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AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada: Moving Fundraising and Philanthropy Forward With Your Help

April 12, 2011

PatiGreenwood_300x412Now celebrating our 11th year, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada is very proud of its many accomplishments.  We recently completed a case for support with input from Canadian chapter leaders, and I want to share the results of that work, as well as our recent successes, with you.

In the past year, the foundation has provided scholarships to volunteers and professionals to attend the AFP International Conference on Fundraising, the Toronto Fundraising Congress and other educational sessions. The foundation supported several National Philanthropy Day® events and educational programs, helped to create a mentoring program in Nova Scotia, and also funded the translation of the new Fundamentals of Fundraising curriculum into French.

These are no small feats, and they add to a long list of accomplishments from recent years including translations of several other educational materials into French and support for a special, Canada-wide webinar in September 2009 to learn more about the new Canada Revenue Agency Fundraising Guidelines.

Our Vision: Transforming Canadian Philanthropy

The foundation's long-term objectives are to enhance ethical practice, build satisfying careers, and strengthen the sector and society. To move towards these objectives and our vision, the foundation established the following goals for 2011-2013, which is explained in more detail in the 2011 Case for Support.

Goal #1: Create Sector Advocates Through Education

The foundation will address the need for accessible, sector-wide education through twice-yearly, free Cross-Canada Webinars.

Goal #2: Build Philanthropic Leaders Through Scholarships

The foundation would like to fund and grant a minimum of 30 scholarships between 2011 and 2013. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500. In 2011, the goal is to provide a minimum of five scholarships; in 2012 our ambition to increase the minimum of 10; in 2013 the scholarship program will fund a minimum of 15 scholarships per year.

Goal #3: Strengthen the Sector Through Career Mentoring

AFP wants to formalize mentoring within the profession through a new National Career Mentoring Program, matching knowledgeable and seasoned professionals with those wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills.

Goal #4: Foster Understanding Through Research

The foundation's desire is to foster innovation in research to address future trends in fundraising by launching a Research Grants Program. Over the next three years, our ambition is to fund a total of eight $10,000 research grants to individuals or institutions conducting research into fundraising and philanthropy in Canada.

Give to the AFP Canada Foundation

One of the ways that the Canadian Foundation raises money is through the Every Member Campaign.  As an association of fundraising professionals, we ask that you show your support to the profession by making a donation to the foundation.  Each AFP chapter has a goal that is determined at the beginning of the year. If the chapter meets that goal, then 25 percent of the monies raised are granted back to the geographic area of the chapter to provide additional educational programs, scholarships and resources.

Please consider making a gift this year to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada's Every Member Campaign. 

Thank you for your support of your professional association in Canada and helping us strengthen fundraising across the country.

Pati Greenwood, CFRE
Vice President, Resource Development, Women's College Hospital Foundation in Toronto
Chair, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada

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