with your ideas, observations, challenges, solutions and successes.

On behalf of the Board and staff of AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, I wish you an outstanding 2013!