President's Report

Greetings AFP Members!

This is an exciting time for our chapter's evolution. We have achieved the 10 Star Gold status for chapter accomplishments as set out by AFP International, and on Friday October 2nd, your board of directors met to set out the strategic plan for our chapter. Together we mapped out our Vision, Mission, 3 year Strategic Goals, and our 1 year goals, along with a healthy conversation around what we expected from each other as board members and how we will work together. What was interesting was to get clear about what it is we want to accomplish as a chapter, and to make some strategic choices about what is possible. As a group of volunteers, I believe we set out some ambitious goals for our chapter, and at the same time we focused in on what we believe to be most important for a healthy, diverse and engaged membership.  We have some committees who could benefit from more involvement from our members, so if you have an interest in getting more involved, please let me know and I can connect you to the most appropriate committee chairperson and get you engaged in the success of our chapter! Look for a copy of the Strategic Plan to be released in the November newsletter.

A special congratulations to those of you who participated in the Fundamentals of Fundraising course October 3rd and 4th, and special thank you to Dree Diamond-Thompson for coordinating the course and our volunteer facilitators:

        Mandy Parker
        Cheryl Hebb
        Jennifer Jasechko
        Jane Bowers
        Marnie Hill
        Dree Thomson-Diamond

I know that some great learning came from that weekend and we are excited to meet all of the participants out in the field!

As always, please engage with us and let us know what you need and want from your membership with AFP!

Diane Lloyd 
AFP VI President
National Philanthropy Day Programming Session:
Narrative Philanthropy and Story Telling with Norma Cameron

Proudly presented by:
November 17th
Members: $40
Non members: $60

People have always told stories. For thousands of years, our ability to remember and share stories was crucial to survival.  Today, storytelling is being re-discovered as the most powerful way to engage and motivate individuals to take action - whether that's to buy products or services, join movements or support the non-profit sector.  And, research now provides the evidence to support this long-held belief.
The objective of this Narrative Philanthropy workshop for participants will be to:

* increase their understanding of the power of story

* introduce Narrative Philanthropy and its application to your Case for Support

* ignite their passion to gather, shape and share stories in a strategic fashion, and

* increase their level of comfort and confidence in telling stories when communicating with both internal and external audiences (across all mediums).

Register here!


Norma is owner and principal of The Narrative Company, formed in 2006 to help people and organizations understand and apply the power of story. Norma has over 25 years' experience in communications, fundraising, training, organizational development and narrative consulting.  She is also an engaging keynote speaker, facilitator and professional storyteller, who has led workshops and performed at conferences, concerts  and festivals across Canada and in the UK and USA.

In 2001 she returned to the UK to study storytelling at the University of Edinburgh's School of Scottish Studies, followed by a 3 month adventure of living with, and learning from professional storytellers in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. She has been a faculty member for the Canadian Association of Gift Planners since 2007, teaching their intensive 5-day Original Gift Planning course and their 3-day Strategic Gift Planning Bootcamp.  As a certified Guided Autobiography trainer she also helps individuals write and tell their life stories.  She is a volunteer on CAGP's Education Committee and represents CAGP on the International Advisory Council for CFRE. 
AFP Mentorship Program Update

As an AFP Vancouver Island member, you have likely heard some buzz around AFP Mentorship Program.

Are you curious at what happens between the start and finish dates of this program?   Currently, the Mentorship Program is mid-cycle, having started in March 2015 and ending in February 2016.    Just last week, a number of our ten pairs of Mentors and Mentees met for a casual mid-program gathering at The Drake to compare notes and enjoy another successful multiple 'speed mentoring'  which is always dynamic, a bit loud and good fun.    But for the rest of the year, the partnerships, who are paired after an application and review process, meet face-to-face (or by distance) on a bi-weekly or monthly basis to build their mentoring relationships independently.

You may be considering the mentorship program for next year.   Read below for some first-hand insights from Mentors and Mentees:

"The mentorship program has pressed a fast forward button on my professional development. The breadth of knowledge, experience, and candor that my mentor has brought to my understanding of fundraising is profound. Without the mentorship process, I cannot think of any other way I could have expanded my knowledge in so short a time."
Sushil Saini, Executive Director, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

"This is the first time I have taken part in a structured mentorship program, and it is a wonderful experience. I signed up so that I could give new fundraisers the same support I received when I entered the field many years ago. But I am finding it also gives me a chance to reflect on my own practice and get focused on the things that matter. Dana and the other mentees are inspiring! "
Marnie Hill, CFRE, Senior Manager, Legacy Giving, Western Canada, Canadian Red Cross

As a new fundraiser in a very small shop I have been so grateful for the AFP Mentorship program and for the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful fundraisers who are truly passionate about what they do.  It's a unique experience to be surrounded by such a supportive group of professionals who are so open and willing to share their knowledge and experiences, both positive and negative, so new fundraisers can learn from their mistakes and be encouraged by their successes.
Andrea Intven, Development Coordinator, Victoria Film Festival

"The AFP Vancouver Island Chapter's orchestrated mentoring program is an excellent opportunity for Fundraisers who are new to the profession (or new to their position) to meet with those who have more experience. For the Mentee, one-on-one conversations provide a safe haven to ask questions, and to verify thoughts, strategies and actions. As a Mentor, I find it refreshing to listen to alternative perspectives, and to sometimes share things that I take for granted because of my years of experience."  
Gwen Chapman, Principal - DonorFocus 360

For more information on the AFP Mentorship Program cycle, 
contact Karen Frost at  or Chris Geater 
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!

Camosun Library AFP collection now has a new title ready to borrow.

Start with why : how great leaders inspire everyone to take action [Pbk. ed.]
Author: Sinek, Simon.
Call number: HD 57.7 S549 2011
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Portfolio/Penguin, 2011.

Items can be picked up at their home library (Lansdowne or Interurban) or you may place a Hold via our online catalogue.
Please contact us if you require assistance.


Marion Davidson
Cataloguing Technician
Phone:  250-370-3616
Please Participate in a Survey on Diversity in the Fundraising Profession
At the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit, the number-one identified need was the lack of research about diversity in the fundraising profession.

Here's your chance to help your organization and the nonprofit sector.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is partnering with several other organizations (including CFRE International, African American Development Officers Network, Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the Grant Professionals Association) to launch the attached survey to establish a baseline of information on diversity in the fundraising profession.

Please take the time to answer this important survey for the fundraising profession.  The survey period will be open from October 1 -  15, 2015 .  Results will be shared with each organization and posted on the AFP website.  We estimate that the survey will take you about ten minutes to complete.

Take the survey now.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gusdorf, CAE, AFP Vice President of Membership and Chapter Services at .

Thank you so much for helping us take the first step in enhancing our knowledge about diversity in the fundraising profession.
AFP Morning Tea and Coffee Click - Wednesday November 4th

Come to our Morning Tea and Coffee Click!  Where ideas and people just......

Due to popularity these meetings are now being held on the first Wednesday of EVERY MONTH! 

Please join us the newly renovated Hillside Centre Food Court (close to the juice bar).  
Register below or just drop in!
This meetings topic is:  What are your favourite Fundraising resources  - websites, webinars, books, podcasts...etc?

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss local fundraising concerns, to network and meet people that will enrich our efforts and energy for fundraising and to bring new and potential Island AFP members together.

Register here.
Congratulations to AFP VI Member, Leanne Kopp!

Leanne Kopp, Executive Director of the Prostrate Centre, received her CFRE this month.
Congratulations, Leanne!
AFP Vancouver Island seeks Communications Volunteers!        
The AFP Board and the Communications Committee is looking for someone to help with social media, our monthly newsletter and other communications-related activities. You will work alongside with other committee members to help create monthly content to promote AFP and our members. This volunteer role requires a committement of 2-3 hours per month. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Peter Dunsmore-Papagiannis 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!