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New Horizons for Canada Accepted at the AFP Board of Directors Meeting

November 18, 2015

Denis Lalonde, MS, chair of the AFP Canada New Horizons Task Force, along with Krishan Mehta, a member of the same group, presented recommendations to the AFP Board of Directors at its meeting on October 24, 2015 in Kansas City, Mo.

The key recommendations included:

  • Create a formal governance structure in Canada.  The board was in strong favor of creating a formal governance structure, though a decision has not been made yet as to whether AFP creates a new body or evolves the current Canadian Council into this new structure.  Initial recommendations support the creation of a new body but with measures in place to ensure the continuity of the existing Canadian Council.
  • Ensure that the AFP Canada Strategic Plan is in alignment with the overall AFP Strategic Plan and is updated on a regular basis.  Discussion also focused on ensuring the plan be in alignment with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Strategic Plan.
  • Hire a senior staff person in Canada whose mandate will be to further the strategic development of the fundraising profession in Canada.  This person will report directly to the AFP President & CEO, as well as the new AFP governance body, and will be a part of the AFP staff executive team.
  • The current membership and chapter structure will remain the same.  All agreed that there should be no duplication of administration or services.
  • AFP Canada members will not lose current AFP membership benefits, and the new Canada executive staff person will be charged with developing and enhancing benefits, as well as content, that are specific to the fundraising environment in Canada.
  • Communications continues to be a priority, and is one of the key goals in the current AFP Canada Strategic Plan.  A distinct communications plan for Canada will be created.
  • An annual budget for Canada will be developed by the Canada senior staff person as part of the overall budgeting process for AFP.

The AFP Board of Directors unanimously accepted the recommendations and agreed to form a Transition Task Force to begin the implementation process in 2016.

“This is an important step for the evolution of AFP in Canada, and our board appreciated the inclusive process that was used in developing the recommendations” said Patrick Feeley, CFRE, chair of AFP.  “The next step is to put the Transition Task Force in place to implement these recommendations and to work with the Committee on Directorship to implement any bylaw changes that may be needed.”

If you have any questions about the process or the recommendations, please contact Lori Gusdorf, CAE, AFP Vice President of Membership and Chapter Services at

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