Posted by & filed under Announcement, Next Generation Philanthropy, Philanthropy Awards, Special Events, Volunteers.

We are fortunate to work with outstanding volunteer leaders, donors, organizations, corporations and professionals in advancing the important work of charities each day. Every year, at our Philanthropy Awards presentations, we honour and celebrate the incredible contributions of time, leadership and financial support made by organizations and individuals who inspire generosity and giving.

The 2019 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Awards Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Congress on Wednesday, November 27, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.

We are proactively encouraging applications from qualified candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusion and reflect the wonderful diversity of our city and region. The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Award categories are (click download to save entries in application forms):

Nominators: Must be AFP Greater Toronto Chapter members.

Nominees: Fundraising Professional category nominees must be AFP members. Nominees in other categories are not required to be AFP members. Self-nominations are welcome.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 2 at 5:00 PM EST.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Quigley at / 416-941-9212.

Thank you for making this a priority and we look forward to honouring and celebrating our best with you. Submit your nomination today!


Caroline Riseboro
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter President
Chair, Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee


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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter is proud to announce Kirstin Ling of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) as the recipient of the 2019 New Fundraising Professional Award.

Described by peers as a passionate and motivated young professional who is driven by the opportunity to serve her community, Kirstin has made an impact early on in her career.  As a Principal Gift Manager at TGWHF, Kirstin is the campaign lead for Emergency, Nephrology, Hematology, Otolaryngology, Nursing and Health Professions portfolios. She is currently overseeing the Emergency Department’s campaign to raise $25M at the Toronto General Hospital to transform emergency care by providing a space focused on patient experience to provide exceptional and compassionate care.

Inspired by a personal experience as the primary caretaker for her father, Kirstin made the decision to transition from working in youth-focused international development organizations to healthcare. Born and raised in Toronto, within the Sunnybrook catchment area, she raised more than $2M for Sunnybrook Foundation prior to joining TGWHF. This includes the creation of funds for Brain Sciences Research Students and Complex Malignant Haematology. Read more »

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Where were you in 1994?

Ann Rosenfield shares her thoughts on how the sector has changed over the past 25 years…


You’ve come a long way, baby. Maybe.

“Let’s face it. Women are not major donors.” said the head of fundraising in my first  job in 1994. Some things have sure improved since then while other areas are the same, or worse. In honour of this year’s Fundraising Day throwback theme, here’s what’s what in our profession then and now.


Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

What’s with us fundraisers and planned giving? In 1994, fundraisers were always trying to carve out some time for planned giving with limited success. The same issue still seems true today. As a sector, we still seem to think this is something to focus on tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. This short-sighted approach is part of a continuing problem with an over-emphasis on immediate revenue over long-term growth and stability.

Meanwhile direct mail has proved the doomsayers wrong! Back in 1994, you would have heard all kinds of workshops on how direct mail was going to disappear. While mail has changed with the times, paper letters in paper envelopes are still an important part of a fundraising strategy.



In 1994 all jobs were permanent, full-time positions with benefits and pensions. The rise of contract employment has meant that young professionals (and even senior leaders) find themselves in unstable employment today. This is bad for us as professionals and bad for the field. In a sector that is supposed to provide solutions to social problems, it is inexcusable that an increasing segment of our employees can’t enjoy stable, secure employment with benefits. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Ethics, Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Opinion.

Watch our Chapter President, Caroline Riseboro’s TEDxDon Mills talk on the importance of men being allies in the fight for gender equality.



The march for gender equality is being held back because there are not enough men invested in its success. Women, we must insist men are at the table. Men it’s time for you to lean in. And this is perhaps the most important – make the case for why gender equality is a win-win, not zero-sum game. Gender equality is good for everyone.

Caroline is the President and CEO of Plan International Canada and Canada’s Most Powerful Woman Top 100 Award Winner 2017 & 2018. She has been an active community member and a member of several non-profit boards. As the youngest person to ever lead a major Canadian charity, Caroline is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is recognized for her commitment to tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Click here to learn more about how AFP is working towards #genderequality and how you can get involved in the Women’s Impact Initiative (#WIILead).

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The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is now accepting nominations for the 2019 New Fundraising Professional Award. Established in 2001, this award recognizes fundraisers who are making an outstanding contribution to the profession early on in their careers.

We are inviting submissions to nominate chapter members with 2 to 5 years of full-time fundraising experience. Candidates must have demonstrated early fundraising success, articulated their short- and long-term career objectives, and demonstrated a commitment to volunteering and service to the profession.

Please take a moment to consider nominating an AFP Member whose work has provided a powerful inspiration to others, and who has made a commitment to building a career in the non-profit sector. Self-nominations are welcome. The individual will be honoured at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter’s Fundraising Day Luncheon on Thursday May 30, 2019.

The deadline for receiving the completed nomination form is Monday April 22nd.

If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Quigley, Director AFP Canadian Services & Greater Toronto Chapter at 416-941-9212 or

Thank you for your commitment to advancing ethical fundraising and for your continued support of AFP.

Krishan Mehta, PhD
Chair, New Fundraising Professional Award Selection Committee
Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter

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By Allan Peterkin


It’s hard to believe that today (April 1) is the first anniversary of Robert Pierre Tomas’ death. He was a dedicated activist and fundraiser and such a vibrant, loving and generous presence.

It seems a fitting tribute to launch a scholarship for post-secondary study/training in his honour. The award will be given to a gay or lesbian student who is a new Canadian (just as Robert was when he arrived here in 1986).

The scholarship will be offered by the Canadian Safe School Network – you can learn more and donate here.

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

By Harry Southworth


Content is your main tool for informing the audience about the cause. Whether it comes in the form of articles, infographics, or videos, it has to be distributed in one way or another.

Without proper content distribution, even the most brilliant content wouldn’t make a difference. But with well-planned distribution, you’ll greatly improve your marketing strategy.

Let’s see: what are the best strategies for distributing content in 2019?


  1. The Website Takes the Lead

Social media and email work well as content distribution channels. But you need a base for that content, and that base is the official website or blog of the nonprofit organization. Without it, your message would get lost in a plethora of email messages and social media updates.

This brings us to an important point: the website content has to be extraordinary. There are great services that offer homework help in Canada. If you need high-quality content, you can hire a writer there. They will follow your instructions to deliver powerful articles that can raise awareness.


  1. Micro-Influencer Marketing

When an influencer speaks about your organization or cause, they instantly spread awareness. They have the power to connect with a massive audience. People trust their word.

But since influencers are targeted by big brands, it becomes difficult for nonprofits to develop collaboration with them. You can try, but you shouldn’t expect too much. It’s their job to promote products and services, and big influencers usually charge big money for doing so.

Micro-influencers are a better target for small organizations. These social media users have smaller following when compared to big influencers. Still, they have huge potential to elevate engagement. In fact, they are 6.7 times more effective in engaging people when compared to influencers with massive following.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Career Development, Fundraising, Fundraising Day, Leadership/Management, Marketing/Communications, Next Generation Philanthropy, Registration, Speakers, Special Events, Stewardship/Donor Relations.


AFP Greater Toronto Chapter’s Fundraising Day was founded in 1994, and 25 years later it continues to be the best one-day educational conference for fundraisers.

And though our profession has evolved considerably, so many principles of fundraising remain the same. So, this year – let’s celebrate The Fabric of Fundraising.

Join us on Thursday, May 30th for a day of best practices, old ideas that have become new again, and the simplest approaches the drive the best donor experiences – and the best results.


  • Inspiration: Kick off the day with keynote speaker Zahra Al-Harazi, entrepreneur and transformative leadership expert

  • Leader Discussions: An educational track, exclusive to Senior Leaders, consisting of four facilitated discussions on the topics that matter most to leaders in our sector.

  • Practical Skill-building: We’ve approached the day’s schedule with a focus on as many practical educational opportunities as possible – 4 session tracks instead of 3!

  • Rising Stars: You’ll see familiar faces among the speaker lineup this year, but you’ll also hear fresh perspectives from rising stars in our industry!

Whether this is your first Fundraising Day, or you’ve been going for 25 years, this will be a high-value learning experience for you.

On behalf of your FD2019 management committee, we hope you will join us in celebrating! REGISTER HERE.

See you soon!

– Maeve Strathy
Chair, Fundraising Day 2019