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AFP eWire Canada
Vol.16, Num.15c
April 13, 2016

The State of AFP and What's Ahead for 2016

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, caught up with AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, during the AFP 2016 International Fundraising Conference in Boston and talked with him about the conference, AFP's priorities for the coming year and how the association is working to advance the profession.

UPDATE: The Canada New Horizons Transition Task Force
A new AFP association governance structure is in being considered for Canada. Get the latest update and information on how all AFP Canada members can get involved.

Call for 2017 AFP Association Board Nominations

The AFP Committee on Directorship is calling for board nominations for 2017. Nominations are due June 24 (EXCEPT for chair-elect nominations, which are due June 17). For more information and the nomination form, click here!

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Top Stories

Karen Willson Becomes 9th Canadian, 109th Fundraiser to Receive ACFRE
Only nine Canadians have earned the highly coveted ACFRE designation. The latest recipient, Karen Willson, shares a few of her thoughts on the process of attaining of one of her proudest achievements.

AFP International Conference: A Refresher in Skills and Spirit
As the Chamberlain Scholar from the AFP Toronto Chapter, Theresa Butler-Porter attended the AFP International Fundraising Conference for the first time last March in Boston. In her own words, she shares the impact that the conference experience had on her.

RESEARCH: As a Canadian Donor, What Do You Want?
In a rapidly changing world, it's a fundraiser's job to stay current. Lorelei Wilkinson would like you go one step further and start using the new 2015 AFP Donor Survey to inform tactical changes to your fundraising program.

Political Activities–Pariah or Possibility?
Dan Brunette
, chair of the AFP Canadian Government Relations committee, shares some simple reminders about the nature of political activity and the role it can play in your organization.

Writing for Fundraisers: Quality Writing Is the "How" in Donor-Centric Communications

If sitting down to a blank screen seems overwhelming, take heart. Writing skills are like muscles that need to be exercised and trained. Lisa MacDonald has some practical tips for how you can keep your writing strong and healthy.

Am I Invited? Fundraising in the Indigenous Community
A fellow in AFP's Inclusion and Philanthropy program, Sarah Midanik reminds us that "making the ask" is the first step in both fundraising and understanding a diverse culture.

Canadian Member News

Chamberlain Scholarship Recipients Represent Canada at AFPIFC
Every year, the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy invite chapters to select Chamberlain scholars to attend the AFP International Conference for the first time to learn, network and grow as professionals. This year, 15 Chamberlain Scholarship recipients represented their Canadian chapters at the International Fundraising Conference in Boston. Read on for a full listing of attendees at this year's conference.

UPDATE: The Canada New Horizons Transition Task Force
A new AFP association governance structure is in being considered for Canada. Get the latest plan update and information on how all AFP Canada members can get involved.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy: Your Gift at Work
Leah Eustace, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada, wants you to know that thanks to the support of AFP Canada members in 2015, the foundation made significant progress in developing future nonprofit leaders, conducted valuable research and made more funds available for regional chapter programs. Read on for more information about the difference your donation is making!

Do You Believe in Donor Love and Appreciation?
In this article and video message, Beth Ann Locke is inviting you to join the new AFP Gratitude Gang. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of a fantastic new stewardship initiative!

AFP Canada Council Red & White Reception a Hit in Boston
It was a great party at an excellent conference. Derek Fraser, past chair of the AFP Canada Council, gives a shout-out to the partners and people who made the AFP Canada Red & White Reception at the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston such a resounding success.

Fundraising Day 2016: A Full Day of Networking, Education and Fun!
Did you miss the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Boston? Don't despair—Fundraising Day 2016 in Toronto is just around the corner! Early bird registration rates are still in effect. Read on for highlights happening at this year's largest one-day fundraising conference in Canada.

Canadian Chapter Accomplishments Recognized at AFP International Fundraising Conference
Canadian AFP chapters are leading the charge in growth and giving back to help cultivate leadership in the sector. Check out these terrific accomplishments that happened in 2015. What goals does your chapter have for 2016?

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Fundraising Quicklinks

Investing for Effective Impact: Changing Donor Perceptions About Not-For-Profit Efficiency in Canada

Can I Get a Tax Receipt? Confusion Muddles Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Efforts

Preventing Abuse of Your Favourite Canadian Charity

Six-Year-Old Calgary Boy Gives Great Fundraising Tips

2016 Canadian Federal Budget: How It Will Affect The Canadian Charitable Sector


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AFP Central—AFP Programs, News and Services You Need to Know

The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising is Calling YOU!
Looking for education that will allow you to create an organizational environment for impactful fundraising success? The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF), taught by Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang and Simone Joyaux, is a rigorous masters-level qualification designed to do just this. Adrian Sargeant took the time to explain what the IADF can offer you. Registration is open through this month only! Click here for more information, or contact Rhonda Starr at or (703) 519-8471.

Introducing the AFP-THOLOGY: Special Events
Want a quick digest of information on Fundraising Hot Topics? We're creating "best of" anthologies for our most-asked-about topics beginning with Special Events. The Special Events AFP-thology contains articles on finding the right event for your organization, multi-channel engagement, budget planning and more! To order, click here.

Call for Proposals to Speak at AFP's 2017 International Fundraising Conference
Want to present at the largest gathering of fundraisers in the world? AFP is now accepting proposals to speak at the 54th International Fundraising Conference held in San Francisco, Calif., April 30-May 2, 2017. Please visit for more information and to submit your proposal. Proposal submission deadline is May 6, 2016.

Emerging Fundraisers Academy for Collegiate Members and Chapter Advisors 
AFP's Collegiate Leadership Conference is returning to Orlando, FL on June 2-4 as AFP's Emerging Fundraisers Academy. AFP is pleased to offer a $500 travel stipend, 2 nights of complimentary hotel rooms at the Wyndham, and complimentary event registration for one faculty advisor/chapter liaison and one collegiate chapter leader from each AFP collegiate chapter. Join us in continuing to encourage and aid students in becoming the next generation of philanthropic leaders and professional fundraisers. Apply now!

Raise More Money For Your Cause! 
Based on expert advice and insights from a variety of respected industry experts, Nonprofit Fundraising 101 is an essential text for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, activists, and social entrepreneurs who want to leverage best practices to promote their cause. Built upon the success of the best-selling Nonprofit Management 101, this easy-to-digest book provides practical, comprehensive guidance for nonprofit fundraising around the globe. With tips and tools, expert advice, and real-world insights from almost fifty industry leaders, this robust resource addresses the entire spectrum of fundraising. The book is out now—get your copy today!

AFP International Announces New Distinguished Fellows Program
Any AFP member with fifteen years in the profession is eligible for nomination as a Distinguished Fellow, while the Honorary Fellowship designation is for members with a minimum of fifteen years in leadership positions. Nominations are due June 30. Learn more about these new designations, and the nomination process, by clicking here.

Upcoming AFP Webinar: Beyond the Buzzwords: Proven Digital Strategies for Fundraising (April 27, 1:00–2:00 PM Eastern)
From Snapchat to Slack to Square, there are a million trendy tools your nonprofit organization could be using to reach your supporters and raise more money. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of buzz in the air? In this fast-paced and fun session on April 27, Claire Kerr will cut through the clutter and talk about which technology trends are making a difference for online fundraising in 2016 and which ones are busts! Register now!

April is National Financial Literacy Month—Ways to Educate Donors About Financial and Charitable Planning
April 2016 is the 12th anniversary of National Financial Literacy Month and an important opportunity for all charities to help educate donors about financial challenges and how estate planning—and including philanthropy in your planningcan help overcome those challenges.

Scholarships Available for the 4th Annual Development and Finance Symposium
Interested in attending the Development and Finance Symposium, co-sponsored by AFP and Rice University? Scholarships are now available! Join us to hear from panels of senior advancement and chief financial officers, and explore how to make better-informed business decisions for your organization. Our esteemed speakers will include Alan Hutson, MPA, CFRE, Managing Partner of the Monument Group and Senior Consultant of The Management Centre (=mc). Click here for the event scholarship form, or click here for more event details.

Top Ten Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You Need to Read
Our weekly round-up of the top blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your goal. This week's posts include how to effectively use hashtags; a great crowdfunding success story; using images in your fundraising; why your board should care about fundraising compliance; using Snapchat; and calculating your special event's opportunity costs. Learn more.

Job Listings/Grant Resources

AFP Career Center Resource for April:

Finding Talent. Growing Talent. Encouraging Talent.

By Lynn Wester
Did you know that there are about 1 million fundraising positions posted at any given time? Competition for the best people is fierce. To address this issue many of the large higher education institutions are building talent management teams in house to help them discover the best employees and recruit them to their organizations. Click here to read more.

Related Resource: Your Fundraising Career Hot Topic Page

Currently there are more than 400 jobs listed on our website.
To find one that is right for you, visit

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Grant Opportunities, Presented by GrantStation

The following grant opportunity listings—updated weekly—have been provided by GrantStation from the latest issue of GrantStation Insider. GrantStation is an essential tool for efficiently connecting grantseekers with accurate information about a wide range of grantmakers. Learn more about GrantStation.

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