Charity is Not Enough: In Search of Radical Change Agents - Tycely Williams

Despite its goal of working to improve the quality of life for all people, the non-profit sector is plagued internally by inequity and inequality. Well-meaning leaders and small, incremental steps have done little to correct these issues. What’s necessary is radical change, led by radical change agents with the will and courage to take the necessary action. Tycely Williams, the chair of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative (WII), will talk about why equality and equity matter to everyone in the sector, and the radical (but not necessarily difficult) change that everyone in the sector can help to bring about.


How Disruption is Shaping the Future of AFP: Comments from our Chapter President - Caroline Riseboro

The disruption of this age has not only changed entire industries, but in many cases has completely transformed them, creating what we might call “a new normal”. This disruption is also fundamentally changing philanthropy and the fundraising profession. We are and will continue to undergo a huge shift. So how is the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter responding? Hear from Caroline Riseboro, President of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, as she shares her thoughts about the Chapter’s new Strategic Plan and how together, we can leverage today's disruption to create a brighter future for philanthropy and continue to build the resilience of the fundraising profession.


Moderated by media personality, consultant and speaker, Connie Smith.

Caroline Riseboro

President & CEO

Plan International Canada

Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians on some of the world’s toughest issues. In 2017, Caroline was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the trailblazer category.  Caroline has held several senior executive positions over the years, more recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Engagement at World Vision Canada where she was responsible for raising $270 million annually. In addition to serving as President of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline is serves on the Boards of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH).

Connie Smith

Media Personality, Consultant, Speaker

One of Southern Ontario's most recognized media personalities, Connie Smith is acknowledged as a trail-blazer in the industry, respected for her ability to connect with people on and off camera.

She was the first woman to join the weekday news anchor desk at CHCH-TV Hamilton where she became a household name and face for more than two decades and hosted and co-produced “Always Good News” on CTS (Yes) TV, Canada’s first and only good news show.  This followed her start in broadcasting at CFRB Radio Toronto and CKVR-TV Barrie.

Her interviews over the years include celebrities, prime ministers, premiers, and philanthropists such as Ron Joyce, co-founder of Tim Hortons, funnyman Jim Carrey, Margaret Trudeau, Sarah Palin and Olivia Newton-John.

For her community work co-hosting the McMaster Children’s Hospital Telethon and chairing the 2011 Hamilton United Way Campaign, Connie was awarded Rotary International’s Paul Harris Medal, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.  She is a member of the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction and the Order of Ontario.

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"A compelling message, powerfully delivered, inspires and motivates change.”

Tycely Williams, CFRE

Vice President, Development


Tycely Williams, a self-proclaimed matchmaker, has inspired individuals and institutions to invest more than $84 million dollars in charitable causes.  Currently, she serves as vice president of development for YWCA USA and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.   

cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Williams holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in Journalism. Tycely possesses an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University. 

In her spare time, she leads the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International. WII is charged with assessing, addressing and highlighting the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face. In addition, she currently serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Ethics Committee and is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Washington Metro Chapter, the largest chapter of charitable fundraisers in the United States.  Tycely is also president of the Junior League of Washington, the first woman of color to hold the position in 105 years. A joyful divorcée, she enjoys traveling, crashing charitable fundraising galas, taste-testing fried green tomatoes and conversing with values-driven leaders in preparation for her first book.