President's Report

Dear Members,

I hope you all enjoyed our beautiful summer and spent some time having fun in between doing great work! At the June AGM a new slate of volunteer board members were approved and I am excited to say that our first board meeting took place September 8th and we are all very excited about the year ahead and what we can create for our membership. It is also time for our chapter to revisit the three year strategic plan, and as such we are undertaking a Strategic Planning session as a board and committee members on Friday, October 2nd for a full day. This will be the time where we set the direction for the next 3 years for our chapter.
If you have ideas or input that you would like to inform our strategic plan then please send me or any of the board members an email and feed us your thoughts and ideas. The whole point of our existence is to serve our membership, so please let us know how best we can accomplish that goal!
I wish you well as you enter the busy season of giving this fall, and I hope to see you at National Philanthropy Day on November 17th! We sold out quickly last year, so use this as a cultivation opportunity with your donors and buy your table or tickets soon!

Diane Lloyd 
President, AFP Vancouver Island 

Meet your Board Members for 2015!



Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

We are pleased to announce that we have reached our minimum capacity to run the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course on  October 3rd and 4th in Victoria BC.

The deadline for registration has been extended to September 25th.
The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course was developed with a foundation from the Essentials of Fundraising Program and the First Course in Fundraising and is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges non-profit organizations face every day.
For complete course details click here.   
CFRE Credits: 16  
Members: $390
Non-Members: $490 
*Please note that payment is required at time of registration, and all fees are non-refundable.  
AFP Morning Tea & Coffee Click
Due to member enthusiasm this is now a monthly event!  
Next "Click" - Wednesday, October 7
Come Join Us for our Morning Tea and Coffee Click!  It's where ideas and people just......'click'!
Please join us in the newly renovated Hillside Centre Food Court (close to the juice bar).   
Our next meeting will be Wednesday October 7  from 8 - 9am.  
The purpose of these meetings is to discuss local fundraising concerns, to network and meet people that will enrich our efforts and energy for fundraising and to bring new and potential Island AFP members together.
This meetings topic is:  Creating a Culture of Philanthropy - beyond the buzzword. How are you helping our non-fundraising colleagues understand what we do.
Wednesday October 7, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM PDT
Hillside Centre Food Court

1644 Hillside Ave
Victoria, BC V8T 2C5

Register here! 
Live Webinar: Social Media and Ethics in Fundraising
October 14th
 Victoria Foundation Board Room 
10am followed by networking and discussion
You finally got your organization to start using social media on a regular basis. However, this openness of sharing online may have given you too much information and now puts you and your nonprofit in an ethical conundrum. What do you do? Through this interactive session, learn how simple tools like the AFP Code of Ethics and simple social media guidelines can help you steer clear of ethical situations on social media before they happen.
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
·           Audience will learn how to apply the AFP Code of Ethics to ethical scenarios.
·           Audience will learn how social media policies can guide them through sticky ethical situations.
·           Audience will learn about the AFP Social Media Guidelines created for members to use at their own agencies.
·           Audience will learn about online resources for ethical conundrums involving social media.
About the Presenters:
Dave Tinker, CFRE , is the Vice President of Advancement at ACHIEVA. He is an adjunct professor of Informatics at Muskingum University's Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology program. An AFP Master Trainer, he has spoken internationally on technology and fundraising. He is a past president of AFP WPA and received the AFP Western PA Chapter's Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 2013.
Lisa M. Chmiola, CFRE
 is the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas. She has presented several times locally, nationally and internationally on social media and was responsible for the AFP Houston chapter's social media site development. She is a certified AFP Master Trainer and an official member of the AFPeeps, a flock of volunteers dedicated to spreading the word about AFP and the International Conference on a variety of social media outlets. 
Corporate Giving - What's Next?

October 15th - Log in from your own computer
12 noon
Members only $10
Remember Rory Green, our A+ AGM keynote speaker? She is coming back to offer a webinar exclusively to our chapter: Corporate Giving - What's Next?
The corporate world is changing, and corporate giving is changing right along with it. Then-profit sector needs to be able to evolve past "Gold, Silver, Bronze" sponsorship to survive. Drawing from her experience in major and corporate giving in Vancouver, BC, Rory Green will look at how the landscape has changed - and how to engage in deeper, more meaningful corporate partnerships. By using real life case studies, Rory will give you the practical information you need to improve your corporate engagement efforts, and get ready for what's next.
Registration information coming soon! 
AFP Membership Scholarship

Do you know someone who would really benefit by being an AFP member? Or, know anyone who is thinking about joining the AFP Vancouver Island Chapter but has not committed yet?
If so, please encourage them to apply for the AFP Membership Scholarship . This scholarship will cover a year-long membership with AFP.
Applying is easy! Applicants need to fill out the application form  and send it to  j  by noon on October 1, 2015. We will notify the winner of the scholarship at the end of October.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Sandmaier, Scholarships Chair, at  

National Philanthropy Day 2015

Please join us for this year's National Philanthropy Day Celebration!  This is a wine and cheese reception to honour the nominees and announce the winners in each of the six awards categories, in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor of BC, Her Honour Judith Guichon.

The event will take place in the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, on  Tuesday, November 17th from  4:30 - 6:45 pm.
Congratulations to the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Award Finalists!
Generosity of Spirit Award 
sponsored by United Way Greater Victoria
Wendy Gedney
Rob Reid
Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award  
sponsored by Coast Capital Savings  
Brenda Jagdis
Mark and Danielle Marley
Tanya Smith
Philanthropic Service Club Award  
sponsored by Camosun College
Friends of the Library
Rotary Club of Sidney
Rotary Club of Victoria 
Corporate Responsibility Award
sponsored by the University of Victoria
BMO Financial Vancouver Island
Country Grocer
Modern Real Estate  
Youth in Philanthropy Award (ages 5-10)
 sponsored by the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

Campus View Elementary Green Team
Ecole Victor-Brodeur's Club des Joujoux
Lakehill Elementary School
Youth in Philanthropy Award (ages 11-17)
sponsored by TELUS

Caitlin Steves
Reynolds Secondary School
St. Margaret's School Grade 8 Class
To see our finalist bios please click here.  

Event Details
Where:  The Fairmont Empress Hotel
When:  Tuesday, November 17th  from  4:30 - 6:45 pm  
What:  Wine and cheese reception to honour the nominees and announce the winners in each of the six awards categories, in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor of BC, Her Honour Judith Guichon.
Tickets are $40 each or $375 for a table of 10.
To purchase your ticket please contact our event manager, Monica Powell at
Thank you to our Award Sponsors!

Member Spotlight


Jane McIntosh, Mercy Ships Canada


My name is Jane McIntosh, and I work in Donor Relations for Mercy Ships Canada. I first joined Mercy Ships as a volunteer crew member, serving on our ship the Africa Mercy for two years in West Africa.
Having seen firsthand the amazing transformational surgeries which are done on the ship, I wanted to get involved with the National office here in Victoria when I returned.

I love working with people and sharing my excitement for the work of Mercy Ships. When a donor realizes that their gift has completely changed the life of someone else, you sense the joy their gift has brought- not only to the patient in Africa but to the donor themselves herein Canada. A double win!

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!