NPD Nominations Closing Soon!

National Philanthropy Day Nominations will be accepted until May 30th via online application.
We are once again accepting Nominations for the following six categories:
Generosity of Spirit Award
Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Philanthropic Service Club Award
Corporate Responsibility Award
Youth in Philanthropy Award (ages 5-10)
Youth in Philanthropy Award (ages 11-17)
The top three finalists in each category will be officially announced in September and recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Reception on November 15th and in all media campaigns leading up to the event.  Award winners in each category will be announced at the event. 
This is a great way to honour someone from the community who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to philanthropy.
Nominating is easy! All that is required is a nomination statement of less than 500 words.  
For more information or to view the nomination criteria, please visit our webpage: 

National Philanthropy Day  
Where: The Fairmont Empress Hotel
When: Tuesday, November 15th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm 
What: Cocktail reception to honour the nominees and announce the winners in each of the six awards categories.   

AFP Vancouver Island - Board of Directors Nomination

We are approaching the time of year when we begin to focus on the development of our Board of Directors and Committee Members. This is an INVITATION for you to declare your interest in getting further involved with your chapter of AFP and having a direct impact of the quality of your professional association!
At our AGM on June 21st 2016, we will be announcing our new slate of board members and committee membership. This is the time now - before this Friday, May 13th, to declare your interest in participating either as a board member or a committee member.
We currently have the following board positions available:
  • Membership Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Every Member Campaign Chair
  • Directors (to be assigned to committees) 3 - 4 positions
What's the commitment?
In general, the board involvement is 8 - 10 meetings per year and involvement with a committee. Attendance at board meetings in person or via phone or conference is expected and we keep the meetings tight to one hour tops.
We also have several committees for you to serve on:
  • Communications
  • Education and Programming
  • Membership
  • National Philanthropy Day
It is a great way to build your connections, skills, and even obtain CFRE points. If you are interested in getting involved at the board level or a committee please email me at I look forward hearing from you!

Many thanks,
Sarah Black
AFP Vancouver Island Chapter

AFP Vancouver Island AGM with guest speaker Ross Marsh  

This June 21st, please attend the AFP Vancouver Island AGM, immediately followed by and education session presented by Ross Marsh: From Survive to Thrive - How Major Gifts and Capital Campaign can take you to a whole new level.

11:30 am - Lunch and Networking
12:00 pm - AGM
12:30 pm - Education Session, followed by Q & A

From Survive to Thrive - How Major Gifts and Capital Campaign can take you to a whole new level

Non-profits are obsessed with revenue generation; and so they should be. But too often the story is one of fighting a rearguard action to try to maintain government grants, or scrambling to meet budget by fundraising, or wondering about taking the leap into corporate sponsorship or social enterprise, or trying to figure out how to harness social media to generate revenues. Few non-profit organizations see double-digit percentage annual gains in revenue despite the fact that most can do it - IF they approach the whole area of revenue generation properly and wholistically.  For 26 years, Ross Marsh has been a consultant to non-profits seeking to generate new and/or increased revenues through fundraising, particularly via major gifts and capital campaigns. His presentation makes a very strong case for de-constructing much of the conventional thinking about fundraising and focussing on what ACTUALLY WORKS. This is a FORWARD-LOOKING presentation designed to help participants prepare for the revenue reality of the future in the non-profit world, and to help participants build pro-active and sustainable revenue generation programs for their organizations.


Upcoming Events
Monday, May 16 - Cause Marketing - What We Know & Why You Should Care

Monday, May 16
1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m. 
Young Entrepreneurs Society#107 - 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria BC 
Presenter: Dr. J. Brock Smith, UVic Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 
Definition of Cause Marketing: Type of marketing involving the cooperative efforts of a for-profit business and a not-for-profit organization for mutual benefit.

Proceeds support YES and HeadWay programs and services. Refreshments provided.  
Register Now

Wednesday, May 18 - Strategic Social Media

  Wednesday, May 18
9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Volunteer Victoria - 620 View Street #306, Victoria, BC

This workshop will provide you with a strategic communication framework for determining which social media outlets your organization must be present on, how to cultivate your online presence to reflect your organization's purpose and personality, and how to leverage your content across platforms.

 June 6 - AFP Live Webinar - How to Make a Successful Call on a Major Donor Prospect

 Monday, June 6
12:00p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Volunteer Victoria - 620 View Street #306, Victoria, BC

Major donors --  that's where the big gifts are.  But how to approach them? How to show up without seeming that you are all after their money?  How do you make conversation, explore their interest and see where they stand?  Join Gail Perry to discover how to handle this all-important moment in fundraising.  You've gotten in the door, now what?   Will you blow it, or will it be the first step in a long and happy relationship?  Join us to learn how to make the most of your big opportunity!

June 9 - Gift Planning Fundamentals- Hosted by the CAGP Vancouver Island Chapter   

Thursday, June 9
07:30a.m.- 5:00p.m. 
The Union Club of British Columnia, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC  

View the Agenda

If you are a fundraising professional, board member, Executive Director or Professional Advisor wishing to learn more about gift planning, starting a gift planning program or helping your donors/clients achieve their philanthropic goals, this course might be exactly what you're looking for.

 "A fantastic overview of planned giving, suitable for beginners and more seasoned fundraisers alike." - Andy Price, Tapestry Foundation

Wednesday, July 19 - Grant Writing - One Piece of the Funder Relationship

  Wednesday, July 19
9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Volunteer Victoria - 620 View Street #306, Victoria, BC

Writing grants is an art and a science. It's about creating understanding and building relationships in under 450 words. This workshop will provide you with tried-and-true tips to connecting with and choosing the right funder; and conceptualizing, drafting and delivering grant applications.  

Job Postings  
Fundraising Coordinator - Tides Canada

We are seeking to fill a new position (2.5 dys/wk) working closely with staff and our volunteer Fundraising Working Group to broaden our funding base and ensure the financial sustainability of the Inner Activist project. 

For more information on this opportunity
, click here!  

Development Officer, Special Events and Sponsorship - Victoria Conservatory of Music

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer, Special Events & Sponsorship is responsible for coordinating all VCM's special and fundraising events and developing and managing the VCM's Sponsorship program.

For more information about this opportunity, click here!

Executive Director - Headway, The Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre

Headway, the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre, is seeking a visionary leader to act as Executive Director for this charitable and service oriented non-profit organization.
The successful candidate will have:
  • quantifiable success in fund development
  • experience in balancing service and mission delivery with strong financial management

For more information about this opportunity, click here!

Resources for Members   

Consultants Directory
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. 

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!
        Thank you to our Chapter Sponsor