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Canada - July 31, 2012
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Canada and Charities
Top Story: Top Ten Canadian Charity Law Compliance Issues, Part 2
A great deal has been written about legal compliance surrounding charities in Canada. Much of that material, however, is highly specialized, hard to understand and sometimes esoteric. This article concludes Mark Blumberg’s summary of the ten most important items charities and their boards of directors need to know about charity law in Canada. (Part two of a two-part series) Read more.

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Community News and New Ideas

Nonprofits Play Crucial Role in Public Policy Decisions
“One of the great strengths of our country is the capacity of each Canadian to get involved in our civic process and advocate for various causes,” says AFP Chair Andrea McManus, CFRE. “Nonprofits provide a critical pathway for Canadians to participate.” Read on to find out how.

Re-engaging Senior Practitioners
AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter leaders were surprised to learn that assumptions about their members were working against them. Read this account of President Mike House’s, CFRE efforts to re-engage and build value for his chapter’s senior practitioners. Read more.

Catching Up With...AFP Ottawa
Lisa MacDonald, AFP eWire Canada editor, gets the scoop from Leah Eustace, CFRE on AFP Ottawa’s successful and long-running Mentorship Program. Read more.

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Member Announcements

Speaker Database

Calling All AFP Members – Nominations Are Open!
Who do you know that could make a difference in shaping AFP in Canada? Nominating committees for The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada and The AFP Canada Council are accepting your suggestions for board representatives. This is an opportunity to make your voice be heard. Read more!

Understanding Your Deepest Aspirations and Concerns for Charity - Share Your Thoughts and Feelings in AFP Greater Toronto’s Ethics Survey
Give AFP Greater Toronto Chapter 15 minutes of your time. Take this ethics survey and automatically enter your name for FREE AFP membership renewal! Read more.

McManus Awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal
Andrea McManus, CFRE, the chair of AFP, has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her service to the fundraising profession and the nonprofit community in Canada. Read more.

Want Senior-Level Skills and Experience Beyond Just Fundraising? Get New Skills for a Complex World at Stanford This September
The seventh annual Nonprofit Management Institute, the popular conference sponsored by AFP and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, takes place Sept. 11-12 on the campus of Stanford University. The theme this year is “New Skills for a Complex World.” Plus, new for 2012 are two optional post-conference intensives on Thursday, Sept. 13. Learn more.

Calling All Authors! Exceptional Writers Needed for Three Books
The AFP Publishing Advisory Committee is looking for authors for three books focusing on the following topics: the transition from CDO to CEO, crisis management, and strategic message development and communications. The books will be part of the AFP Fund Development Series published by John Wiley & Sons. To learn more, click here.

Read the July/August 2012 Digital Issue of Advancing Philanthropy!
Entrepreneurial leaders are transforming the way organizations, donors, volunteers and constituents interact with one another to accomplish greater social good. And they are not interested in simply improving efficiencies here and there—they want to reinvent the way nonprofits work. Click here to read the July/August 2012 digital issue of AFP’s Advancing Philanthropy magazine.

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Fundraising Tips

The Power of Every Word
Here are five winning words and phrases from Laura Fredricks, JD, LLC for productive donor conversations. But for each donor conversation you'll need far more than just formulaic language. Read more.

Excellence in Fundraising in Canada
Excellence in Fundraising in Canada, edited by Guy Mallabone, CFRE, collectively represents more than 400 years of fundraising knowledge and experience—with contributions from more than 20 senior Canadian practitioners. The following excerpt is from Harvey McKinnon’s chapter on monthly giving. There’s no secret to acquiring monthly donors for life. Read on for Harvey’s strategy, rationale and tactics for getting a lifetime commitment from your donors.
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Let’s Talk About Branding
Is your organization building and nourishing its brand? Communications expert Kim Fuller says that if ongoing branding activities are not at the core of your organization, your nonprofit will be more vulnerable to the outside forces of government funding, regulation, volunteers and fundraising that can make or break a charity. Read more.

National Philanthropy Day Special Report
Planning is underway for the 2012 National Philanthropy Day special report in The Globe and Mail. This special report will spotlight donors, volunteers, businesses, fundraisers, foundations and young people who are working every day to help those around them. The supplement also includes a limited number of one-eighth, quarter, half and full-page advertising positions. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach a highly educated, influential and affluent segment of Canada’s population.
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Grantsmanship as a Profession
The “brokers” of grants – those who go between grant seekers and grant funders – often play a vital role in the funding chain of the organization they work with. In a brief overview, Gail Vertz, chief executive officer of the U.S.-based Grant Professionals Association, argues for further development of granting writing as a recognized profession in the United States and Canada. Read more.

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Fundraising Quick Links

Ontario Government releases outline of proposed regs under Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (Global Philanthropy)

Canada Revenue Agency cracks down on private foundations (The Globe and Mail)

11,000 Canadian donors share their views (

Canadian charities judged on spending practices (Money Sense)

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