The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized 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 240 AFP chapters throughout the world.


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Another week closer to Congress 2021 and our second podcast episode dives into the future of fundraising in the digital world, donor analytics, segmenting data, Bitcoin gifts and much, much more. Listen now for early insights into what’s to come with host Kashaf Mansoor and our special guests and Congress speakers, Sam Laprade and Jason Shim. 


Sam Laprade, Marketing Director of Gryphon Fundraising and host of “The Sam Laprade Show” & “An Hour to Give” on CityNews 101.1 & News 95.7 will be presenting Fish In Your Own Pond: Strategies to Engage Donors. In this session she will delve into the value and power of diving head first into your own current database, combining key metrics and strong stewardship – a proven formula to build donor engagement. Sam breaks it down step-by-step, including over 10 different metrics you need to measure – today! 





Jason Shim, co-author of “Bitcoin and The Future of Fundraising” and Director of Digital Strategy and Transformation at Pathways to Education Canada will be co-presenting, Creating Amazing Digital Experiences for Your Staff and Supporters AND Bitcoin and the Future of Fundraising. Jason and Naresh Da Silva, Senior Marketing Manager at Pathways to Education Canada, will share current meaningful strategies to engage your donors and how to design intentional digital experiences. In Bitcoin and the Future of Fundraising, Jason and Anne Connelly, Faculty at Singularity University, will show us how to set up a cryptocurrency donation program at your organization. 


Listen on your podcast player now, or bookmark for later! This is the second in a series of 4 podcasts to prepare you for your best Congress yet!


And while you’re at it, REGISTER TODAY for #Congress2021 to hear from our incredible lineup of speakers, including Sam, Jason and many more!  


Special thanks our Congress 2021 Podcast SponsorKCK Global Limited.



Curious what Congress is all about, or itching to hear what’s new from speakers this year? Check out the first episode in our AFP Congress Preview Podcast!


Congress 2021 Volunteer, Sue Lockett, hosts a sneak peek of session content with inspiring conference speakers, Holly Wagg and Ligia Pena.





Holly Wagg, Partner and CEO at Good Works, shares how her panel session The Next Generation of Non-Profit Leaders will present the real career journeys of industry leaders. While the path is usually different than you plan, it is rewarding. In another panel session, Holly shares how participants will explore Exploitation v.s. Empowerment, and receive tips on how to tell respectful, authentic stories. 





Ligia Pena and Alexis Gaiptman will present Culture Shock: Understanding Death Rituals and Superstitions. Their session challenges attendees to consider more effective and thoughtful legacy marketing, by adapting to diverse cultural identities to promote inclusivity. Ligia’s chats about how her other session The Future of Legacy Giving will help attendees understand the differences between generations of legacy prospects. She plans to share strategies on how to engage the next generation of legacy donors to increase future legacy revenue for your organization.


Listen on your podcast player — to the first in a series of 4 podcasts — to prepare you for your best Congress yet!


And while you’re at it, REGISTER TODAY for #AFPCongress2021 to hear from our incredible lineup of speakers, including Holly and Ligia. 



Special thanks our Congress 2021 Podcast Sponsor, KCK Global Limited.



September 29



AFP Greater Toronto will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation tomorrow as a day of true reflection – reflecting on our privilege not to be part of the legacy of the residential school system.


Tomorrow also coincides with Orange Shirt Day in observance of the Indigenous children taken from their homes and forced to attend residential schools. We continue to be appalled by the many discoveries of mass graves near sites of several former residential schools, and though we can never truly fathom the pain, we recognize the trauma these discoveries have had, and wholeheartedly express our solidarity and support to the Indigenous community.


Reconciling with Indigenous communities is our shared responsibility as a sector. In keeping with our IDEA mandate, we will continue working towards promoting and supporting Indigenous initiatives and a culture of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access for all, as a high priority goal.


We plan to use this day to further educate ourselves while reflecting on the horrendous history and ongoing legacy of residential schools in our country. We are committed to working together towards creating a better space for Indigenous peoples. Developing an awareness, understanding Indigenous history and the multi-generational effects of the residential school system, and acknowledging our privilege are essential components of the reconciliation process.


We hope you, too, will make September 30 a day of reflection on how you and your organization can contribute to the reconciliation process and together commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our Indigenous peoples’ cultures, stories, and experiences, start here.










Amy Pawluk, CFRE

President, AFP Greater Toronto Board of Directors