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Grant Enables Mentoring Program Expansion

March 19, 2013

The following is an excerpt from a letter recently received by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. 

I wonder if you could share this email with the members of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and those who are responsible for the Chapter Career Mentoring Program.

On behalf of the board of directors and the members of AFP Vancouver, I would like to express my deepest thanks for the committee's generosity in awarding our chapter a grant in support of our mentorship program in 2013. I am sorry for the delay in writing this note of appreciation. I had been out of the country and returned to find the cheque waiting.

Your support has helped inspired us to expand the AFP Vancouver mentorship program this year. In addition to the core program which consists of between 10 and 15 matched mentor/apprentice pairs who meet monthly for a year and for two professional development group meetings, we are starting three new initiatives:

  • a "human library" - people will be able to "borrow" more experienced fundraisers for 20 minute sessions
  • a Speed Learning Mingler which is like "speed dating meets the human library"
  • a PechaKucha night ( to share tips, tricks and tools that will make us all more successful in our work.

Thank you once again for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Heather Wardle, CFRE
Chair, Scholarship and Mentorship Committee
AFP Vancouver



When contacted, Heather Wardle was pleased to report more positive developments to the AFP Vancouver Mentoring program: a record 21 pairs of mentors and mentees have already started meeting.  Two role-model mentors, Ashley Oakes of Arts Umbrella and Peter Chipman of Variety even took on two mentees each!  Also, their February group session was a great success, and included a presentation by Cheryl Stafford, president of the Vancouver Chapter of the International Coaching Federation.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is pleased to share the chapter mentoring tool kit, available for chapters to use in developing their own mentoring programs.

There are also grants available (such that AFP Vancouver received) for Canadian AFP chapters to further fundraising mentoring efforts in the geographic area that you serve. Contact the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada at for more information!

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