April 30th, 2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Fundraising from Home: A Virtual AFP Toronto Member Town Hall


We all have been busy trying to cope with the ever-evolving and unpredictable landscape that is COVID-19. Now more than ever, it's important for us to come together as fundraisers to share stories, tools and resources so that we can continue to grow stronger as a sector.

Join your fellow members as we present a Virtual Town Hall where you'll have the opportunity to network, ask questions and discover new ways to connect and engage with your community. 

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time: 1-2 PM
Location: Virtually from your home! Details to be sent upon RSVP & closer to the date.

Co-hosted by Penny Connors, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Executive Director & Chris Steeves, Senior Consultant with Global Philanthropic Canada, we'll discuss strategies for how to manage your changing work environment, offer tips for working remotely, talk about different technologies for connecting with your supporters and opportunities for moving forward.






About Chris Steeves





Chris has over twelve years of professional fundraising and development experience working with both small and large fundraising teams. He understands the new challenges facing the charitable sector and is passionate about helping forward-thinking teams embrace new forms of relationship-building using data-driven insights and technologies.

Chris has led successful fundraising efforts as the Director of Advancement for the Halifax Grammar School and Dalhousie University. Recently, he served for five years as Vice President Development for Fundmetric, a technology firm focused on turning one-time donors into lifetime supporters using artificial intelligence.

He is passionate about making it easier for the charitable sector to embrace and adopt data science technology. Chris is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is the Past President of the AFP Nova Scotia Chapter. He was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award.






About Global Philanthropic Canada





Global Philanthropic Canada is part of a worldwide network of strategic management professionals. Our Senior Consultants deliver professional and affordable executive-level fundraising counsel to organizations of all sizes. Our proven results-oriented advice helps non-profits raise more money for mission. Across Canada, our Senior Consultants have amassed over 450 years of strategic on-the-ground fundraising experience, raising more than $3.25 billion. Our Canadian offices are in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria. By working together to think, build, and lead, we will create more sustainable organizations. Learn more at






About Penny Connors, BA. BComm, CRM, CAE





Penny has 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. Penny came onboard as the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Executive Director  in January 2020. 

With degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from York University, the Certificate in Human Resource Management (CHRM) from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) of Ontario, the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation, the OISE Certificate in Adult Education and the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), Penny brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help deliver on the the Chapter's Strategic Plan.

Penny is passionate about 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 the Chapter 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.

When she's not at work, Penny enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and is a proud mother of three.






About the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter





The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1200 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the more than 240 AFP chapters throughout the world.