Nominations will be accepted until May 30th, online only. All that is required is a nomination statement of 500 words or less in one of the following categories:  


Generosity of Spirit Award   

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer

Outstanding Philanthropic Service Award

Corporate Responsibility Award

Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (5-10 years old)

Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (11 - 18 years old)


The top three finalists in each category will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Reception on November 18th and in all media campaigns leading up to the event. Award winners winners will be announced at the National Philanthropy Day Reception on November 18th.   


For more information visit: 


Winner Spotlight:

Last Year's Winner of the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award -  


Presented by the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

Dr. Rebecca Grant



Dr. Rebecca Grant is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the University of Victoria Faculty of Business.  She is the author of numerous research articles, as well as two books.


Rebecca's early career included positions with Great West Life Assurance Co., the Government of Manitoba, and IBM Canada. In addition to the University of Victoria, Rebecca has taught at McGill University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of California at Irvine. She has also taught in executive programs at UVic and UCLA's Andersen School. Rebecca currently teaches e-commerce and management information systems in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. She consults in the areas of e-learning, information systems impact and e-business strategy.


Rebecca has been a campaign volunteer with the United Way of Greater Victoria since 2002: she served as UVic Campaign Chair in 2004 and Greater Victoria Campaign Chair in 2008, as well as holding various other Campaign Cabinet portfolios. She chaired the Board of the University Club and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and has been a member of the Telus Community Board. Rebecca is currently a Governor of the Chamber of Commerce, Workplace Leadership Chair of UWGV, and a volunteer with Ballet Victoria.

Upcoming Webinars 

6 Figure Fundraising: How to Create and Run Your First $100,00+ Major Gifts Campaign - June 12th

If you're like most people working with a small nonprofit, raising a big chunk of money for a special project, program, or piece of equipment can be a daunting challenge. You may be puzzled about where to start or how to do it. You're probably scratching your head over who to approach and how much to ask for. And you're probably wondering exactly what to say to get someone to make a large donation to your organization. Join us for this interactive session to learn exactly what to do to create and run your first really big fundraising campaign. You'll learn how to plan the campaign, the tools and materials you'll need, and how to find the best people to ask for a gift. You'll leave feeling hopeful and more confident about raising big money.   
At the conclusion of this session, participants will:
  • How to plan a 6-figure fundraising campaign, including creating a gift table
  • How to create a simple case for support that answers questions a donor might have about the project
  • How to identify "diamonds in the rough" (people who have already given to your organization but have the capacity to give much, much more)
  • How to build relationships on purpose without feeling manipulative, sleazy or slimy 

IMPORTANT:  Networking time will be offered at the conclusion of the webinar, from 11:30 - 12:00 pm.

Request for Interest - Deadline is May 16th!

We are surveying our membership to see what the level of interest there is within our chapter to offer a CFRE Review Course.  If there is enough interest, we are looking at organizing a possible course in late Fall 2014  and it would be facilitated over a weekend period.


Please note that In order for the CFRE Review Course to move forward, we require a minimum registration number of 12 participants.  The basic cost of the course is $390 for AFP members and $450 for non-members.


If you could reply to Monica Powell by May 16th with your interest, we can determine whether or not we would move forward in our planning.  When submitting your interest, we would be looking at this as an indication that if the course moves forward, you would be registering to participate.

Each month in 2014 we will be counting down the many benefits available to members of AFP.
Member Benefit #7: Social Events  

The Coffee Click was started as way to build relationships and networks amongst the local Vancouver Island AFP members and potential members.    

Barb Gilmore suggested trying an easy meeting time in a central location with good coffee. First thing in the morning with a cup of delicious coffee and not for too long.  We have tried  8-9am on the first Wednesday of every 2nd month and it has been really popular.  We discuss what we are doing about fundraising and fund development.  We get to know each other well enough to communicate between meetings and generally share our knowledge and experiences.  For busy people, this has been a real click!

The next Coffee Click is June 4th 8-9am. Contact Monica Powell for more details:


Barb Gilmore 


Barb Gilmore is currently the executive director of HeadWay, the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre here in Victoria. She came to the Society in January 2012 with several years experience of working in non-profit organizations in Ontario and Australia; always working amongst health & wellness promotion and appreciation of awareness & knowledge.


She holds a master's degree in public relations/corporate communications and a diploma in counselling and is qualified and experienced as a facilitator / trainer in mental health and applied suicide intervention skills training.


She moved here to Victoria in August 2012 to be closer to her son's family and enjoy grandparenthood.  


Barb's two favorite words are intention and appreciation!


Get to know Barb better at the next Coffee Click!

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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