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.


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: This event is sold out!  If you would like to be added to the waitlist please contact our event manager, Monica Powell at  


NPD Award Finalists

Each year, National Philanthropy Day recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in our community that are making a difference in the lives of others. By "changing the world with a giving heart" these local philanthropists have been named finalists for this year's National Philanthropy Day awards:

Generosity of Spirit Award

Andrew D. Beckerman, Ed Chwyl and Family


Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award

Mailman Family / Amanda Raleigh, Doug and Debra Vincent, Steve Clark


Outstanding Philanthropic Service Club Award

Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea, The Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live - Vancouver Island, The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary


Corporate Responsibility Award

Tru Value Foods, Country Grocer, Hillside Centre


Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 5-10

Owen Krigolson, SMS Junior School, Alyssia Macdonald


Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 11-18

Break the Cycle of Local Poverty, Jarod Waters, Edward Milne Community School's Leadership Class

AFP Double Programming Session:

How to Build a Sponsorship Proposal the Works (9:00 - 11:00 am)


This session will focus on how to take the knowledge you have about your organization or event and apply it to custom building proposals for sponsors that will sell. If you or your organization are tired of getting rejections or have a closing ratio of less than 75%, this is a must attend workshop. This workshop will provide a general learning and understanding of how to successfully deliver a much higher closing rate than you presently have. You will leave the workshop with new ideas, creative approaches and systems and formats to building custom proposals for prospects that will ensure a higher closing ratio for you and greater bottom line revenue success. The session will also review the past year in regards to sponsorship and clearly differentiate between sponsorship and philanthropy. We will also review the two top Canadian industry studies on what is changing in the sponsorship industry and what has remained the same and provide insight and direction for how to shape your organization going forward to generate incremental revenue through corporate sponsorship.

CFRE Credits: 2

The Perfect Pitch (1:00 - 3:00 pm)


Do you have a fabulous event or program that needs a sponsor?


How would you like the opportunity to pitch your sponsorship opportunity to a panel of real sponsorship professionals?

On November 18th, AFP Vancouver Island Chapter and the Partnership Group - Sponsorship Specialists™ are proud to present The Pitch Perfect, your chance to pitch your sponsorship opportunities to real industry professionals!


We will be selecting five AFP members to pitch their sponsorship opportunity to our panel of real sponsorship professionals. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea and explain why it would be the right investment for our sponsors. Each sponsor has a mock budget of $100,000 that they can spend. How they spend it is their decision, they may sponsor one organization, all or none!

Who is on our sponsor panel?

       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


If you are interested in being one of our five sponsorship "pitchers", please email Pam Prewett at with a brief outline of what you'd like to pitch.

CFRE Credits: 2



Member Session


Ethics Panel


As fundraisers we are all bound to find ourselves in ethically gray situations from time to time. During this panel discussion some of AFP Vancouver Island's most seasoned professionals will share their experiences walking the ethical line. Come and learn how they remained ethical even in the most complex situations.  


Bring your lunch, your questions, and some stories of your own!  


October 16th, 2014 from 12:00-1:00pm at the Victoria Foundation. 


Click here to register. 


Partner Events


Empowerment Dialogue Program Workshop


On October 22, CAGP's Vancouver Island RoundTable is pleased to offer a unique full-day "Empowerment Dialogue Workshop - the New Language of Fundraising" presented by Ken Ramsay.  Ken is one of the most experienced, well-known fundraising professionals in North America and the developer of the highly successful empowerment dialogue program for fundraisers.

"Empowerment dialogue provides fundraisers with a valuable tool to deeply engage donors through a series of specially crafted dialogues that empower them to make the right gifts for themselves and the organization."

 Benefits to Fundraiser:
  • Easily Engage Prospects
  • Have Proven Road Map
  • Increase Your Confidence
  • Secure Gift Commitments
  • Increase Career Potential
  • Enjoy Being a Fundraiser
For more information click here.
Cost: $175 for CAGP members, $290 non-members. 
To register, please contact Natasha Benn at or by phone 250-519-1743.

Greater Victoria Public Library - Development Assistant

GVPL is embarking on a development program and we would like to meet an enthusiastic and experienced fundraiser for a one-year term position to help develop and implement this new program. This is a part-time (21-hour per week) position with the potential of extra hours as needed.For the full 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 w
ork 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 here. 
Each month in 2014 we will be counting down the many benefits available to members of AFP.
Member Benefit #4: Networking Opportunities


As a member of AFP, you have access to many different networking opportunities. At social events, conferences, workshops, webinars and National Philanthropy Day, the opportunities to meet and make connections with other members and leaders in the field are endless!  


If you happen to misplace the business card of that interesting member that you met at one of these events, you can l
ogin here to search the member directory.


Jennifer Sandmaier 


Jennifer started her fundraising career ten years ago while working in the student calling program at the University of Calgary. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Economics and Geography and spending a summer term doing fund development for the Mustard Seed, Jennifer was hired full time at the University of Calgary to assist with the student calling program and to undertake alumni tracing activities. Eight years ago, Jennifer moved to Victoria and started working for the Annual Giving Office at the University of Victoria. In her current position at UVic, she oversees the Annual Giving Program and is responsible for raising gifts under $25,000.


In her spare time, Jennifer tries to stay active in her community and continues to develop her skills in non-profits. She is a Leadership Victoria alumna and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Public Administration. Last fall, Jennifer assumed the role of Scholarship Chair for the AFP Vancouver Island Chapter and recently passed her CFRE exam.


Jennifer is also an avid traveler. Jen and her husband, Mike, are planning new adventures as soon as their new son, Donovan (born August 3), gets a little older (and chubbier).  

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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