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Welcome to the 2016 Cohort of Inclusion and Philanthropy Program Fellows

June 13, 2016

by Sahar Vermezyari

sahar v imageIn our first year, 31 fellows in the Inclusion and Philanthropy Program accessed the AFP network and educational resources. They participated in specialized access and equity training, and they discussed tools and methods to plan their own inclusion projects, including measuring the impact of those projects.

The fellows worked one-on-one with highly experienced mentors. They also came together to share their own expertise, support each other, build a collective knowledge base and lead the way to increased inclusion in philanthropy.

The first cohort of fellows graduated on June 9 during a lunch session ceremony at Fundraising Day Toronto. 

2015 fellows

We are now excited to announce that 35 new fellows were selected in April for the second cohort of the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program and have begun their inclusive leadership journey.

Over the course of eight months, each Fellow will receive the following:

  • Complimentary one-year membership from AFP
  • Full scholarships to six AFP professional development and education opportunities, including the Fundraising Day conference, three-day fundraising Congress, Fundamentals of Fundraising and three webinars
  • Full scholarship to customized diversity and inclusion sessions
  • One-on-one senior level mentorship
  • Opportunity to develop an inclusion project
  • Support from the Program Manager throughout the fellowship
  • A certificate of completion of the program

Congratulations and welcome to the 2016 Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellows!  You can view their profiles on our website and you can also follow their journey on our blog by signing up for our newsletter. The Fellows for the upcoming year are:

Ada Siu Ting Tsang

Amy Soden

Anil Kanji

Anita Abraham

Betty Xie

Brittany Town

Claudia Hughes

Derek Spooner

Fatima Sajan

Frances Quintero-Rawlings

Gerri Lutaaya

Habeeb Alli

Hava Goldberg

Helen Choi

Ifhtia Haque

Janneth Mayorga

Jannies Le

Jessica Farias

Joanne Fong

Jothi Shanmugam

Lissette Teran

Matina Singh

Melissa Leite

Nayeon Kim

Paul Bailey

Ranjan Khatri

Sandra Villarraga

Sarah Byrnes

Stuart Keeler

Tanya Rumble

Teresa Cheng

Thiviyaa Sehasothy

Wafaa Jawed

Wanjiro Ndungu

Zaina-Sophie Salibi

This program is an AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada’s leadership initiative, and we are confident that it will help to further develop the fundraising landscape by building a pipeline of leaders that reflects the diversity of our communities in Ontario.

To become a mentor to a program Fellow, or for further information, please contact me at

Sahar Vermezyari oversees the development and execution of all aspects of the Inclusion and Philanthropy program. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. She has worked for more than 10 years in the nonprofit sector in a variety of settings and positions

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