TORONTO, ON (April 9, 2014) The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter is pleased to announce that Craig Montford, Development Officer at Pathways to Education Canada, has been named the recipient of the 2014 New Fundraising Professional Award.
Craig Montford joined Pathways to Education Canada in 2013 and was quickly promoted to Development Officer, developing and implementing a comprehensive major gift program for securing support from foundations. Craig is also the primary resource for persuasive proposal development. Since joining the organization, Craig has raised more than $2 million, including a pacesetting $1 million gift – among the largest gifts ever received by Pathways.
“Craig has earned the trust and respect of our donors, volunteers and staff”, said Cathy Yanosik, Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Pathways. “He continues to prove himself a genuine, talented and caring colleague, friend and Pathways ambassador with boundless potential for an outstanding career in fundraising.”
Prior to his tenure at Pathways, Craig spent two years as Development Coordinator at The Walrus Foundation, where he secured an Ontario Arts Council grant to support the implementation of a new database. In 2012, he also launched a poetry prize and was successful in attracting prize funding from a new donor.
“Craig is really good at strategic thinking. He forced all of us to think about doing things in a different way” said Mary Cranston, former Director of Development, The Walrus Foundation.
In addition to his remarkable performance as a new fundraiser, Craig has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to creating positive social impact through his engagement as a volunteer for Pathways Regent Park, where he has become a valuable mentor to youth in that community. He was awarded the Volunteer Excellence Award from Pathways in 2013.
A talented up-and-coming fundraiser, Craig’s strategic leadership, drive and dedication set a high standard for others entering the fundraising profession.
Established in 2001, the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter New Fundraising Professional Award recognizes a full-time fundraising professional who has displayed exceptional talent and demonstrated outstanding achievement early in his/her career. The recipient has between two and five years of experience in fundraising and is selected through submissions from Chapter members. The award encompasses career achievements, long and short term career objectives, personal volunteer service and a commitment to the profession.
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognised leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1200 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the more than 233 AFP chapters throughout the world.
Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter