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AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Receives $400,000 Boost to Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

February 25, 2015

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received a multiyear grant, valued at $403,674, from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to create a fellowship program that will support and train fundraisers from diverse backgrounds.

This is the second grant that the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has received from the Ontario government. The first grant supported a three year project, From Diversity to Inclusion in Philanthropy: An Action Plan for Ontario’s Charitable Sector, which brought together donors, fundraisers, volunteers and charity leaders from twelve different communities to share insights about the giving traditions and interests of emerging philanthropic groups across the province.

The second grant, which will cover a 25 month period, will create a pipeline of diverse fundraising leadership through specialized training, education and mentorship opportunities for new and mid-career fundraising professionals from underrepresented communities.

“Through the first grant, we’ve created training and educational materials that can help fundraisers engage our incredibly diverse communities with meaning and sincerity,” said Scott Decksheimer, CFRE, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. “Now with this fellowship program, we will be able to nurture and support fundraisers that reflect the communities we serve. All of us at the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada thank the Ontario government for their support of this project and their belief in the importance of advancing inclusion within the sector.”

The project will support 70 fellows across Ontario. Each fellow will receive intensive professional development and mentorship opportunities, and will participate in organizational policy development on inclusion and equity issues.

“This project is a ground-breaking effort that will help embed inclusion throughout Ontario’s charitable and nonprofit sector,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “At the same time, it will build a significant cadre of diverse leaders who, with greater knowledge of inclusive leadership and fundraising best practices, will have a meaningful impact on their own professional work, as well as the broader charitable sector.”

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