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Scholarship Support Vital for Educated, Engaged and Ethical Fundraisers

October 10, 2018

By Tanya Rumble and Amanda Fritz

Did you know that by participating in one additional form of training, a fundraiser can increase revenue for their organization revenue by $37,000? That’s not even mentioning tje impact it will have on that fundraisers career trajectory.  But, how can members of our profession hone their skills and increase resources for their organization when faced with a shrinking or non-existent professional development budget? 

Addressing this challenge is why the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada raises funds for its National Scholarship Program: to remove financial barriers and broaden access to professional development for all fundraisers. 

"I am beholden to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada for their generous support of my professional development with a scholarship earlier this year. I enrolled in the CAGP Gift Planning Fundamentals to acquire the technical competency that I would have been unable to obtain by any other means. After all, you don’t dabble in gift planning! The scholarship I received was instrumental to me acquiring gift planning knowledge and was a catalyst for me in realizing a full-time role in gift planning. Had I not had this training, funded in large part by the scholarship I received, I would have not been a competitive candidate for the role I am taking on in the University fundraising sector—for which I could not be more thrilled, or appreciative!" – Tanya Rumble, CFRE

Those who've received the benefits of receiving financial assistance to meet your educational goals know the power and impact of this type of opportunity. Unfortunately, as we’ve just closed another call for scholarship applications, we know that we cannot meet the ever-increasing demand from our colleagues.  The statistics are staggering.  In 2017:

  • $72,500 in funding requests were received but only $18,800 granted – a meager 26%
  • The average scholarship request was $2,000 but only 25% of that could actually be offered
  • And of the overwhelming number of applications, only 39% received a scholarship grant.

This is why we need your help now!  As our profession grows, so does the need for vital scholarship support to ensure fundraisers are equipped with the skills they need to ensure our sector is educated, engaged, and employing ethical best practices.

You can make a difference and pay it forward to provide your fellow fundraisers with an opportunity for professional training and growth.  Our goal is to raise $20,000 by October 31st and double the value of scholarship awards for 2019.

Please make your gift to the “Pay it Forward” National Scholarship Program Campaign today! 

Leadership donors who make a commitment of $500 or more will be recognized by the Foundation as an esteemed “National Scholarship Champion.
“I am a proud scholarship recipient.  In 2014, I was able to go to AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Texas, something that wouldn’t have been possible given our department had no budget for this.  It was amazing – I got to be in the same room and learn from giants in our field like Gail Perry & Tom Ahern.  I was also able to show my board of directors that I was playing an active role in my professional development, and that I had a whole community of fundraising colleagues behind me and supporting me.  Now I am a new board member of the Foundation and chair of the National Scholarship Committee, so I can share the gift this program gives to fundraisers.” – Amanda Fritz, CFRE
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