National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy -- and those people active in the philanthropic community -- to the enrichment of our world.

National Philanthropy Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible.

Volunteers needed:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help out at this event.  If you are interested please contact our event manager, Monica Powell at

Where: The Fairmont Empress Hotel

When: Tuesday, November 18th 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: Due to cancellations, a few tickets are available. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact our event manager, Monica Powell at  

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I would like to thank the applicants to the 2014 AFP Vancouver Island Chapter scholarship and bursary program for their excellent applications and for giving the Scholarship Committee the opportunity to learn more about the different professional development activities that our members are pursuing. We received so many outstanding applications that we wished we could have funded all the applicants!

On behalf of the AFP Vancouver Island Board, please join me in congratulating the following recipients of the 2014 AFP Vancouver Island Scholarships:


$995 Chamberlain Scholarship & John Saunders Scholarship - Britt Fetherstonhaugh

Britt is the Fundraising & Development Coordinator with Power To Be, an organization that delivers accessible outdoor recreation to Victoria and Vancouver families. Her interest in fundraising was sparked while grant writing for a small community association and has evolved through her time with Power To Be. More recently Britt began volunteering with AFP Vancouver Island on the program committee, which has engaged her more in the learning opportunities available. Britt looks forward to attending the 2015 International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore and sharing those learnings with our chapter


$390 Fundamentals in Fundraising Course Scholarship - Dana Loughlin

Dana Loughlin is the Development Coordinator of the Victoria Symphony.

Prior to working as a fundraiser in Victoria, Dana attended the University of British Columbia, where she obtained her Master's degree in Art History.

Originally from California, Dana has worked with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Arts Fund.  She received her BA, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She enjoys volunteering for other local art organizations and spending time outdoors.


$187.50 Professional Development Scholarship for assistance with the cost of the CFRE Review Course Fees - Paula Greene

Paula works as a Senior Development Officer for Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation where she has been since 2008. This is a second career for Paula who originally trained as a social worker and therapist in the UK specialising in working with vulnerable children and families. After emigrating to Canada in 2003 Paula found work with Cowichan Women Against Violence before her move to Mount St. Mary.

Paula is a past AFP VI board member and currently volunteers for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre as part of the sexual assault response team. When not working or volunteering she can be found training with the Sole Sisters running clinic. Paula lives in Victoria with her husband and her two daughters.


$450 Professional Development Scholarship for assistance with the Strategic Gift Planning Bootcamp for Major Gift Officers registration fees - Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell joined the foundation in 2003 to open the organization's first and only satellite office within the province to support the donors, volunteers and families that live on Vancouver Island and are inspired by and motivated to support BC Children's Hospital.  Her responsibilities include managing the Foundation's Island based fundraising and recognition programs with a primary focus on major and legacy giving programs. 

Jessica holds a diploma in Business Administration and Marketing from Camosun College and a certificate in Foundations of Effective Management and Leadership from the Justice Institute of BC.  She has served on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations including AFP Vancouver Island, the Camosun College Foundation and volunteers regularly for different youth engagement organizations.


$475 Professional Development Scholarship for assistance with AFP Congress registration fees - Barbara Newton

Barbara Newton is a former teacher who founded and operated a small business for many years. In 2010 she decided to sell her business because she was ready for a radical change in her working life. Since her teens she has occupied volunteer leadership roles in non-profits and has always appreciated the importance of non-profits to the social fabric. Barbara is now freelancing in non-profit development and events. In 2013-4 she was involved in events, administration and fundraising for the Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation which included the launch of the Sophie Pemberton Tea in August. Presently she is working on the first time MidLife Crisis Show for Better Than 50, a social purpose business, and is engaged part time as Director of Development with the Victoria READ Society to initiate a development program. She has completed the Fundamentals course, is involved with the AFP mentorship program, is reading voraciously and is very appreciative of this opportunity to attend the Toronto AFP Conference.


Once again, thank you so much to all of the scholarship applicants.

With kind regards,


Jennifer Sandmaier, CFRE

Scholarship Chair, AFP Vancouver Island Chapter

NPD Programming Session:

Don't miss the Perfect Pitch! On November 18th five AFP Vancouver Island Members will have five minutes each to present their case to some of Vancouver Island's most generous sponsors. In this mock sponsorship pitch, they will argue why the sponsors should invest in their cause. Each of these industry leading professionals will then decide how they will spend the $100,000 mock budget they have to allocate. The floor will then be open to delegates for an opportunity to ask any panel member questions, make comments or gain further details.




Tammie Wylie - Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre

Funding for the Childcare Centre


Tara Sudbury - Victoria Conservatory of Music

Music Programs in Pre-Schools and Early Childhood Centres


Peter Papagiannis - Our Place Society

Walk for Family event


Michelle Kocourek - Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Nanaimo Child Development Centre Telethon


Rhiannon Porcellato - Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre

Navigator website for families to access information including: how to connect with community-based resources, an up-to-date list of physicians accepting new patients, access to self-help tools to prepare for relocation or deployment, information regarding who to contact after a new healthcare diagnosis




Mel Cooper, Chair, TELUS Community Board

Meghan Lorentsen, Marketing & Events Coordinator - Island Farms

Vivian Chenard, Sponsorship Manager, Thrifty Foods

Zahra Rayani, Pharmacist, Heart Pharmacy

Jennifer Wong, Promotions Manager, CTV


Register for the session today in order to hear your peers receive real feedback from our sponsors and facilitator, Brent Barootes. 


Changes to Program Registration: Effective January 2015, the AFP Board of Directors will now ask that all members provide their active AFP Member ID's when registering for programming sessions online. Non-members are encouraged to participate at the non-member rate. There is great value in being a member of  AFP and these fees go directly to ensuring future opportunities to learn with and from our peers. You can find your AFP Member ID here. If you are not a member but are interested in becoming one,  you can do so here.


Please note that AFP VI does offer membership scholarships for qualified organizations.  Find out more here.



Membership Program


Did you know that AFP offers a mentorship program? 


The AFP Mentorship Program matches newer fundraisers with experienced mentors.  Now in its second year, the current session has 11 of these pairs, who meet for at least 2 hours a month to discuss this interesting  field in a one-on-one format.  


Intrigued? Watch for a more in-depth  program description and application process in next month's AFP Vancouver Island  newsletter.


Can't wait to learn more?   Contact Karen Frost  or Chris Geater


Partner Events


The Art and Science of Successful Collaborations


Leadership Vancouver Island in partnership with Leadership Victoria wants to equip you and your organization to harness the power of collaboration in action.


As a leader or aspiring leader, you recognize that strong, resourceful collaborations improve service delivery, broader market share and increase the scale of return on your investments - both financial and human.


These sessions held at Community Futures Cowichan office located at 135-3rd Street, Duncan are delivered over two days, Friday November 14 and 28, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  These sessions are separated by a learning period where leaders go back to their workplace, involve their colleagues and apply the skills and knowledge in an intentional, systematic way. Participants will generate practical insights and learn to harness the power of collaboration-in-action.  



I was really excited to represent our Chapter at the AFP Leadership Academy meetings this year from October 24-26th in Puerto Rico. Yes, it was a great location for a meeting, but I have to say it was also kind of cruel to host the meeting in a beautiful place and schedule meetings from9am - 7pm every day!  The AFP Leadership Academy purpose is to bring Chapter Presidents, President Elect and Past Presidents together to learn about the mechanics of how to run your chapter and how to connect with the "mother ship" of AFP International. It was really informative to me to meet the key players and also learn from other Chapter leaders from throughout North America.

One of the key takeaways for me is that our Chapter rocks! We are doing a lot of things really well and under the leadership of Carly this year we have been able to create robust committees that are high functioning and creating amazing programming, membership services, revenue and administration. So most of all I want to say a big THANK YOU to our committee chairs and the committee members for doing such great work on behalf of our chapter and in service to our members.

So this has me thinking about taking it to the next level in our Chapter. What does moving from Good to Great look like for our Chapter? I think this is an exciting time for us to ponder this question as a team and a community and ask ourselves the right questions to understand what being "Great" looks like for us, and most of all what would really serve you - the members - in a meaningful way to support you in your fundraising career.  We are open to ideas, feedback and your involvement to strengthen our Chapter and really become an outstanding example of AFP Leadership!

I also have an idea for us to aspire to. I couldn't help thinking about the opportunity for us to host the AFP Leadership Academy in the future and bring 400 fundraisers to Vancouver Island to see this beautiful part of Canada and our amazing hosting skills.  I am putting it out there for all of you to think about because we would have to work together to put in a bid to host this event. I am planting the seed with all of you today, and it will also help hold me accountable to following through with the idea. Let me know what you think!

Most of all, I left the Academy with a deep sense of what amazing and world changing work fundraisers do. You are all making the world a better place through philanthropy - be proud of your chosen profession and know that you are contributing to the world in a very special way.

Be Awesome!
Diane Lloyd
President Elect 

York University - Director of Major Gifts

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President (AVP), Development, the Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for leading and managing York University's fundraising efforts in Major Giving, including full operational and people management responsibilities for a decentralized team of 10 employees. For the complete job posting, click here.

TLC - Manager, Member and Donor Care

TLC The Land Conservancy of BC is a charitable, membership-based land trust working to protect British Columbia's special places. We are currently seeking an experienced manager to develop relationships with present and future members and donors. This includes creating fundraising strategies and materials, improving member and donor engagement, and managing customer service, correspondence, and TLC's database. For the complete job posting, click here.

HeadWay, Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre - Fund Development Coordinator 


Are you interested in fund development with a well established non-profit society? The Fund Development Coordinator supports the mission of HeadWay, the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre Society by assisting the Board and fund development committee in developing and implementing a strategic, integrated fund development plan to build and sustain fundraising efforts and donor support. Major gifts, annual appeals, planned giving; fundraising events and donor management are included.  We are looking for someone that has proven fund development experience and success, and has completed recognized tertiary credentials/certificates in fundraising.  CFRE designation is an asset.  This is a part-time term contract position. For the complete job posting, click here.

University of Victoria - Development Officer

Jointly reporting to the Director of Fund Development and to the Dean or unit head of an assigned portfolio, and adhering to national standards of ethical fundraising, the Development Officers work collaboratively to identify major gift and planned giving opportunities, develop and manage an assigned portfolio and raise major gifts in support of approved priorities first within their assigned faculty/unit(s) and secondly among faculties, projects or programs across the University.   For the complete job posting click
Each month in 2014 we will be counting down the many benefits available to members of AFP.
Member Benefit #2: AFP and CAGP Joint Holiday Social!


No matter what you 're celebrating at this time of year, come and spread the joy with other AFP and CAGP Vancouver Island fundraising colleagues.

Members and guests are invited to a joint holiday celebration between AFP and CAGP from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, December 2ndupstairs at the Sam McGee Room at the Bard and Banker, 1022 Government Street.  The cover charge is $10 to both AFP and CAGP members, and guests are welcome for a cover charge of $15.  Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Attendees who wish to participate are asked to bring a wrapped gift that costs $10 or less to put into a grab bag for a holiday gift exchange.  The gift should be something that a fundraiser can use.

Please register here by November 26th.



Dana Loughlin is the Development Coordinator of the Victoria Symphony.


Prior to working as a fundraiser in Victoria, Dana attended the University of British Columbia, where she obtained her Master's degree in Art History.


Originally from California, Dana has worked with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Arts Fund.  She received her BA, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


She enjoys volunteering for other local art organizations and spending time outdoors.  


New Members

We would like to welcome the following new members of AFP Vancouver Island:


Renn Bibeau - Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation

Julia Norman - Pearson College UWC

Sacha Sauve

Gillian Tidey - United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

Debbie Walsh - BC Cancer Foundation

Jessica Woolard - Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island 

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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