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.
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.
By Penelope Burk originally posted on Burk’s Blog.
Ah…my annual indulgence that I eagerly share with you. Please enjoy this selection of comments from donors who have already taken part in the 2018 Burk Donor Survey. Included are a number of comments about giving during natural disasters, which is one of our survey’s special themes this year.
As always, my special thanks to dozens of not-for-profits who are reaching out to their donors in April and May to invite them to participate in The Burk Donor Survey. These wonderful organizations are united by their belief that evidence from donors should inform decisions about fundraising. And, of course, my deepest gratitude goes to those thousands of donors who, for a little while, have put their busy lives on hold in order to talk about what philanthropy means to them and how their giving is changing in a world full of challenges and opportunities. Read more »
The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is now accepting nominations for the 2018 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 Tuesday June 12, 2018.
The deadline for receiving the completed nomination form is Friday, May 4 at 5:00pm.
If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Quigley, Director AFP Canadian Services & Greater Toronto Chapter at 416-941-9212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
It is with heavy heart that we must inform you that one of our members, Robert Pierre Tomas, has passed away.
Robert Pierre Tomas born June 8, 1965 in Chestahova,Poland, died tragically by drowning in Turks and Caicos April 1st, 2018. Robert was one of a kind: handsome, brilliant, funny, multilingual, generous and creative. His love of life, frankness and curiosity made him a force to be reckoned with. He loved the arts but read about astro-physics and mathematics for fun. He received a Canada Council grant for a novel he wrote retelling The Tempest during the Bosnian War. Robert had an encyclopaedic knowledge of classical music, served as a Juno judge and reviewed CD’s performances for Whole Note and other publications. Read more »
Welcome to the NEW Advancing Philanthropy! It’s time for change! These words apply to articles such as the cover story “Rebels, Renegades, and Pioneers” by Simone Joyaux and Ligia Peña, creators of the path-breaking conference track, and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Daryl Upsall’s heartfelt report on fundraising heroes who have shaken up the system to enact progress. It’s time for change! also refers to Advancing Philanthropy’s new look, from font to paper to binding to photography to graphic design. We would appreciate it if you would take time to review these changes and share any feedback on content or format you might have for future issues. Thank you!
To read the new digital issue of Advancing Philanthropy, simply click here!
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Susan Drake Swift
Editor, Advancing Philanthropy
Fundraising Day has long stood as the best one-day educational conference for our profession. It is a place where fundraisers at all levels can come together to learn, network and soak up equal parts of inspiration and aspiration. This year, Fundraising Day 2018 (FD2018) will be all of that and so much more, as we dive deeper into the issues and trends that will have you are the forefront of fundraising.
If you have attended AFP conferences before, you already know that you will be treated to top-notch presentations by fundraising leaders speaking on a variety of topics that are not only vital to our sector, but to your professional development as a whole. However, how many times have you attended a session where the presenter would have liked to elaborate on a particular point or have gone deeper on a subject … if only they had more time?
This year, we are introducing five DEEP DIVE learning sessions on the most urgent and compelling topics – Major Gifts, Corporate Partnerships, Leadership Development, Mass Marketing & Donor Digital Engagement, and Data Analytics – each will run for two hours. These sessions will be curated by diverse expert leaders who will bring creativity to the subject, as well as a commitment to designing a session that is fun, engaging and provides a deeper understanding of the topic.
In addition to the DEEP DIVE sessions and 12 other learning sessions, FD2018 will also feature:
Whether you are a returning or first-time registrant, FD2018 promises to be the splashiest one-day conference you will attend this year!
John R. Farrell
Chair, Fundraising Day 2018
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