Posted by & filed under Announcement, Philanthropy Awards.

The AFP Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is very pleased to announce your 2019 award recipients.“On behalf of all us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, congratulations to the 2019 honourees. They are an extraordinary group of people who have made truly catalytic contributions to the field of philanthropy and most importantly the communities we serve”, said Caroline Riseboro, President of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and Chair of the Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee.

The 2019 honourees are:

As Ms. Riseboro said, “This year’s recipients, through their philanthropy, volunteerism and vision, have improved the quality of life for millions of Canadians. Not one part of our community has gone untouched by their passion and generosity. I am thrilled to celebrate them with them, their loved ones and our AFP community on November 27th.”

The 2019 recipients will be honoured at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 27th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, as part of Congress 2019, the Greater Toronto Chapter’s annual conference. Please visit the Philanthropy Awards website to order tickets, book a congratulatory advertisement, and learn more about the past recipients.

About the Awards

The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter has honoured leadership in philanthropy through its annual awards program since 1995. This year’s group of extraordinary recipients will join a long list of generous Canadians. These awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support of a special group of Canadians who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering.

For more information, please visit the 2019 Philanthropy Awards website.

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

By Harry Southworth

 

A career development plan is something that you decide to do for yourself to gain clarity on what you are doing, why you are doing it and where you want to end up. In essence, it is a written summary of all your professional ambitions and objectives and how you plan to achieve them. Taking the time to write a career development plan can assist in clarifying what your career goals are and in turn, sharpen your focus on achieving them.

 

Why write a career development plan?

When it comes to career development, you can often feel like the whole process is out of your control and that it all depends on opportunities that others offer you. That’s where you are wrong because you have a lot more control over your career path than you may think. Writing a plan is important for defining goals, implementing a goal-achieving strategy and executing that strategy successfully. By writing a career development plan, you are acknowledging all the things that you can do to achieve your goals and how you’ll set out on accomplishing them.

Taking the time to write a career development plan can also help to:

 

Prevent career ruts

When the paperwork starts to pile up and you forget why you chose your career path, having a career development plan reminds you of the bigger picture and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

 

Addresses weaknesses

You cannot expect yourself to be the best at everything, it’s in our DNA to have weaknesses but that doesn’t mean they cannot be addressed and corrected. Your career development plan will help to identify these weaknesses and set up a strategy to work on improving them in order to achieve your professional goals.

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Posted by & filed under Next Generation Philanthropy.

Dear Reader:

Too often, once we get to know something—once we master a skill or learn some new knowledge—we take it for granted. We tend to think about it in the same way, from the same point of view. And that can be deleterious—for our fundraising, for our causes and for own personal success.

The July 2019 Advancing Philanthropy challenges you to take a new look at issues you probably think you know well. Paul Pribbenow calls on you to not just practice ethics and fundraising, but to integrate them into your life. Susan Raymond provides a whole new perspective on the issue of poverty. Nneka Allen suggests we rethink our notions of giving and what it means to be a philanthropist. And as always, this issue has the fundraising nuts and bolts you need to keep up with the changing profession—including our first-ever Fundraising Toolkit—along with ideas and innovations that will cause you to take a different look at your work and your profession.

Check it out!

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Registration.

Please note that we are currently in the process of upgrading our database. If you’ve registered for AFP Greater Toronto Chapter events before in the past, you should have received the following e-mail notification about this on the afternoon of August 12, 2019. This e-mail is legitimate and was sent by us (AFP Greater Toronto Chapter). We are working with our database supplier (Bizzone) to work out system errors and we appreciate your patience at this time.

If you’re having trouble registering for an event, submitting a job posting or payment, or have any questions, please contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org. Thank you!

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Dear [Name],

We work hard to keep your information safe. We’ve recently upgraded our online event registration security settings. As part of this new upgrade, we are now asking everyone to please log-in to register for any upcoming AFP Greater Toronto Chapter events. This helps us to ensure the information you provide to us is secure and that we have your most up-to-date event registrant information on file.

If you’ve registered for ANY events with us before in the past, you’ll need to enter your e-mail address and then click on the ‘forgot password’ link to create a new account password. Once a new password has been created, you can use this with your e-mail to log-in to your account to register for upcoming events.

We encourage you to review our Chapter privacy policy here for details about how your information is collected and used. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org should you have any questions or issues accessing your account.

We thank you in advance for your patience with us as we begin to roll-out this new system.

Thinking about joining AFP as a member? Click here to learn more & join today.

 

Copyright © 2019 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, All rights reserved.

 

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Registration.

Please note that we are currently in the process of upgrading our database. If you’re an AFP Greater Toronto Chapter member, you should have received the following e-mail notification about this the afternoon of August 7, 2019. This e-mail is legitimate and was sent by us (AFP Greater Toronto Chapter). We are working with our database supplier (Bizzone) to work out system errors and we appreciate your patience at this time.

If you’re having trouble registering for an event, submitting a job posting or payment, or have any questions, please contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org. Thank you!

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E-mail:

Dear [Name],

We work hard to keep your information safe. We’ve recently upgraded our database and security settings and are asking that all members update their AFP Greater Toronto Chapter website password. This is a one-time process required to access the event registrations and members-only section of our Chapter website.

Your username is [username].

Please visit https://dna.afptoronto.org/access/login.html/access/new-password/key/ to update your password.

Please note that moving forward, you will be required to log-in using your username and password to register for upcoming AFP Greater Toronto Chapter events. This helps us to ensure your account with us is more secure and that we have your most up-to-date registrant information on file.

We encourage you to review our Chapter’s privacy policy here for details about how your information is collected and used. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at afpadmin@afptoronto.org should you have any questions or issues accessing your account.

We thank you in advance for your patience with us as we begin to roll-out this new system.

– AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

 

Copyright © 2019 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, All rights reserved.

 

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Congress, Fundraising Day, Leadership/Management, Mentorship, Networking, Special Events, Volunteers.

Are you interested in volunteering with AFP?
Do you enjoy leading and working with a passionate team?
Do you love the excitement of planning a large event? 

If the answer is ‘yes’, then you should apply to volunteer on our Fundraising Day and Congress committees. There are a variety of opportunities available to apply to including Chair positions.

Taking on a Chair position is a great opportunity to put your leadership, organization and creative skills into practice. We are looking for committed volunteers who want a new challenge, who want to contribute in a meaningful way to their sector, and who want to work collaboratively with a great team!

Application details and instructions can be found by clicking on the following links listed below:

All applications will be reviewed by myself, the current Fundraising Day and Congress 2020 Chairs, as well as AFP staff. The selection committee will work to ensure a diverse range of people receive this call and are encouraged to apply in accordance with our statement of diversity and inclusion and ensures everyone has genuine, open and unhindered access to volunteer opportunities, free from any barriers, systemic or otherwise.

Please note that only those who meet the outlined criteria will be contacted for an interview. 

All applications are due by Tuesday, August 6 at 5pm EST. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter office at 416-941-9212.

Sincerely,

Michelle Vinokurov, CFRE 
VP Professional Development
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors

 

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Speakers, Special Events.

 

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Theme: Gratitude
Location: George Brown Residency & Conference Centre – 80 Cooperage St., Toronto (map)

 

AFP SDS logo

 

This edition of the Speaker Discovery Series invites fundraisers to share their stories on the theme of

Gratitude.

In today’s world, it is as important as ever that we stop and appreciate the positive things around us. And thankfully us fundraisers are in the business of gratitude… whether we’re deepening a donor relationship or building a culture of philanthropy, it is gratitude that’s at the core of everything we do.

What about your life in fundraising has made you feel true gratitude? Or have you ever lost that loving feeling? How did you find it once again? Gratitude is something we practice in the workplace each day but it is not always easy to find for or in ourselves. Tell us your experience with gratitude in the workplace and beyond.

This edition of the Speaker Discovery Series invites first-time speakers to bravely share stories about the gift of gratitude. So let’s get together as fundraisers and celebrate the power of ‘thank you’.

Not sure if you have a story to tell, but have a basic idea you’re thinking about sharing? Apply! Our SDS committee will work with you to help develop your story & presentation!

It can be hard to find your chance to shine. If every conference wants experience, how do you get experience speaking at conferences? That’s why AFP Toronto began the Speaker Discovery Series (SDS). We want to give first-time speakers an opportunity to receive coaching, mentorship, and constructive feedback.

No slideshows allowed. Just a story, a voice, and a little bravery.

The deadline to apply to speak is Friday, July 26.

 

Posted by & filed under Advocacy, Fundraising, Government Relations, Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Volunteers.

Thank you to our members who participated in our annual Day in the Ridings (DITR) initiative! Our members’ efforts were key in creating awareness of the role and value of professional fundraising to our federal government.

 

Over the past two years, 140 AFP members met with 164 MPs, Ministers, and government officials in 338 ridings across Canada to bring forward our “case” for AFP’s role in public policy development and asked elected officials to support three important policy priorities:

  1. A home in government for the charitable sector;
  2. an ongoing investment in data collection on the charitable sector; and
  3. consideration of tax exemption for gifts of private shares and real estate.

 

Thanks to this work, AFP’s message about the value of professional fundraising and the importance of an enabling environment for charities has spread across the country and across party lines. Read more »