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Deadline March 3, 2017  

Are you interested in taking the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course this April, but could use some extra help with the tuition cost? Apply for the AFP VI Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship for the opportunity to have your tuition covered! The application deadline is March 3, 2017. You can apply for a scholarship here.

The Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is a seven-module course designed to respond to the real-world challenges charitable and nonprofit organizations face every day. The program offers a comprehensive overview of the development function, features the most current information and techniques and includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience hands-on, substantive and enjoyable. The course is designed for individuals with 0 to 4 years of fundraising experience. It also counts towards your CFRE!

Upcoming Events
March 1, 2017 - AFP Morning Tea and Coffee Click

Join us at the AFP Morning Tea and Coffee Click! Hosted on the first Wednesday of every month in the Hillside Mall Food Court near the Juice Bar.

March Topic:  What makes a great leader? What are some pitfalls that aspiring leaders fall into? What can we do to develop as leaders in the non-profit sector? Come and join us as we discuss these questions and more! Wednesday March 1, 8 am at the Hillside Food Court by the waffle stand. Everyone welcome!

March 8, 2017 - Nine Actions to Increase Legacy Gifts
Featuring Gwen Chapman, Principal - DonorFocus 360

This session will be of particular interest to Board Members, Charity CEOs, and Fundraising, Gift Planning and Donor Stewardship staff as well as other charity leaders.

Whether you have an established planned giving program or are starting a program, implementing these nine practical actions will have an immediate impact on your ability to increase the number and value of legacy gifts.

Includes hot served lunch and networking.
Where: Union Club of BC
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm (Registration 11:40)
CAGP Members $25 | Non-Members $35

March 9, 2017 - Member Networking Session: "Group Therapy" - Support Network and Sounding Board

Network, share and learn from others while enjoying an after work beverage together. Join your colleagues to discuss trends, tips and tools currently shaping the fundraising profession. Need an opinion from someone who understands what it's like to be a professional fundraiser? This is your opportunity to bounce ideas and/or situations with a group of people who have been there! Topics are open to whatever you want to discuss.

Where: Penny Farthing
Date: March 9, 2017
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Free to Members

March 23, 2017 - Lunch & Learn - Donor Relations - It's All About the Story

Donor Relations: Choosing, Crafting and Sharing Stories Strategically to Raise Funds.
While all fundraising organizations have stories to tell, what's often missing is the knowledge of how to choose, craft and share stories strategically to educate prospects and donors about the mission of your organization and clearly articulate the crucial role they can play in your organization's ongoing 'story of success.'

Join fundraising and communications industry experts Norma Cameron and Sarah Tarnopolsky as they discuss the process from start to finish. Lunch is included.

Where: University of Victoria
Date March 23, 2017
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Members $65 | Non-members $80

April 8 - 9, 2017 - Fundamentals of Fundraising

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This 16-hour program includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques.
This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques and program components for individuals with 0 to 4 years of fundraising experience. Full participation in the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is applicable for 16.0 points of CFRE Credits.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 17th

Where: University of Victoria
Date: April 8-9, 2017 Two-day course
Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Members $390 I Non-member $490

Government Relations Update


Charities and Government: Modernizing the Relationship

On February 8th, Leah Eustace, ACFRE, Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, was invited to join the liberal senate forum to discuss issues faced by the charitable, non-profit, and social enterprise sectors in Canada. Despite the important contributions that charities provide to society, charitable giving has hit a ten year low.

The topic, Charities and Government: Modernizing the Relationship, explores what role the Government of Canada can play in facilitating the continued significance and growth of organizations that provide a fundamental socially minded role in Canadian society.
The presentation provides insight from a well-informed panel and creates an opportunity for further discussion. It is important to also note that on behalf of Canadian fundraising professionals, Leah presented AFP-Canada's key Government Relations position statements (51.21 - 57.33).

Job Postings  
United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island seeks a talented, experienced resource development professional to lead the fundraising team as Director of Development.

We are seeking a new Vice President, Development for BC & Yukon to lead our provincial fundraising efforts from individuals, foundations, and corporations to achieve the highest priority needs of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Pacific Opera Victoria is seeking an energetic individual to be part of a small, high-performance, collaborative team. The Development Coordinator will report to the Development Manager and provide administrative and organizational support for fundraising strategies that include annual, legacy and major gift campaigns, fundraising and stewardship...

Donor Engagement Coordinator - Sierra Club of BC 

As Donor Engagement Coordinator, you are a highly-motivated, demonstrably experienced, results-oriented professional who works in a development team to sustain the financial stability and growth of Sierra Club BC. 

Manager, Fundraising and Development - JDRF

If you are looking to make a real difference in the lives of more than 300,000 Canadians, then we are the Organization for you! As an employee of JDRF, you will join a global leader in the search for an end to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). At JDRF, we realize that a cure is not just a destination but also a journey along a path. 

Volunteer Opportunity
The James Bay Community Project(JBCP) is searching for candidates to run for positions on their board in June 2017. James Bay Community Project is a non-profit community organization helping seniors, youth and families by providing counselling services, community support and volunteer services. JBCP has several tenants providing services to the community: the Victoria Health Co-operative, LifeLabs, HerWay Home and other independent providers of health services.
We are looking for creative and motivated individuals for its board. Fundraising experience is an asset.
We have limited seats available, so if you are interested in running for a board position, please contact our Nominations Chair Onkar:

One Net Nights
  "Give us your tech, marketing or design problem for a night-so you can get back to making the world a better place."

Here's How it Works:

One Net Nights is a roundtable session that happens four times a year. A team from One Net helps non-profit organizations analyze and plan solutions for issues that are holding them back from reaching their full potential, while food and refreshments are enjoyed by all.

 We can help solve problems like:
  • How can I connect a donation button to my website?
  • How do I research and target our donors and volunteers?
  • How do I create targeted ads and boosted posts on Facebook?
  • How can I track clicks on our website?
  • How can I improve the chance of my organization coming up in Google search?
  • How do I hire a designer to make me a great website, and stay on budget?
  • How do I use a mass emailing tool, such as MailChimp or Constant Contact?
  • How much information on our website is too much or too little?
For complete details click here.

Resources for Members   

Consultant Spotlight

Did you know that AFP Vancouver Island has a Directory of Consultants? We'd like to introduce you to one:

Dree Thomson-Diamond, ACFRE, CFRE
      Experienced, resourceful, results focused...

DTD Consulting specializes in transformative capacity building - positive change and growth for charities. An experienced researcher and facilitator, Dree provides guidance and expertise, helping establish new organizations, enhancing board and staff relations, crafting and implementing strategic and operational plans, as well as revitalizing, restructuring and establishing new fund development programs and campaigns. She provides organizational audits and feasibility studies, creates effective major and planned giving programs, and works with clientele to streamline operations. Dree is a successful recruiter of key staff and leadership volunteers.

"Dree is highly respected and much sought after as a consultant, speaker and mentor. She has a remarkable ability to look at a situation, evaluate all sides and make the best, (and sometimes toughest) recommendations. She is trusted, admired, effective and compassionate." 

         - Emmy Stuebing, BA, CFRE, Director of Advancement & Alumni Engagement, Camosun College

"It has been a pleasure working with Dree for the past five years - I consider her to be one of my professional partners. She has done an excellent job representing the best interests of our organization, while ensuring I get the support I need to fulfill my role within Island Prostate Centre. Dree has played a valuable role in restructuring all of our fund development activities to run much more efficiently and has worked closely with our Board to ensure we follow our strategic goals. She is a true talent and a true professional." 

          - Leanne Kopp, CFRE, Executive Director, Island Prostate Centre

DTD Consulting

Dree Thomson-Diamond
3205 Exeter Road
Victoria, BC, V8R6H7
T: 778.678.1774

Looking for a consultant or service to improve your fundraising bottom line? The AFP Vancouver Island Consultants Directory contains listings of consultants and organizations that provide products and services to the fundraising and non-profit community.
Browse the directory here.

AFP Ready Reference Series

These super handy PDF booklets are available to all our members when you log into the main site - they are all available now for a FREE download instead of purchasing, a total savings of $108!

Booklet Topics include: Developing Fundraising Policies and Procedures, Getting Ready for a Capital Campaign, Bringing a Development Director on Board and many more!

Click here to download.

Online Webinars

Did you know that AFP Vancouver Island offers a library of online webinars available to our members to view free, from their own computers at any time?  Have a look at our current list of webinars. More webinars will be added to our library over the next few months.

AFP VI Library

Did you know that we have a number of fundraising books available to take out through the Camosun College Library?  Over the years, AFP Vancouver Island has purchased a number of books and made them available to our members. 

New at the AFP Library
Title : Empowerment dialogue : a new approach to fundraising
Author: Ramsay, Ken, 1946-
Call number : HV 41.5 R34 2016
Publisher: Toronto : Civil Sector Press, 2016.

AFP would like to thank the Camosun College Library for their wonderful work at organizing these books and systems for us!
Click here to see the titles available and the process for borrowing.


Association of Fundraising Professionals
Vancouver Island Chapter

AFP Vancouver Island Chapter, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.


The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include networking, educating, training, mentoring, and celebrating an attitude of giving.


Become a member today!