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Teaching the Teachers at the First Canadian Faculty Training Academy

(June 28, 2004) The first AFP Faculty Training Academy (FTA) in Canada was held June 17-19 in cooperation with the Mount Royal College Institute of Nonprofit Studies in Calgary, Alberta. Twenty-five AFP members from the United States and Canada who have expertise in fundraising and experience in teaching fundraising practitioners in a variety of venues were selected to attend.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada played a major role in the Academy through its first Major Gifts campaign, which raised $47,800 to support the Academy in Calgary. The foundation wishes to thank all of those contributors who supported the academy campaign, including the Mount Royal College Institute of Nonprofit Studies, Canada Rail, The Kahanoff Foundation, Legacy Leaders Inc., BMO Financial Group, the Edmonton Community Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Facilitated by B. J. Bischoff, director of public services for Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, the Academy focused on adult learning concepts and teaching techniques, including learning styles and training methods, lesson plans, ice breakers and energizers, forms of delivery, handling questions, giving directions, facilitating discussions and working with difficult trainees.

Roberta Healey, CFRE, development director of The Hickman in West Chester, Pa., and the FTA graduate advisor, demonstrated some of the teaching techniques she learned when attending AFP's first two Faculty Training Academies in 2000 and 2002. On the last day, each participant presented a 10-minute training session on a fundraising topic, which was videotaped and critiqued by fellow attendees.

'I learned to appreciate that adults have a variety of learning styles,' said one academy graduate. 'I plan to improve my teaching by adding more variety in my teaching methods.'

'It's important to involve participants in the learning experience, not just lecture,' said another. 'I plan to use more group activities and try to ensure than each student in my class has an opportunity to contribute to the learning experience in a positive way.'

'Graduates of the Faculty Training Academy will form a group of highly qualified teachers who will take leadership positions in AFP professional education programs,' said Walter Sczudlo, executive vice president and general counsel for AFP. 'AFP is very pleased to be able to provide this training opportunity.'

All graduates of FTA have agreed to volunteer as an instructor for at least three AFP courses within the next two years, and many said they plan to offer 'train the trainer' programs for chapters in their region. A list of FTA graduates for 2000 and 2002 may be found at /Professional/content.cfm?ItemNumber=772. For contact information and instructor profiles for these individuals, contact the AFP Education and Career Development Department at profadv@afpnet.org.

More information on the Faculty Training Academy is available at /Professional/content.cfm?ItemNumber=771.



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