February 2020 Newsletter


Only a few days left to apply to be a Mentor or a Protégé!

Applications for AFP Ottawa’s Future Leaders Mentorship Program in partnership with RBC close at midnight on Monday March 9th.

We still have room for a few more participants. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this fantastic program this year!

Experienced fundraising professionals (Mentors) will be paired with young people interested in a career in the non-profit sector (Protégés), and together they will attend AFP Ottawa’s Fundraising Day on May 21st for networking and professional development.

Protégés receive free registration to Fundraising Day, while Mentors receive a 50% discount on their Fundraising Day registration. And, there are many more benefits for both mentors and protégés.

Visit afpottawa.ca/future-leaders to learn more, and to register by March 9th!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Holly Paulin, AFP Ottawa Board of Directors, at afpottawa.mentorship@gmail.com


Speaker Discovery Series Ottawa – Call for Committee Members

We want to bring the Speaker Discovery Series to Ottawa! This fantastic event, first started by AFP Toronto, offers first-time speakers an opportunity to receive coaching, mentorship, and constructive feedback. Do you want to be part of the team that makes it happen?

If so, please contact Holly at hollypaulin@goodworksco.ca. We’re looking for fun, reliable, detail-oriented people with experience or an interest in event planning to help make this event our own. Thank you!




Celebrating Black History Month

AFP is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access. During the month of February, AFP Global has been recognizing and celebrating Black History Month with articles and interviews highlighting the experiences of Black fundraisers in the profession. Read more about the issue of racism of the fundraising profession.


Opportunity for Intern Talent!

The fieldwork or internship component of Algonquin’s Advertising program is an opportunity for employers to gain the services of a senior student and help that student become a professional. Students gain experience and exposure to the day-to-day realities of advertising and marketing communications. Fieldwork lasts six weeks and usually runs from March to late April. Joining the program can help put tomorrow’s professionals to work today, and enables you to share your experience and benefit from their enthusiasm!

To learn more: https://littleshopofinterns.wixsite.com/algonquincollege



The next CFRE application deadline is coming soon!

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) demonstrates your mastery of fundraising best practices to your colleagues, board, donors, and beyond. It shows your steadfast commitment to ethical fundraising and the profession.

April 15 is the next CFRE application deadline. Submit your application now to take a major step forward towards earning the only accredited and globally-recognized credential for fundraising professionals.

Our members enjoy a special 20% off discount on the CFRE initial application.

Learn more at https://www.cfre.org/certification/initial/.



Registration for AFP Fundraising Day Now Open!

Anticipating what the next decade of fundraising might look like is not an easy task. The world around us is moving rapidly and keeping up on the latest trends proves to be increasingly challenging.

Ottawa’s Fundraising Day Committee, chaired by Ashley Richer, has been working hard to create an exciting conference that will reinvigorate your passion for fundraising, help you focus on what’s next in our sector and provide actionable ideas that you can start using tomorrow!

We can’t wait to host you for a dynamic day of learning on May 21st.  Register today!



AFP’s mission is simple: to help you change the world. This space is dedicated to AFP offerings that connect you to our global community of members.

AFP360° is an online career builder and management tool provided to all AFP members through our partnership with Korn Ferry and its Advance program. Services in AFP360° is provided free of charge to members, and includes: Digital Resume Analysis, Traits Assessment, Korn Ferry Job Board access (separate service from AFP Career Center), Career Insights and Interview App coaching for 80 minutes. Read more here: https://afpglobal.org/AFP360




Step into a Leadership Role with Diversity in Leadership Ottawa

Did you see this video message from AFP President and CEO Mike Geiger about AFP’s new priority for the new decade? A focus on leadership development will equip members to meet the growing need for leaders. Serving on a Board of Directors can be a meaningful way to build leadership experience, and many boards are looking specifically for directors with fundraising and development expertise. Gain valuable experience and build your portfolio through the Diversity in Leadership Ottawa program, which can match you to a great opportunity to invest your time and talent. Read More






Looking for your next career move in philanthropy? Our job board always has something new. Visit afpottawa.ca/chapter-job-center/

The AFP Ottawa Career center is generously supported by Donor Perfect.


January 2020 Newsletter

President’s Message

As we start not only a new year but also a new decade, I’m feeling optimistic and hopeful about what lies ahead for our sector in Ottawa.

For those of you who attended December’s panel discussion on the recent report and recommendations by the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, you will have heard the enthusiasm, commitment, and willingness to collaborate expressed by many in support of long-term change for the charitable sector. This, together with the work of our AFP Canada leaders and cultivation of the next generation of fundraisers through new programs leaves much to be excited about and grateful for. It was also terrific to end the 2019 with a bit of a breather, through an AFP holiday social in partnership with CAGP – and featuring the comedic talent of Ottawa’s own Sam Laprade!

In this issue, we’re proud to announce the re-launch of our Future Leaders Mentorship Program, in partnership with RBC. I hope you will read more and consider signing up or recommending someone for this year-long program with amazing learning and growth opportunities. We also have some great membership resources and articles which we hope find some use in your everyday work practice.

As we embark on a new year, I want to thank you for your commitment to making our city a better place and for your valued membership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I hope to see you soon at AFP’s upcoming learning events!

Teresa Marques
President, AFP Ottawa Chapter




RBC Continues Partnership with AFP Ottawa for next generation leaders

AFP Ottawa is committed to providing opportunities for young people to learn more about our dynamic philanthropic sector. With the support of RBC, we’ve created the AFP Ottawa Future Leaders mentorship program, the first of its kind in Canada.

As part of this program, promising young people aged 19-35 from the national capital region are paired with experienced fundraising professionals. Applications for both Mentors and Protégés are now open!

Read more.



AFP’s mission is simple: to help you change the world. This space is dedicated to AFP offerings that connect you to our global community of members.

Have a question that only a fundraiser could answer and don’t know where to go? Check out AFP Connect, AFP’s online discussion platform only for members. New in-depth conversations are starting all the time—get in there and ask, or answer, a pressing question today! https://community.afpglobal.org/home

Also for members, the January 2020 issue of Advancing Philanthropy explores the idea that fundraising success starts with how your approach your job, your colleagues, your workplace and yourself. As a member, you can read the latest edition of the quarterly Advancing Philanthropy magazine online here. As a member, you can read the latest edition of the quarterly Advancing Philanthropy magazine online here.



Speed Mentoring Forges New Connections

20 mentors. 20 protégés. 10 minutes… AFP Ottawa’s Speed Mentoring event returned for another year of quick, casual mentorship and knowledge sharing on January 21st at Clocktower Brewpub. Plenty of Fundraisers from across our city came out to listen and learn and form some new connections.


Holiday Social with CAGP a Festive Success

Members from AFP and CAGP’s Ottawa Chapters came together in the spirit of the season on December 10th at Mill Street Brew Pub.

The food was delicious, toasts were given, and Sam Laprade had us all in stitches with her stand-up comedy routine. Check out the full gallery of photos on Facebook.



In 2018, Cause Effective launched a year-long field-learning project to explore questions of racial equity through the lens of the development director.

When asked “why does diversity in fundraising matter?” some respondents said, because: Fundraising is where the narrative of organizations is shaped – development professionals create the language that describes the problems, solutions and visions for change.

You can read more findings from the report in Hilborn Charity eNews here: https://hilborn-charityenews.ca/articles/money-power-and-race-the-lived-experience-fundraisers



  • Fundraising Day 2020, May 21, 2020
  • Sexual Harassment Professional Development Session, April 2020



Looking for your next career move in philanthropy? Our job board always has something new. Visit: afpottawa.ca/chapter-job-center/



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