Virtual Coffee Klatches

AFP Calgary presents Virtual Coffee Klatches

Join us.... it's free! except for your own cup of coffee


AFP Calgary presents... Vincent Duckworth: Principles, Philanthropy, and Pandemic. A morality play on a global stage


ME to WE.
Vaccine nationalism.
Pandemic politics.
Black Lives Matter.
Food Banks.
Money-to-burn vaccine factories.
The heart swells.

Join us as ViTreo Group’s CEO, Vincent Duckworth, CFRE, guides us through the millennium’s biggest morality play. No hand-sitting. No by-standing. If ethics hasn’t grabbed you by the throat yet, this session will. See you there.

Vincent E. Duckworth, BSc, CFRE
Partner, ViTreo Group Inc.

Vincent is internationally recognized as a leading expert on campaign design, strategy and major gift performance.

He is also Canada’s authority on philanthropic naming. His chapter on philanthropic naming can be found in the definitive Canadian fundraising reference: Excellence in Fundraising in Canada: Volume Two.

Vincent has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. He is the chief marketing officer and a founding partner of ViTreo Group Inc. He is also the host of ViTreo’s popular monthly podcast, Braintrust Philanthropy and he curates a widely read weekly recap of sector news.

AFP Calgary & Area Chapter presents this complimentary virtual Coffee Klatch in October, recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals around the world as Ethics Month. As October is also, of course, when Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter offers this complimentary virtual Coffee Klatch as our way of Giving Thanks to all fundraising staff across all of the communities we serve. 

May 11, 2020

AFP Calgary's special presentation by Andrea McManus, Partner, Vitreo Group Inc.
Governance in the Coronial Age

The recording of today's presentation can be viewed here.
Andrea's slide deck can be viewed here.
And the research report that Andrea referenced can be found here.

Andrea McManus is the Chair and Founding Partner of ViTreo Group, a Western Canada- based consultancy that specializes in working with charities and nonprofit organizations. Known for her passionate belief in philanthropy and the value of the nonprofit sector in society, Andrea’s work is firmly anchored in cultivating philanthropic literacy and strong governance through all levels of an organization.

Andrea was the first non American Chair of the international board of AFP in 2011-12. In 2004 she received the Canadian Business in the Arts Award for Innovative Partnership. She was recognized by the AFP Calgary Chapter as the 2007 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award and in 2012 received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the nonprofit sector in Canada. She has recently been appointed to the newly established Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector for the federal government. She is an AFP Master Teacher and contributing author to five books on nonprofit management, fundraising and global philanthropy.

May 6, 2020


In times of change: the non-profit shift from response to recovery, working in uncertainty,  and how we can approach the next phase

Mike Grogan is the Executive Director of IntegralOrg, a capacity building organization dedicated to supporting the governance and management needs of Alberta nonprofits. Mike has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years and is recognized for his ability to create effective and adaptive solutions to organizational and community issues. His skills and experience stem from a diverse background that encompasses building organizations from the ground up to developing leading-edge nonprofit collaborative, public policy, and capacity building initiatives and leading backcountry wilderness adventures.

April 8, 2020

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Chris Steeves, Senior Consultant with Global Philanthropic Canada
 discussed our changing work environment, tips for working remotely, technology to consider, and opportunities moving forward. 

Chris Steeves has over twelve years of professional fundraising and development experience working with both small and large fundraising teams. He understands the new challenges facing the charitable sector and is passionate about helping forward-thinking teams embrace new forms of relationship-building using data-driven insights and technologies.

Chris has led successful fundraising efforts as the Director of Advancement for the Halifax Grammar School and Dalhousie University. Recently, he served for five years as Vice President Development for Fundmetric, a technology firm focused on turning one-time donors into lifetime supporters using artificial intelligence.

He is passionate about making it easier for the charitable sector to embrace and adopt data science technology. Chris is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is the Past President of the AFP Nova Scotia Chapter. He was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award.

March 25, 2020

(Note that the recording was started a few minutes in, so the introductions were cut off)

As fundraisers, we are all watching with some concern around what impact “social distancing” and “self-isolating” will have on us and those we interact with on a daily basis during and after the Covid-19 pandemic and what this potentially means to our causes and our fundraising. 

Lorie Abernethy, MA, CFRE, AFP Calgary & Area Chapter’s Past President and Calgary’s 2019 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, will host the discussion with special guests Scott Decksheimer and Leah Eustace as we find creative new ways to maintain our social supports, connections and maybe even sense of sanity. 

Scott Decksheimer, President and CEO, Partner of ViTreo Group Inc has been a leader in the nonprofit field for more than 20 years. He has primarily supported organizations in transition by utilizing his skills in team development, major gifts, board governance, and capital campaigns. Scott loves a complex challenge and helps to deliver clear direction when needed most. In 2017, Scott was appointed to be the inaugural chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada, a new organization dedicated to growing and supporting the profession in Canada. He remains active at the local and international levels of AFP as well. Scott was honoured by the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter as the 2013 Outstanding Fundraising Professional in recognition of his career in fundraising and support of the profession.

Leah Eustace, CFRE, ACFRE, is President and Head Paddler at Blue Canoe Philanthropy, where she specializes in copywriting and storytelling. She’s also a member of The Case Writers, a small group of writers and designers who work with some of North America’s most impactful nonprofits. Her volunteer work is extensive: she’s Vice Chair of Professional Development on the AFP Global Board and sits on the ACFRE Credentialing Board. Leah is an AFP Master Trainer, a Stability Leader and is currently studying philanthropic psychology through the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.