Posted by & filed under Career Development, Fundraising Day, Inspiration, Leadership/Management, Mentorship, Next Generation Philanthropy, Philanthropy Awards.

The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is now accepting nominations for the 2020 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. During this difficult time for the sector it is important for us to acknowledge the hard work of fundraisers who are committed to causes that bring the community together and who inspire individuals to give. We want to acknowledge and celebrate the work of fundraisers who are starting out on this journey to promote and advance philanthropy.

We are welcoming 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 have 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 is driven in building a career in the non-profit sector. Self-nominations are welcome.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 20 at 5pm EST.

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Thank you in advance for your commitment to the fundraising profession, your interest and involvement with AFP.

If you have any questions about the award nomination or selection process, please don’t hesistate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Penny Connors, BA, BComm, CRM, CAE
Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

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Thank you to our 2020 New Fundraising Professional Award sponsor:

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A note to our Members:

I wanted to provide an update to you on the status of our day-to-day operations given this morning’s announcement by the Premier declaring a state of emergency for the province as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Following our update from last week regarding the measures we are taking to ensure the safety and security of our staff, Board members, committee members, volunteers and community partners, we will be continuing to follow the recommendations of local and national health professionals during this time.

This means closing our offices for the time being to prevent the spread of the virus and to be able to effectively practice and promote social distancing. As of today (Tuesday, March 17) our office will be closed to any and all visitors and our team will be working remotely until further notice. We are lucky to have the capacity to continue to be able to support you, our members, virtually, and will ensure our continued services and daily operations run seamlessly.

With regards to our upcoming events, here is what we have planned:

  • Thursday, April 9 – The Sponsorship Masterclass with Chris Baylis – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, April 16 – Senior leader Senate event – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, April 23 – Speaker Discovery Series – postponed until further notice
  • Saturday, May 2-Sunday, May 3 – Fundamentals of Fundraising Weekend Intensive – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, May 14 – How to Become a CFRE – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, May 21 – CFRE Refresher course – postponed until further notice
  • Wednesday, June 3 – Fundraising Day: The Fundraising Frontier – a virtual option is being considered. Stay tuned for more information.

Further details and updates will be posted on our website as they become available.

We will be continuing to monitor the situation closely and ask that you please connect with us by e-mail should you have any questions or concerns. Each of our contact info can be found on our website.

Please note that new member sign-ups and renewals can be done online through AFP Global. All other membership questions and inquiries can be directed to Matthew Ford.

Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Take care.

Penny Connors, BA, BComm, CRM, CAE
Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

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COVID-19 Update

We recognize that we are in unusual times. The health, safety and well-being of our community is of the utmost importance to us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and as such, we are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation as new information becomes available from health professionals.

Here’s what we’re doing to ensure the safety and security of our members (and non-members) over the next few months:

  • We are monitoring the latest news and medical updates and following recommendations by local and national health professionals.
  • We are tracking updates from AFP Global and working with them on promoting association best practices and encouraging members to take advantage of professional development opportunities through AFP ICON Virtual.
  • We are also tracking other associations’ plans for upcoming conferences and events over the next few months.
  • We are working with our vendors and suppliers to ensure best practices are followed and to provide extra precautions including hand sanitizing stations, regular facility cleaning and other health protocols.
  • We are encouraging staff, our Chapter Board, committees and volunteers to conduct meetings virtually and to stay home if they are sick.

With regards to our upcoming events, here is what we have planned:

  • Thursday, April 9 – The Sponsorship Masterclass with Chris Baylis – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, April 16 – Senior leader Senate event – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, April 23 – Speaker Discovery Series – postponed until further notice
  • Saturday, May 2-Sunday, May 3 – Fundamentals of Fundraising Weekend Intensive – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, May 14 – How to Become a CFRE – postponed until further notice
  • Thursday, May 21 – CFRE Refresher course – postponed until further notice
  • Wednesday, June 3 – Fundraising Day: The Fundraising Frontier – a virtual option is being considered. Stay tuned for more information.

Further details and updates will be posted on our website as they become available.

For more information or questions, please contact us at info@afptoronto.org or 416-941-9212.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

On behalf of all us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, be well and take care.

Sincerely,

Penny Connors, BA, BComm, CRM, CAE
Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

Posted by & filed under Announcement, Board of Directors, Volunteers.

The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is looking for individuals to join the Chapter’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

The Chapter Board of Directors oversees the strategy, business, and brand of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter as it relates to our Strategic Plan, policies and membership needs. We are the largest Chapter in the world and the Board currently has fifteen members.

We’re looking for members who have a strong commitment to the fundraising profession through service to AFP, other professional associations and the community at large. These attributes, together with demonstrated leadership skills that reflect the communities we serve, will all be considered by the Chapter’s Committee on Directorship. Those candidates selected for an interview should be prepared to discuss their interests in and potential contributions to the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and the broader sector community.

If you are interested in learning more about this process and the criteria through which applicants are considered, please click here for details and to apply. Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your interest and involvement with AFP.

Sincerely,



Caroline Riseboro
President, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter
President & CEO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation

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I want to take a moment to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Penny Connors and I am excited to be taking the lead as your new Executive Director at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. I am honoured to have been selected from a group of seasoned professionals after a comprehensive recruitment process led by the team at KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) and am honoured to have had the opportunity to meet some of you, our members, at Congress this past November. I look forward to working with our Chapter Board of Directors, staff team, partners and sponsors, volunteers, and you, our members, to continue to build on the success of the Chapter and contribute to advancing new initiatives in the Chapter’s Strategic Plan.

I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work with my predecessor, Cynthia Quigley, these past few weeks in order to begin to familiarize myself with the Chapter’s programs and events and understand that I have some pretty big shoes to fill! Cynthia has been a phenomenal lead for the Chapter for the past 25 years and leaves an inspiring legacy – something that I hope to build upon. I am grateful for all of her hard work and for her transferring of knowledge, so that I can continue to work with you, our members, to take our Chapter to new heights.

I come from a background of extensive experience in the non-profit and regulatory sectors, leading teams to enhance certification standards and processes, working with not-for-profit Boards and Board committees in Finance, Governance and Human Resource oversight and leadership of member service initiatives. You can read more about my experience here.

As a racialized woman with certification and experience delivering workplace discrimination and harassment prevention training through the Employment Equity Office of the Government of Ontario, I look forward to supporting, improving and advancing AFP’s inclusivity, diversity, equality and access (IDEA) initiatives and celebrating new and diverse voices and perspectives within the sector. This includes working with our Board, staff, sponsors, partners and volunteers to build effective and transparent processes to ensure programs are reflective of and responsive to the communities we serve.

Personally, I have lived and worked in the Greater Toronto Area my whole life and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am a proud mother of three.

I hope to meet you at upcoming Chapter events and in the meantime, welcome you to reach out to me at pconnors@afptoronto.org or to connect with me on LinkedIn.

I look forward to working with you & wish you all the best for 2020!

Sincerely,
Penny Connors, BA, BComm, CRM, CAE
Executive Director
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter

Posted by & filed under Advocacy, Fundraising, Next Generation Philanthropy, Opinion.

What fundraisers are thinking and how they are planning for the year ahead

By Gail Picco orginally published on the AFP Canada blog.

As 2020 approaches, many fundraisers are assessing what has—and hasn’t—worked for them in the past, even as they cope with the external dynamics buffeting the sector today and consider the emerging critique of the structure of philanthropy itself. From sector-wide issues to program planning for their own organizations, fundraisers across the country are heading into 2020 with their eyes wide open to the challenges and plans to meet those challenges or, at least, understand them better.

“What does it mean to disrupt our sector,” asks Rickesh Lakhani, CFRE, executive director of a community-based organization working with children and youth in Toronto.  “Whatever is happening now—whether it’s inclusion, harassment or lack of innovation—needs a critical eye. I’ve been looking at Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas and thinking about how people can be incentivized to break down the structure of the power imbalance.”

Juniper Locilento, MPNL, CFRE, chief development director of a national organization of community food centres, agrees. “After spending time in 2019 with the work of Rob Reich and Anand Giridharadas, I’m more oriented than ever before towards social change philanthropy and I’m thinking critically about the balance of power in philanthropy and demonstrating that my organization will strengthen democracy rather than plutocracy,” she says. Read more »

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By Maryann Kerr originally published on Hilborn: Charity eNews 

 

No matter how you look at it, when you attend an outstanding conference like #AFPCongress2019, you wish you could clone yourself. You can only do so much. I was focused on sessions that were strategic and covered topics like leadership, coaching, culture and personal growth.

The agenda was jam packed with many incredible speakers and subjects and I will not do it justice here. Raise the Work, speaks to “the combination of passion, grit, and intelligence we need to raise the quality of our practice to meet the challenges of fundraising in the 21st century.” Congress offered almost 100 sessions across a wide array of topics that focused on both how to do better and how to be better.

The three plenary speakers, Janet Bannister, Kishana Palmer and Alvin Law carried a thread throughout the three days with stories that spoke to resilience, personal mission, determination, belief in self, and perhaps a touch of audacity. The sessions I attended had a common theme that spoke to our personal responsibility to own our part in establishing work/life balance, culture change, leadership development, and recognizing unconscious bias. However, to shift systems and affect change requires us to look not only at individual action but also organizational and sector change. It was the only small disappointment from an otherwise stellar conference.

The first session I attended was a panel that included Josh Bowman, Kimberley Blease, Amanda Rocheleau and Cathy Mann facilitated by Jaya Mootoo called: True Grit: Keeping the Wheels on in your Professional Life when your Personal Life is Falling Apart. Suffice it to say, we laughed, and we cried and I’d say there was even a little healing done. Josh, Kimberley, Cathy and Jaya shared their personal stories of adversity and struggle and with the help of social worker Amanda Rocheleau provided some coping mechanisms and strategies including leaning into the discomfort and allowing yourself time and space to heal.

Then on to a session called Culture Club 2.0 The Connection between Culture and our Ability to Thrive! Another panel, this one facilitated by Stephen George, included panelists Mide Akerewusi, Caroline Riseboro, Maeve Strathy and Kishshana Palmer and was a follow up to a panel held at IFC. Each panelist spoke to the importance of culture in facilitating great fundraising results. (More on this in a future article.) A few tidbits: Attention to culture is the number one issue to unlocking fundraising results. Culture is how we show up in the world. Cultures express our identity and creates a sense of belonging. That was in the first five minutes. Read more »