Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Cost: FREE!
Location: Online (registrants will be sent details on how to connect closer to the date)

Breaking Bread & Barriers - A Discussion for Emerging Fundraising Professionals

Global pandemic aside, carving out a career as a young or emerging fundraising professional isn’t usually a straight line.

Yet, there are some trade secrets that have helped pave the way for many of us. And, looking forward, young and emerging fundraising professionals will lead our sector in creating new best practices because our world, and our fundraising world, is rapidly changing.

Let’s discuss the opportunities and barriers for young and new fundraising professionals today, and dig into how we can continue on our career trajectory during these “unprecedented times”.

Sasha Manes

Manager of Major Gifts and Stewardship

YWCA Toronto

Sasha began her fundraising career at United Way of Greater Toronto where she managed the city-wide student fundraising campaigns. Her Master of Education in Community Development from OISE, U of T, combined with a passion for connecting the good someone wants to do with the good that needs to be done, led her to fundraising roles at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, the Ontario NDP, and to help establish two mental health not-for-profit organizations from the ground up.

For the past eight years, Sasha has worked for YWCA Toronto, first as the Manager of Events and Sponsorships and now as the Manager of Major Gifts and Stewardship.

In 2017, Sasha received AFP Toronto’s Outstanding New Fundraising Professional Award, an honor given to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated outstanding achievement early in her career. 

Sasha currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors, the VP of Marketing and Communications, and Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee at AFP Toronto, along with roles on the committees for Directorship and the Outstanding New Fundraising Professional Awards.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rwanda Survivors Foundation, former Board Member for the Bishops University Foundation and Co-Chair of the External Equity Committee at her child’s school.

Dane Shumak

Manager, Major & Planned Giving

Providence Healthcare Foundation

Dane Shumak (he/him) is a Certified Fundraising Executive and a nonprofit leader working at the Providence Healthcare Foundation as the Manager of Major & Planned Giving. Dane’s diverse volunteer and professional background has truly given him a 360-degree view of the nonprofit and charitable sector. Each day, Dane is proud to get to work with incredible supporters, donors, ambassadors and volunteers to make a difference in community causes that make an immediate, impactful difference to stakeholders.

Dane is a graduate of the Trent University Business Administration Program and Seneca College Fundraising Management postgraduate certificate program. I am a proud Board Member for AFP Canada’s national board, and AFP Greater Toronto Area.