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UPDATE: Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program

February 14, 2017

In 2014, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada received a generous three-year grant from the provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigrant and International Trade (MCIIT) to run the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program in Ontario.  To date, 62 Fellows from diverse backgrounds have accessed the AFP network and educational resources, participated in specialized diversity and inclusion training, developed their own inclusion projects and worked one-on-one with highly experienced mentors. They also came together to share their own expertise, support each other, build our collective knowledge base, and lead the way to increased inclusion in philanthropy.

We have heard from many fellows whose projects have made a great impact in their work.  Fellow Ada Tsang explains:   

“Through the fellowship, I created a training module on "embracing diversity and building effective teams" to help our diverse groups of volunteers at Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Nonprofits work more effectively together. This module will be launched in March 2017, and we hope that it will result in more effective teams and even higher quality outcomes for our clients.”

If you’d like to view, use and share the resources the program has developed on fundraising and diversity and inclusion, or are interested in reading up on a growing body of work on inclusive fundraising, you can access these free resources on our website at

Although the Ministry funding is coming to an end, diversity and inclusion continue to be a strategic priority of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada and for our sector.  As it is a key component of the Foundation’s Case for Support, Fulfilling the Promise of Philanthropy, there will be a concerted fundraising effort to sustain and grow the Fellowship program for AFP in Canada.  We need your help to expand this innovative program!

  • Be an ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion within your Chapter and your organization. Help us spread the word about the program and share and use our resources with your colleagues.
  • Be a donor. Contribute financially to expand the fellowship program.  Go to our website and click on donate: or contact
  • Join our fundraising committee. This body will be launched in the spring and led by the Foundation’s major gifts consultant Mridula Joyner, along with program co-chairs Emma Lewzey and Krishan Mehta. 

Join us and get involved! We all have an important role to play in strengthening Diversity and Inclusion in fundraising across Canada.  For more information, contact Sahar Vermezyari, diversity fellowship program manager, at  

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