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Think back: 2017 was a story of natural disasters of epic proportion. Wildfires blazed across California and broad stretches of the West. Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey killed thousands and destroyed half a million homes, with much of the damage concentrated in economically strapped Puerto Rico. In Mexico a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the capital along with a half dozen Mexican states.

These and other articles in “A Million Faces” describe the fundraisers, donors, nonprofits, and valiant citizens of all ages who helped transform tragedy into redemption. Their work continues as lessons learned are transferred to new cohorts of fundraisers and nonprofits. This, too, is the story of 2017, of people caring, making a difference, and sharing what they have learned.

To read the new digital issue of Advancing Philanthropy, simply click here!

What does the digital magazine offer? Briefly, you can:

  • email articles;
  • search the entire magazine and archived issues (back to October 2007—just click on the “Archives” tab) by author or key word;
  • link directly to additional resources from each article;
  • save your digital copy as a PDF; and
  • connect instantly to advertisers and resource partners!

To manage whether you receive the print or digital Advancing Philanthropy, simply visit the “MyAFP ProfileMember Gateway” page ( on the AFP website.

Members outside the United States and Canada automatically have access to the digital edition of the magazine and may select to receive the print magazine if they wish. Collegiate, Global, Young Professional and Small Organizational members automatically receive the digital magazine only.

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Susan Drake Swift
Editor, Advancing Philanthropy


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Going Beyond the One-Story-Fits-All Approach

By Mo Waja


Storytelling to drive “giving” or donations can feel a little repetitive. A common example is the classic profile piece featuring someone whom the nonprofit has impacted. This is the written, video, or audio piece that introduces an individual, describes a barrier, and then states how the organization helped that person to overcome the barrier. It’s straightforward, it’s easy, and it’s a tempting format to gravitate towards. What this generates is a one-story-fits-all approach where the central character may change, but the general storyline remains the same.


The challenge with this approach is twofold. Firstly, on the donor side of the equation, this format speaks only to a specific, results focused donor and often fails to resonate with or impact emotionally focused or outcomes driven donors. Secondly, swapping out the face behind a repetitive storyline fails to embrace what is unique about each story or to illustrate the full breadth of your programs’ impact.


When you’re selling a product, displaying your value proposition by way of a consistent story that showcases the scale of your impact (the number of people that your product helps or has helped) in the most efficient way possible is certainly a strategy that works; however, when it comes to your nonprofit story you’re not simply selling a product. Similar as systems like monthly giving may seem, you’re not even selling a subscription service. What you’re selling is an outcome and the emotion that goes along with it. So, for people to really connect with your organization, empathize with your population, and commit to giving, they need (and want) to understand the full scope of your positive impact – not solely on the direct beneficiaries of your organization’s mission, what we can call your primary population, but on all the people that surround and are connected to them. Read more »

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By Yunis Kariuki


Now in its third edition, the Speaker Discovery Series (SDS) is becoming AFP Toronto’s premiere event showcasing the most promising upcoming speakers in the fundraising profession. Speakers come prepared to tell their personal stories in 8-minute speeches with no slide deck or props, and what transpires are powerful, emotional and dynamic presentations connected to the fundraising profession.


Each Speaker Discovery Series is centered around a theme chosen by the SDS Committee. Dilemma was chosen for this past Speaker Discovery Series, held in May at the Gladstone Hotel, on Queen and Dufferin. The speakers shared the difficult choices they faced in navigating the complexities of their careers and how they dealt with their choices. The presentation topics ranged from the fear of not speaking up, to dealing with racism in the workplace, professional struggles and successes with Asperger’s, making the decision to walk away from a successful career opportunity, and finally, the challenges non-profits face when marketing vulnerable populations. What made each of the presentations so captivating was the speakers’ ability and skill in storytelling. The speakers’ stories contained conflict and struggle that kept the audience curious about what will happen next. Read more »

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter is pleased to announce Nayeon Kim as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding New Fundraising Professional Award.

Nayeon is currently the Manager, Corporate Donor Relations at United Way Greater Toronto where she lends her expertise in corporate partnerships, individual giving and special events programs. Since joining the organization in 2013, she has effectively managed over 400 workplace campaigns across 17 different industries – engaging with 15,000+ donors and over 600 volunteers.

In the past year alone, Nayeon exceeded her campaign goals by raising $600K over target and $6.8M in total with some of United Way’s largest corporate partners. Nayeon works collaboratively with CSR professionals in large corporations to build meaningful and innovative partnerships, connecting the private sector with opportunities to create positive change in the community. Read more »

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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 2018 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Awards Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Congress on Wednesday, November 21, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.

Starting this year, 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 to download 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 Monday, July 16 at 5 pm.

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!


Krishan Mehta, Ph.D.
Chapter President
Chair, Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee


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At home and abroad, Canadian charities make a difference

Originally published in the Friday, June 1, 2018 edition of the Globe & Mail


CANADIANS ARE MORE CONFIDENT THAN EVER IN THE COUNTRY’S CHARITABLE SECTOR and demonstrated their support with a significant increase last year in the number of people making donations, according to the 2018 What Canadian Donors Want Survey. Conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada in partnership with Ipsos, the survey found that the number of people who gave to charity in 2017 jumped to 70 per cent, 4 points higher than 2015, with each donor giving an average of $772. Although this was lower than the average donation of $924 in 2015, it is in line with the typical amount AFP expects to see.


The survey also found that 78 per cent of Canadians say they are confident in the organizations that comprise the charitable sector, the highest level ever and five points above the 2015 number. Roger Ali, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, says the What Canadian Donors Want Survey is important because it both celebrates the power and impact of Canadian philanthropy and identifies better ways the charitable sector can inspire and engage donors in its missions.

“The goal of the AFP Foundation is to strengthen giving and volunteering across our country, and I’m grateful to every Canadian who participated in this survey – and to all Canadians who support charity and philanthropy,” he says.


Mary Bowyer, chair of the What Canadian Donors Want working group, says donor confidence is driven by charities moving away from simply asking for a donation, and embracing a closer, more engaged relationship where they work more closely with donors to support the organization’s mission.

“Charities want to show the impact of what they’re doing, so we’re being more intentional about communicating what we do, how we do it, and how donors make the difference,” she says. “Donors aren’t just supporters, they’re partners, and I think that approach has made a real difference. In each iteration of the survey, donors have told us that trust is built by charities that have dynamic strategic plans in place that drive their mission forward.”


The survey also indicated that donors are changing how they want to give and interact with charities, which means the sector needs to adapt.

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In honour of AFP’s 58th anniversary, AFP is proud to offer a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories by June 30, 2018. The discount applies to the $50 off the International portion of the dues. Fill out the membership invitation as usual, but deduct $50 from the total and be sure to include the following coupon with your payment. *Coupon must be included with payment in order to take advantage of this offer.

To join online, please visit the AFP International website and use promo code AFP2018. Please note that only one coupon can be used per new member. Offer expires June 30, 2018.

For more information, please contact the AFP International Membership Department at 1-800-666-3863.