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New Horizons for AFP in Canada

October 7, 2014

AFP Canadian membership has grown to more than 3,600 members in 19 professional chapters across the country.   In order to serve the needs of members, chapters and the global fundraising community, AFP needs to maximize the strength of our leadership network and determine the best structure for the future of AFP in Canada.

At the 2014 Canadian Leadership Retreat it was recognized that the current maturity of AFP in this country requires additional resources and new, strategic investment to support fundraising and philanthropy in Canada. As a result, attendees discussed a broad spectrum of the benefits, advantages, costs and risks of developing an enhanced structure for fundraising professionals in Canada. The attendees agreed that it is timely to create a task force to explore and define an optimal structure for AFP and fundraising in Canada.

The Canada New Horizons Task Force has been formed to explore the current model of AFP in Canada and the structure of the AFP Canadian Council, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and the AFP Canadian Government Relations Committee. The task force will make recommendations for the optimal structure needed to enhance the future success of fundraising and impact on philanthropy by the fundraising profession in Canada.

The task force will be composed of members with relevant professional experience and a record of distinguished service to the profession.  The chair of the task force is Denis Lalonde, MS and other members include Bob Carter, CFRE, Leah Eustace, ACFRE, Patrick Feeley, CFRE, Derek Fraser, CFRE, Marnie Hill, CFRE, Andrea McManus, CFRE, Krishan Mehta, Nicholas Offord and Andrew Watt, FInstF.

The Task Force will make their final recommendations to the AFP Board of Directors in July 2015.

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