Summer 2020 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear Members of AFP,

What a year it’s turned out to be.  These past few months have been beyond challenging in every possible way – personally and professionally, as individuals and as members of our communities, they have also demonstrated that we are resilient. And that we care deeply.  As President of AFP Ottawa, I have been heartened to see the innovation and quick pivoting of so many of our member organizations to respond to the urgencies and new realities presented by COVID-19.  These past few months of crisis and isolation have also been witness to great acts of kindness, generosity, giving, and community, and for this I am deeply greatly to have a ‘first hand seat’ by virtue of working in the charitable sector.

I would like to thank the outgoing directors of the AFP Ottawa Board, welcome the new community leaders who are joining the board and thank those as well who are continuing their mandates this year.  I would also like to thank the hundreds of you who took part in AFP Ottawa’s new online learning webinars, as we shifted to virtual learning and community building during the pandemic. As a chapter, we look forward to finding new ways of reaching you, our members, in the fall with content and learning opportunities that are relevant and that meet your needs.  I hope everyone has a chance to take a break and recharge over these summer months.  Be well and take good care!

Teresa Marques, CFRE
President, AFP Ottawa

RECAP OF OUR VIRTUAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Announcing our 2020-21 Board of Directors

At AFPO’s Virtual Annual General Meeting on June 4th, we announced the new AFP Ottawa Board of Directors. We are grateful to all returning directors, as well as new leaders in our community who have volunteers to serve the AFP Chapter, including Lyndsi McMillan, Andrea Peponoulas, and Claire Lewis! See our full slate of Board of Directors for 2020-21 on our website here: https://afpottawa.ca/board-of-directors/

 

 

Thank you to our Volunteers

Thank you to all of our volunteers who contribute to the success of our committees, events and programs.  We would not be successful without all of you sharing your expertise. We have been recognizing our volunteers on social media, which you can see here: https://twitter.com/AFPottawa

Are you interested in volunteering on a committee next year? Please contact Rhonda at afpottawa.volunteer@gmail.com   Have a fantastic summer.

 

 

 

Financial Update

The chapter had a very successful year in 2019 which can be attributed to you, the support of our members, as well as a Board that continues to look for innovative ways in providing resources and education opportunities to help you succeed.

We can attribute our good standing financially to the exceptional attendance of Fundraising Day, with the RBC partnership being a great addition. We also had great attendance at the Philanthropy Awards Gala and our Professional Development sessions were very well attended, thanks to a fundraising community thirsty for knowledge.

Thank you for making 2019 a great year for the Ottawa Chapter. For a look at the full audited financial statements from 2019, see this post: https://afpottawa.ca/announcement/materials-for-afp-ottawas-annual-general-meeting/

 

AFP MEMBERSHIP – A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

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.

 

AFP’s launches Initiative to Raise Awareness Surrounding Mental Health and Wellness 
AFP recognizes the importance of self-care and mental health and how they impact our careers, relationships with ourselves and others, and our everyday lives.

One in four people around the world will be affected by mental disorders, and roughly 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions—including those in the charitable sector.

We’re committed to ending the stigma surrounding mental health. That’s why AFP Global is launching AFP Supports.  The goal is to raise awareness and provide you with the resources needed to learn about and address a critical subject that impacts so many.

There are many issues related to mental health and self-care, and we are just getting started with AFP Supports.

Visit https://afpglobal.org/afpsupports for more information.

 

Membership Payment Plan

Your membership is about to expire or has expired and due to these difficult times your unable to renew in full.  AFP is offering a one-time offer to allow payment of membership dues in six instalments.  If you are interested in participating in this plan, please contact AFP Membership Services at mbrship@afpglobal.org.  This plan is limited to the Professional or Associate categories of membership only.  Visit afpglobal.org/plan for more details.

 

IDEA CORNER

AFP Releases Townhall Recording on Anti-Racism, Inclusion and Fundraising

With the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police and the protests that have ensued, many are asking what we can do to end racism in America and across the world. On June 15, AFP held a townhall conversation about the actions AFP and fundraisers can take to bring about a more inclusive and just profession and society, hosted by Michelle Edgerton and including Kishshana Palmer, Simone Joyaux, Ken Miller and Marco Corona.

Watch the Townhall recording here: https://afpglobal.org/events/afp-townhall-anti-racism

 

 

REFLECTING ON 2020

Stronger Together

We are in the year 2020 and it should have invoked insight,

Instead, now halfway thru, and we find ourselves in a fight,

For health, our life, our community, another way forward,

For what is required from each of us to brave this new world.

 

Through philanthropy each of us will be able go the distance,

Because empathy and giving back will make the difference,

We will continue to stand strong and believe in what we do,

And make adjustments, no doubt changing our point of view.

 

And someday, when we look back on these challenging times,

It will be with understanding and appreciation, because sometimes,

We need hardship and struggles to finally see the bigger picture,

To transform the future for the better, in the end be the victors.

– Poem by Andrea Olsen-Black

 

CHAPTER JOB CENTER

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.

 

 

 

 


May 2020 Newsletter

CHAPTER EVENTS

AFPO’s Annual General Meeting (a virtual BYOBeverage event!)

Just like you enjoy a relaxing time with your friends, AFP Ottawa loves having Quorum for our Annual General Meeting. So, it’s virtual Quorum-tini time! Join us for our virtual AGM from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4th.

There, we will recognize outstanding volunteers from our chapter, and vote on the2020-2021 slate for the Board of Directors of the AFP Ottawa Chapter. Your vote matters and we hope to see you there!

Click here to register.

 

Professional Development Recordings Available Online!

This month we hosted some hot-topic webinars including: Digital Success in a Crisis: An Ottawa Food Bank Case Study and Fishing in Your Own Pond: Combining Analytics and Stewardship to Engage more Donors.

In case you missed them, great news! You can now view select webinars on the AFP Ottawa website! Simply visit our Professional Development page and view under “Recordings.” We hope you find these resources valuable.

 

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

Nominations for Philanthropy Awards are open!

Ottawa benefits from the many individuals, families, groups and businesses that make outstanding contributions to our city’s local charitable organizations. The Philanthropy Awards were created to acknowledge these expressions of generosity and commitment to community.

Nominations are currently open for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Individual Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Group
  • Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional
  • NEW! Outstanding Emergency Response – Individual Philanthropist or Volunteer, Business, Group, Foundation, Charity or other Organization

This year, the Outstanding Emergency Response award was established in recognition of the outstanding efforts undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access and complete all nomination forms visit https://afpottawa.ca/philanthropy-awards/. The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Friday, June 5, 2020

 

AFP Global Q&A with AFPO’s President, Teresa Marques

AFP Global invited AFP Ottawa Chapter President Teresa Marques to share her perspectives and highlights on the RBC mentorship program, how our chapter is shifting to virtual programming, and how our chapter is recognizing COVID-19 heroes at our National Philanthropy Awards this year.

To read Teresa’s interview, visit: https://afpglobal.org/chapterleader

 

 

 

AFP MEMBERSHIP – A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

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.

 

Membership Benefits: June Webinar Fees Waived!

AFP Member Benefit: Registration Fee Waived for June Premium Webinars. We know times are tough, but you still need to stay at the top of your fundraising game. That’s why AFP has waived registration fees for our June 10 and June 24 webinars for all AFP members. Check out the full list of webinars and register at: https://www.pathlms.com/afp/events


Membership Payment Plan

If your membership is about to expire or has expired due to these difficult times,  AFP is offering a one-time offer to allow payment of membership dues in six installments.  If you are interested in participating in this plan, please contact AFP Membership Services at mbrship@afpglobal.org.  This plan is limited to the Professional or Associate categories of membership only.  Visit afpglobal.org/plan for more details.

 

IDEA CORNER

Free Negotiation Workshops Available

All AFP members now have access to American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Work Smart Online, a free one-hour digital course, which provides strategies and skills to help individuals learn to better negotiate on behalf of themselves.

The workshop provides negotiating tactics that participants can feel comfortable with and teaches them that negotiation is a conversation, not a confrontation. The skills and knowledge provided in the workshop, while focused on salary and benefit negotiations, will help fundraisers in a variety of conversations—including talking with donors, making “the ask,” and addressing tough topics with colleagues—and will make everyone more aware of the salary gap in the profession.

AFP members will learn to analyze and verbalize their professional worth and accomplishments and develop a value statement that can empower their conversations with others. After completion, nearly half of the participants were able to negotiate for a raise, promotion, or higher-paying job, according to AAUW.

To learn more, visit: https://afpglobal.org/professional-development/aauw-online-negotiation-workshops

 

 

CHAPTER JOB CENTER

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.

 

 

 


April 2020 Newsletter

 

President’s Message

Dear AFP Ottawa members,

To say the past 6 weeks have been challenging would be a massive understatement. Truly, the situation in which we find ourselves as a result of COVID-19 – professionally, personally, physically and emotionally – is unprecedented.  On behalf of the board of AFP Ottawa, I want to thank you, our members, for the work you’re doing every day to help our community make it through this crisis.  So many of you are on the front lines of your organizations, and an equal number I’m sure are working to keep your charity in a position of strength, amid such uncertainty.

While clearly there is much devastation, I’m inspired and heartened by the extraordinary acts of philanthropy and community building that are all around us.  This past March, following the outbreak of pandemic, Canada Helps reported that the number of donors online was actually up 62 per cent over the same month last year, while the number of donations was up 65 per cent. These numbers speak to the generosity of Canadians and our resiliency, despite the severe economic hardship being experienced by millions across Canada.

Here in Ottawa, your AFP Chapter is committed to offering valuable learning opportunities to our members and the broader community, free of charge.  We have been heartened to see such strong and positive engagement, with more than 100 registrants per webinar offered over the past few weeks. We look forward to responding to your feedback on the kinds of learning opportunities which would be most valuable and relevant to you NOW, and we thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

While we regrettably had to cancel Fundraising Day 2020, we’re turning our minds now to the Philanthropy Awards next November, and look forward to being able to celebrate with you all, hopefully in person. We’re excited to be announcing special awards this year focused on the extraordinary ways in which our community has responded to this crisis – more details to come.

In the near term, May 5th will mark #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to COVID-19.  Please check out www.givingtuesday.ca for resources you can access to help bolster giving for your organization, and join the giving conversation online by using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th.  We know that acts of empathy and giving can inspire as well as offer critical support.  Let’s show the strength of our community here in Ottawa, while we demonstrate the power of giving.

With very best wishes and thanks,

Teresa Marques, CFRE
President, AFP Ottawa

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

 

New Features: Professional Development Recordings Available Online!

Did you miss our recent professional development webinar offerings? Great news! You can now view the webinars on the AFP Ottawa website! Simply visit the Professional Development page (where you can also check out our future webinar offerings!) and view the videos under “Recordings”. We hope you enjoy and find these resources valuable.

 

 

Keeping Your Fundraising Game Strong

It’s no surprise that while the world presses pause in many areas of business and life in general, fundraisers are hard at work ensuring that much needed funds are continuing to be raised for worthy causes.

In an integrated world there is an opportunity to reach your donors in new ways. DonorPerfect reports that a whopping 57% of people who watch fundraising videos will go on to donate to that cause. With stats like that, it’s safe to say that using what little time you have to broadcast your organization’s needs through this crisis is worth the community of support you’ll gain. Perhaps the most relieving part about making a video is that you don’t even have to leave your couch.

Check out DonorPerfect’s 7 Tips to Creating Compelling Fundraising Videos During the Covid Crisis

 

AFP MEMBERSHIP – A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

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.

 

 

Membership Benefits

With your membership, you have access to numerous benefits.  During these unprecedented times, while our work environments have changed and we practice physical distancing, we can all connect virtually and expand our knowledge.  Your AFP Ottawa Chapter and AFP Global are providing numerous free webinars to help you grow your career and your education knowledge.  Visit afpglobal.org and afpottawa.ca to take advantage of your membership benefits today!

 

 

Membership Payment Plan

Due to these difficult times, AFP is pleased to offer new payment plan options. If your membership is about to expire, or has expired, and you’re unable to renew in full, AFP will allow you to pay your membership dues in six instalments.  If you are interested in participating in this one-time offer, please contact AFP Membership Services at mbrship@afpglobal.org.  This plan is limited to the Professional or Associate categories of membership only.  Visit afpglobal.org/plan for more details.

IDEA Corner

 

AFP Ottawa achieves champion designation!

The Ottawa Chapter of AFP has again achieved the IDEA Champion Designation from AFP International. The Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity.  Our Chapter is committed to ensuring the inclusion, diversity, equity and access of fundraisers in their careers and in the sector.  For information on how you can get involved and become a part of the work of IDEA in the Ottawa Chapter, please contact secretariat@afpottawa.ca

 

CHAPTER JOB CENTER

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.

 

 

 


February 2020 Newsletter

NEWS AND UPDATES

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/.

 

CHAPTER EVENTS

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 MEMBERSHIP – A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

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

 

 

IDEA CORNER

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

 

 

SAVE-THE-DATE

 

CHAPTER JOB CENTER

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
@TerMarques

 

 

BREAKING NEWS

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 MEMBERSHIP – A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

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.

 

 CHAPTER EVENTS

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.

 

IDEA CORNER

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

 

SAVE THE DATE!

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


CHAPTER JOB CENTER

 

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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