We are proud to announce that AFP has been awarded the Ten Star Gold award AND the Friends of Diversity distinction! 

Ten Star Gold  
The Ten Star Gold Awards honour those AFP Chapters who have accomplished key objectives in serving their members over the previous year such as promoting ethical fundraising, developing member value, encouraging a community of inclusion, raising awareness of philanthropy and National Philanthropy Day and the people who make a difference in our communities. 

Friends of Diversity  
We are one of 61 chapters who received the Friends of Diversity Designation. The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the advancing diversity strategic goal. This designation encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase diversity and inclusion within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.

The Camosun College AFP library is giving away some of the books to AFP VI members to make room for some new ones. If you would like one of the books below, please email Angie Bowles at

The Commons - New Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action
by Roger A. Lohmann
The Fundraiser's Guide to the Internet by Michael Johnston
Critical Issues in Fundraising by Dwight F. Burlingame
Principles of Professional Fundraising - Useful Foundations for Successful Practice by Joseph R. Mixer
Successful Fundraising - A Complete Handbook for Volunteers & Professionals by Joan Flanagan
Give to Live - How Giving Can Change Your Life by Douglas M. Lawson,Ph.D.
It's A Great Day to Fundraise! by Tony Poderis
Virtuous Giving - Philanthropy, Voluntary Service & Caring by Mike W. Martin
Non-Profit Investment Policies - Practical Steps for Growing Charitable Funds by Robert P. Fry, Jr.
A Portrait of Canada's Charities - the Scope, Size & Financing of Registered Charities by David Sharpe

AFP Morning Tea and Coffee Click

Members are invited to take part in this fun and interesting event on the first Wednesday of every second month. Please join us on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00am in the Community Room at VanCity (3075 Douglas Street) for another great discussion and networking opportunity.

Member Sessions

Our first member session will take place on April 17th at the Victoria Foundation.  These sessions are brown bag lunches, where members have the opportunity to present to other members. 


At this first session, Jane Bowers and Sarah Black will share with us some of the knowledge that they took home from AFP's Congress 2013. Congress took place this past November in Toronto, with the theme of accelerating change. Now more than ever fundraisers are asked to succeed in a rapidly changing and complex environment. AFP Congress offered attendees tips and best practices to overcome these challenges. This is a great opportunity to hear about the highlights of one of AFP's most well received conferences! This is bring your own lunch event held at the Victoria Foundation.   



Annual General Meeting
A big thank you to the 66 AFP Vancouver Island members who came out to our AGM on March 6th--what a great day! Our AGM was held this year at the Marriott Hotel. On the business side of things, Diane Lloyd stepped into her role as acting president at the last minute and did a wonderful job running the show. 


We were very lucky to have Vivian Smith, CFRE present to us a very interactive session on major gifts. She gave a great introduction to strategically planning a major gifts program that was applicable to any organization, no matter the size. She asked the room to consider what a transformational gift looked like to our individual organizations and then to share that with someone we had never met. It was a great opportunity to meet someone new and hear about their work. It was also a great way to get us all looking internally at what a major gift could look like for us personally within our organizations.

Upcoming Webinars 
The next AFP webinar, The Shifting World of Business and Community is coming up on March 26th. Jocelyne Daw will present this webinar which will be held in the Victoria Foundation Boardroom. Learn about the shifting expectations of business, the need for outcomes and the innovative strategies and tactics that build meaningful partnerships, deliver tangible business and community results and inspire action among key stakeholders. 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 

On March 6th, 2014 we officially launched 11 pairs of Mentors and Mentees for the 2014 year. This is the second year of the program and we are very excited to have such a generous group of Mentors stepping up to support 11 Mentees, many of whom are new to fundraising and new to AFP. We look forward to hearing about the learning that will take place this year.  Karen Frost will now be transitioning into the role of Mentorship Chair for the remainder of this year. Applications for 2015 will be released in January 2015.


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 #9: Membership Directory
Did you know that as a member of AFP, you have access to the ENTIRE membership of AFP? It's true! That's over 30,000 people! As a member, you are able to network with new contacts, or find that colleague you've lost touch with. Login here to search the member directory.

James Bay Community Project - Fundraising and Communications Manager 

The James Bay Community Project (JBCP) is a health and social services agency with a mandate to build healthy, inclusive community in James Bay and beyond by operating and facilitating programs and services that support families, youth, seniors and other community members.


The goal of this position is to raise funds to support the work at the James Bay Community Project. A high energy fundraising and communications "generalist", the Fundraising & Communications Manager is experienced in annual giving/direct mail, planned giving and raising the profile of a non- profit organization. This position will have involvement in a variety of activities to engage donors, grow fundraising revenue and build on existing fundraising efforts.  


Eligible candidates are invited to submit a covering letter with their resume detailing their experience and qualifications by 4:00 p.m. April 2nd, 2014 to Executive Director Kaye Kennish at Click here for the full job posting.

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.

Reporting to the  Executive  Director,  BC &  Yukon  Division,  and  working  closely  with  the Vice President, Fund Development, the Director will lead our efforts to maximize support from the community by securing significant philanthropic commitments that meet the highest priority nee ds of CNIB. This role is an integral part of CNIB's direction to expand our opportunities for high -level donor engagement and further our major gifts opportunities, leveraging our strong brand, event relationships, and history.

Children's Health Foundation of 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.

In this key leadership role, the Director manages the constant renewal and implementation of a vibrant
and forward-looking fund development plan that encompasses all components - annual giving, planned
giving, major gifts and special events - and enhances donor development and donor relations. Building
on a solid record of $2.5 million raised annually, the Director of Development is responsible for a new
goal of raising $4 million each year.

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 Diane Lloyd for more information. 


Peter Dunsmore-Papagiannis, B.A.


Community and Development Coordinator - Habitat Acquisition Trust


Peter has been actively fundraising for the past five years, most recently with Habitat Acquisition Trust, growing their planned giving and major gifts programs. He is an active member of the Capital region, volunteering for various groups and helping others reach their goals. His first ever successful grant lead to life changing experiences for at-risk youth who benefited from the funding and subsequent program. He was instantly hooked into the world of development and continues to be inspired by the positive impacts various programs can have on the community. Peter enjoys hearing donors' stories of why they donate and how their passion has lead them to invest in local organizations. He will be joining Our Place Society as a development officer to continue to grow as a fundraising professional.


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.


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