Local Leaders to Represent AFP and Build a Stronger Sector for All
August 15, 2017
by Dan Brunette
Let’s be honest with ourselves, government relations is a two-word combo that is a leading cause of moans, blanks stares and averted gazes from most AFP members. At least, that was the experience before the Canadian Leadership Retreat of 2017.
On Friday July 28th, Ken Mayhew, CFRE moderated a session that included Jason Lee, AFP interim president and CEO, speaking on the importance of advocacy; Senator Terry Mercer, CFRE providing an update on his proposal for a Special Senate Committee on the charitable sector; and, Stewart Wong presenting the "Overview of the Canadian Fundraising Environment" (an AFP-centric reference document coming out of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter for the benefit of all members in the country).
Following these presentations, a quick update was given on the work of the AFP Canada Government Relations Committee, with special emphasis on our upcoming event, "Day in the Ridings." In coming weeks, the 338 Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) across our great country will be invited to meet with AFP representatives in their home ridings or in Ottawa. These meetings are not intended to be "deep dive" conversations but rather "waive the flag" introductory meetings that will raise awareness for AFP and position it as a resource for MPs and their staff when it comes to nonprofit sector expertise.
This initiative will engage elected officials and allow broad-based participation of leaders from both the chapters and the profession at large. This includes senior-level professionals and any members keen to get involved in a very focused and low-time commitment initiative. It was also noted that AFP members can be found in most ridings, and that this is a unique opportunity for them to get involved in something that may be hours from their home chapter, but minutes from their home itself.
Response to this initiative was overwhelmingly positive. A great number of AFP leaders at the retreat have already identified meetings they were willing to take on personally or committed that their chapter would answer the call, but more help is needed.
If you are interested in participating, please contact your local chapter.