Where Schedule
Thursday, March 6, 2014  
11:30AM to 1:30PM PST
Victoria Marriott
Inner Harbour 
728 Humboldt Street 
Victoria, BC V8W 3Z5
11:30 am - Lunch and Networking

12:00 pm - AGM

12:20 pm - Education Session, Q&A


Speaker: Vivian Smith


Major gifts are often seen as the pinnacle of a fund development program. Is it only for large charities or can we all participate? Let's review the basics of a major gifts program and identify the steps we can take to be successful - small shop, large shop or in between.


The cost of the lunch, AGM and Education Session is $35.00 for members, $50.00 for non-members.


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Schedule for 2014

The 2014 slate of exciting educational opportunities has been finalized. A full list of the year's events is available on our website here.

On January 28th Vancouver Island fundraising professionals met at the Red Cross for the AFP webinar Inbound Marketing: the Latest Techniques to Attract More Donors, Volunteers and More. The session offered some great straight forward tips and tricks for driving traffic to websites. For organizations that don't have an online marketing professional on staff it was wonderful to hear all the small (and relatively easy) things small non profits can do to greatly increase their web presence. The presenter, Allan Pressel also offered an hour of website and social media analysis for ever attendee - definitely an offer worth taking him up on! 
The next AFP webinar, Firing Lousy Board Members - And Helping the Others Succeed is coming up on February 27th at the Victoria Foundation Boardroom. The webinar will begin at 10am and will be followed by a chance to network with other attendees and discuss the lessons learned. Hope to see you there!

By Diane Lloyd, Program Facilitator 


The good news is you still have time to apply for the 2014 Mentorship program as a Mentee or Mentor! 


On February 6th the 2013 Mentorship Program pairs came together to celebrate their year together and spent time reflecting on what they learned about fundraising, what they learned about themselves personally and acknowledging their partners. This was a powerful exercise and a wonderful opportunity to witness the connections, the diversity of learning and the uniqueness of each pair. As a facilitator of this process, I am in awe of the commitment from both Mentors and Mentees to this partnership, and to the profession of fundraising. We truly operate within a uniquely supportive sector and the volunteer commitment of our Mentors demonstrates this in spades.


Thank you to everyone who participated so actively in 2013 and I hope our Mentors will be back for 2014. Please send in your applications by February 21st, 2014 and we will "make our matches before the end of February. Our orientation event will take place before the AGM on Thursday, March 6th 2014. Details to follow, but mark your calendars now!



For more information about the Mentorship Program, or if you have any questions please contact Diane at or call her at 250-590-3682.


Each month in 2014 we will be featuring one of the many benefits available to members of AFP
Member Benefit #10:
AFP Vancouver Island 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. See the titles available and the process for borrowing here.

New book feature:

The Vigilant Fundraiser: 12 Steps to Fundraising Success


Here's a seemingly obvious

truth: You don't reinvent the wheel around the core activities of fundraising. Instead, what is important is to first understand what the wheel looks like and then to manage the process with vigilance.   


Through years of experience, George Stanois has identified 12 steps for an effective fundraising program. In

The Vigilant Fundraiser, George and a team of highly-skilled contributors share how you can look for opportunities within the 12 steps to set your organization apart from all the others who do what you do. Read more.

Children's Health Foundation Vancouver Island - Director of Development


The Director of Development of Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island reports to the President and CEO of the Foundation and is a member of the Foundation's executive team. The Director is responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that attracts philanthropic support for our organization's mission and strategic direction.  Click here for more details.

Closing date: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 4:30pm

CNIB BC & Yukon - Director of Development 

CNIB BC & Yukon is seeking a Director, Development to join our leadership team. The Director will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the Division in the planning, designing, implementing and evaluation of all Development activities. The Director will carry their own donor portfolio, lead a committed team of four, and strategically engage volunteers and program staff alike. Click here for details.

Closing date: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada and Mackenzie Investments are teaming up to offer Canadian non-profit professionals the opportunity to assist individuals, working on behalf of registered Canadian charitable and non-profit organizations, to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising.

Financial scholarships, up to a maximum of $1000, are being offered to cover registration and travel costs for educational programs at the local, national and/or international level.

Educational Programs that can be funded through the National Scholarship Program include, but are not limited to:

  • AFP CFRE Review Course
  • AFP Chapter Fundraising Workshops & Conferences 
  • AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
  • AFP International Conference
  • Other fundraising conferences/courses/tuition fees

The next scholarship deadline is March 14, 2014 at 5pm EST. Application forms are available here


Volunteer with the AFP Vancouver Island Chapter! We are currently looking for members of the following committees:
  • Every Member Campaign (Chair) 
  • Communications Committee
  • Chapter Development (Sponsorship) Committee  
  • Social/Networking Committee  

If you are interested in learning more about these committees and to learn more about the AFP VI Board of Directors, please contact Carly Milloy for more information.

Partner programs
Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Vancouver Island

The Canadian Association of Gift Planners is hosting its annual Leave a Legacy Awareness event on February 26, 2014, at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel with keynote speaker Amanda Lindhout.  The purpose of the event is to encourage and acknowledge the immense impact of philanthropy and the courage of altruistic people in our community and beyond.

Amanda Lindhout is an award winning humanitarian, former journalist, kidnap survivor, social activist, public speaker and writer.  She founded the Global Enrichment Foundation to empower, educate and provide aid in the very country where she lost her freedom. Amanda's trajectory as a woman of unique resilience, vision and action has made her an inspiring example of how one person can enact positive change on a worldwide scale. In 2012, the Women's Executive Network named Amanda one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.


Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Location: David Foster Foundation Theatre, Oak Bay Beach Hotel (175 Beach Drive, Victoria)

Time: 6:00 p.m.  to 9:30 p.m.  (6:00 p.m. is event start time, dinner at 6:30 p .m.)

Cost: $75 (includes a served three course dinner with wine), or $90 (includes three course dinner with wine and Amanda's book A House in the Sky - a $29.99 value), Tables of 10: $750, and Tables of 8: $600 (when you book a table all of your table guests will receive a copy of Amanda's book)

Registration: As this is a public event, space is limited.  Click here to Register online now.  


GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Charity Pledge Program - Apply Now for 2014!  

We invite you to join the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Charity Pledge Program for 2014, our 35th Anniversary. Every year we choose charities to partner with to provide a fundraising platform in  conjunction with the event. This year, we are opening up the program to charities, large and small across the country to participate in our program.


The deadlines for charity applications is February 28, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed and charities will be notified within 2 weeks of the deadline. Please review the following information package and complete the online application. Our goal is to encourage people to participate in any one of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon's four running events while raising funds for the official charity of their choice.

Lindsay Cerilli, B.A.H.   

Office Manager and Projects Assistant at World Fisheries Trust 

Lindsay moved to Victoria after obtaining a degree in Psychology and Sociology at Queen's University in 2003. She has been working for grassroots non-profit organizations ever since. Lindsay is the Office Manager, assists with projects, fundraising and all other aspects of World Fisheries Trust operations. She joined the board of AFP Vancouver Island in 2010 and now serves as Chair of the Communications Committee. Get in touch with her at

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!

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