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To Canadian Chapter Leaders: An AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada Update

April 9, 2018

By Roger Ali, CFRE

Thank you very much for your partnership with and support of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.  2018 is off to a very good year, and I wanted to share some of the programs that the Foundation is implementing this year to assist the fundraising profession.

Research: “What Canadian Donors Want”

The fourth iteration of this research was completed in collaboration with IPSOS and unveiled during a webinar on March 1, 2018.  You can find all the resources that are available from the research here.  This important body of research for the fundraising profession would not have been possible without the important support of our donors.  Thank you for your support!

AFP SK, Saskatoon Chapter – Lead Chapter Donor
AFP AB, Calgary & Area Chapter
AFP AB, Edmonton & Area Chapter
AFP AB, Southern Chapter
AFP BC, Vancouver Chapter
AFP Manitoba Chapter
AFP Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter
AFP ON, Greater Toronto Chapter
AFP ON, Golden Horseshoe Chapter
AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter
AFP ON, Canada South Chapter
AFP Quebec Chapter
AFP SK, Regina Chapter
AFP Members at the 2017 Canadian Leadership Retreat
Every Member Campaign Donors
Scott Decksheimer, CFRE
Michael Decter
Sue McCoy, CFRE

The Foundation also funded independent research (see article in this issue of AFP eWire Canada) titled “Retail Demand for Impact Investing” by John Gormaly and Dr. Brent McKnight. Later this year another piece of research will be conducted by Mikhael Bornstein, CFRE on “Canadian Fundraising Leadership Style

Diversity & Inclusion: Hopefully you have been able to attend the complimentary diversity and inclusion webinars that the Foundation hosted in March. These webinars were funded through a grant by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, thanks to the work of the Foundation’s Major Gifts Committee.  

The national expansion of the "Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program" begins April 1.  The Foundation received a grant for this expansion from Canadian Heritage, as well as many gifts from donors who support our efforts—most notably through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that took place last summer. The two cohorts of Ontario Fellows led the way with the Campaign.  The Foundation is finalizing the hire of a part-time program manager to administer this program.  Please look for more information about this program in April.

AFP in Canada Strategic Plan: The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is working jointly with the AFP Canada Board and chapter representatives to create the first AFP in Canada Strategic Plan that both entities will share.  The current timeline calls for the final plan to be brought to both Boards for approval during their meetings in October at the Leadership Academy.  There will be time during the Canadian Leader Meetings in New Orleans on Monday, April 16 from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. to discuss the plan, as well as during the Canadian Leadership Retreat in Edmonton on July 26-28, 2018.

National Scholarship Program: Deadlines for applications to the National Scholarship Program are March 15 and September 15 of each year.  Apply here.

Upcoming Calendar:

  • AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Annual General Meeting, Monday, June 4 at 12:30 p.m. EST 
  • AFP Canadian Leadership Retreat, July 26-28, 2018, Edmonton, Alberta. Registration will be opening soon.
  • AFP Leadership Academy, October 11-13, 2018, Toronto, Ontario. Registration will open in May. The AFP Leadership Academy is sponsored by the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy, but with the location being in Canada this year, the Canada Foundation is very supportive of this important event for leadership development. We would like to ask all Canadian chapters to consider designating your Chapter Impact Campaign gift toward leadership development, which will directly impact the Leadership Academy. It would be wonderful to have 100% Canadian chapter representation for this program in 2018.

D3 - Debate, Debunk, Delight: I had the opportunity to attend an extraordinary day and hear from several thought leaders as a first- time attendee. One of the highlights was getting to meet some of the Fellows from the Diversity & Inclusion 2.0 program and hear how they benefited from the program.  I left with big ideas and further insights on the opportunities and challenges for our sector.

I recently shared this video with my staff and hope you feel as enriched and motivated as I did. . Use your smile to change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

Roger Ali, CFRE is the Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.

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