December 8, 2022

Dear Fundraiser

Last week my message to you was focused on giving; this week I’m more interested in the other “g” of the season – gratitude.
This issue of Charity eNews profiles a resource created by AFP Canada called Fundraising is Awesome! As we often discuss, working as a fundraiser in the nonprofit sector comes with a unique set of challenges. Yet, it is a career that allows you to connect to your core values while facilitating a critical part of the philanthropic process. Fundraisers are the link between people and the causes they care about. They help Canadians support their neighbours and their community. Thank you for all that you do and for the blood, sweat and tears you shed in the process.
And, for those at the helm of the more than 170,000 nonprofits and charities that make up Canada’s nonprofit sector; take a moment to read this week’s message from Sheree Allison. Half poem, half missive, it reminds us to take a moment to appreciate all who serve and support our cause(s). As Sheree says,
“…Imagine a world where you thank everyone
Acknowledgment is your claim to fame
Your supporters could be known and seen and heard
And you could stop playing the year-end game…”
Until next time,
Lisa MacDonald


PS. And one more good news story…the Government of Canada has announced this year’s recipients of Canada’s Volunteer Awards.
LEADERSHIP | Every Season of Giving Should End This Way
by Sheree Allison
Sheree Allison sends a heartfelt seasonal message that you will want to share with others!
RESOURCE | Fundraising is Awesome! 
by AFP Canada
The future of fundraising rests with the next generation of leaders and agents of social change. Perhaps that’s you! Your talents, background and skills may be exactly what is needed to tackle society’s greatest challenges.
Children's Book by Teresa Vasilopoulos

A great holiday gift
for the little ones!!
Growing a Generous Church by Lori Guenther Reesor
Fundraising and
Board Management Classics by
Jerold Panas
Jeff Brooks
Andy Robinson
Harvey McKinnon
and more...
WRITING FOR FUNDRAISERS | It’s Time to Take Your Final Steps
by Fraser Green
How to use a 7-Step approach to make your philanthropic storytelling more effective.
HUMAN RESOURCES | Canada Summer Jobs 2023: Application period for employers has started
Not-for-profit employers can receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage.
Land Acknowledgement
The land where we live and work is the traditional territory of many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples from across Turtle Island, and is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibway and allied nations, including the Mississaugas, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, and the Wendat peoples to peaceably share and care for the lands around the Great Lakes.