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Leading Charities and Fundraisers in Calgary to Discuss Philanthropy and Community Response to Flooding

July 18, 2013

(Arlington, VA)  Canadian leaders of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the world’s largest group of charitable fundraisers, convened in Calgary last week to discuss the future of philanthropy and highlight the impact of volunteerism by the public in response to Canada’s worst flooding in years.

“Fundraising and philanthropy are the bedrock for communities mobilizing resources to solve problems and create long-lasting impact,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP, “What we’ve witnessed here in southern Alberta has been inspiring and needs to be praised.”

On their trip to Calgary, Watt and AFP leaders met with legislators to discuss the flood relief efforts. “At times like this, the public and private sectors, along with government, must pull together to enable community action,” added Watt. “Partnerships, programs and services, many of which are facilitated by the fundraising community, are engaging to deliver solutions, and we’re privileged to be supporting their efforts.”  

AFP hosted meetings for philanthropic leaders from across Canada to collaborate, examine the current state of philanthropy and consider how charities can improve service to communities.

"I was so pleased to meet with the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Calgary to discuss the important steps our Conservative government is taking to encourage charitable contributions through the First-time Donor's Super Credit. We also discussed the experience of volunteering since the flood," said Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre). "We've heard a lot in the past weeks about the resilience and the out-pouring of volunteerism in Calgary, and it is all true; what we have not heard about however, is the benefit to the volunteer for lending a hand. The impact of bringing hope to a complete stranger by helping to give them back their home is insurmountable. As the MP in Calgary Centre, I can say with certainty that the spirit in our community and what binds us together has never been stronger, and that is owed to the thousands of Calgarians who stepped up."

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