Posted by & filed under Announcement, Bursaries.

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.


Posted by & filed under Analytics, Annual Giving, Donor Centric, Donor communications, Fundraising.

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 »

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Inspiration, Leadership/Management.

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


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



Posted by & filed under Announcement.

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 »

Posted by & filed under Advocacy, Announcement.

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Dear Readers:

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!

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.

For additional information or if you have comments, please contact me at

Susan Drake Swift
Editor, Advancing Philanthropy

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Fundraising Day.

Join us as we dive deeper into the fundraising topics that matter to you!

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:

  • Six informal – yet practical – 45 min learning opportunities to kick off your Fundraising Day that we are calling ‘The 6ix’
  • Sabrina Pourmand – an international keynote speaker from one of the world’s leading NGOs, charity: water
  • A new Masterclass learning opportunity specially curated for senior fundraisers
  •  A day-end session we are calling ‘The Round-Up’ featuring a panel of fundraisers offering their thoughts on the future of fundraising


Whether you are a returning or first-time registrant, FD2018 promises to be the splashiest one-day conference you will attend this year!


On behalf of your management team who have worked hard to re-imagine FD2018, we hope you will join us by registering today!



John R. Farrell
Chair, Fundraising Day 2018


Join the Conversation – #DiveDeeperFD18

Posted by & filed under Leadership/Management, Mentorship, Next Generation Philanthropy.

The woman I am today has a lot to do with the women I’ve met throughout my life. I come from a single-mother home. I have tons of outspoken, brave, hilarious aunties. I went to a university that had a student body of largely women. I work in a sector that is largely made up of women. I am an intersectional feminist. I love being surrounded by inspiring women and have been so lucky in my short career to be mentored by some of the most incredible women out there.

I’d like to take some time to recognize how they’ve shaped me.

When I began my first professional fundraising job, I had a boss who I immediately bonded with. A single mother. A feminist. An amazing and creative fundraiser. She encouraged my ideas and pushed me to dream. Her leadership transformed me into a confident fundraiser. It is because of her encouragement that I no longer believe there is a ceiling to what I can accomplish in my career. She became one of my best friends and continues to help shape and guide both who I am as a person and who I am striving to be professionally.

My professional association (Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter) has a great mentorship program (check if your work has one and, if so, take advantage of it). When I joined, I was matched with an incredible woman who has been in the sector for over 30 years. She is a phenomenal writer and direct mail genius. Her depth of knowledge is never-ending and she is a shining example of a woman who has paved her own way, runs a successful business, and just generally kills it. When I was getting run down and stuck in a job I no longer loved, she helped me revise my resume and search for jobs – she actually found me the job I am currently in (and loving!). She taught me how to sell not just a cause, but myself. She taught me style and grace in dealing with difficult people and how to present myself for success in all things.

I am also constantly being led by women who have no idea that I am their protégé. I follow as many female leaders in my sector as I can on social media, attend as many workshops as possible, and take in as many drops of their wisdom as I can. The non-profit sector certainly has a long way to go when it comes to getting women into positions of power and adopting a more inclusive vision for our work. But at the same time, there is so much knowledge we can glean from those who have paved the way for us. I am inspired by the women in this sector who have fought for their dreams and for the betterment of the world.

Calling all young women:

Get a mentor. Get as many mentors as you can. Learn as much as you can. And then let’s get to work.

Calling all women who are established in their sector:

Be a mentor. Pull up the women who are behind you. Lend your wisdom and your experience. Remember that we are your legacy. And, above all: if you have privilege, use it! Help open doors for other women and do your part to bring those opportunities forward. The women around you may be facing more challenges than you, and it’s your responsibility to lift-up women of colour, trans women, and other marginalized groups. Remember – we’ve only truly reached equality if we all get there together.

Who has helped shape who you are at home and at work? Take some time today to email, call, or text them and let them know how impactful they’ve been for you.

The post was originally published on the Canadian Women’s Foundation blog.

About the Author

Deanna Codner is a creative and passionate fundraising professional. She is energized when bringing donors, new and old, alongside the non-profit sector’s mission to solve our society’s greatest systemic issues and prioritizes inclusion in her day-to-day work. In her spare time, you can find Deanna drinking Caesars at the cottage,or dancing around to musicals in her apartment.