2021 January - Newsletter

January 2021

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A Better 'Plan A' for Virtual Event Planning

Join Ashlee Livingstone, Founder of Our Forté Events, as she walks you through virtual events & the key must-haves to make them successful!

Date: January 28th, 12pm – 1pm

Cost: FREE for all AFP members


Decolonization Learning Journey

Watch webinar recordings of past sessions and register for upcoming webinars in this series from the Nova Community Sector Council – a learning journey with Mi’kmaw Elders and knowledge sharers.

These webinars aim to increase your awareness about local Indigenous communities, build capacity to support and mobilize the non-profit sector.


Volunteer for the 2021 Maritime Fundraising Conference (Virtual)

With the theme of “The New Way Forward”, the organizing committee is ramping up for our first 100% virtual MFC on June 7 and 8, 2021. Registration will open soon!

We are now seeking volunteers, signing up sponsors and presenters, and utilizing volunteer power (you!) to map out an engaging, inspiring, and motivational conference loaded with the latest in fundraising and plenty of networking opportunities. This is a great opportunity for you to discover learn more about the virtual events world.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form


Taking the Scary out of Legacy

Join CAGP NS and best-selling author Lyndsay Green as she leads you through the findings from her latest book, The Well-Lived Life: Live with Purpose and Be Remembered and the implications for leaving a legacy.


Date: January 28th, 12pm – 1pm

Cost: $15 AFP Member / $20 Non-Member/Guest


Train the Trainer: AFP Edmonton Offers Free Adult Learning Session

Join AFP Edmonton and master trainer, Dree Thomson-Diamond, ACFRE, in a two-day virtual Train-the-Trainer event.


Adult learning, leadership, and facilitation - these are all skills that are essential in our work and in our ability to present in-front of and work with groups. Yet, for many of us, teaching and facilitation, implementing learning through leadership, are concepts we learn about, but may not always have the opportunity to implement. This workshop encompasses both adult learning theory, leadership and facilitation learning as well as the opportunity to practice your instructional techniques in a supportive, informative learning environment.


Date: February 25th – 26th, 2021

Cost: FREE for all AFP members


Canadian Indigenous Culture Awareness Training

Join AFP Edmonton and Indigenous Leadership Development Institute for self-paced online learning focused on cultural awareness training. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help non-Indigenous Canadians work with Indigenous Canadians in ways that convey respect. 


Date: Self-Paced

Cost: $20.00 AFP Member / $35.00 Non-Member/Guest


Salary Range is Now Required for AFP Nova Scotia Job Postings

Many non-profit organizations find an enormous benefit in promoting their job vacancies through AFP Nova Scotia’s Job Board. It is an effective and efficient way to reach key stakeholder.

To advance our profession, we are following AFP Global’s lead in promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. Effective October 1, 2020, we now require our Job Board to include the salary range on all postings. Feedback from our Members so far indicates a positive response. 

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Reminder: A Note to Members Regarding AFP Membership Fees

Yearly dues will increase by 2%, or $5, for Professional memberships for a total of $365 which includes $80 for Nova Scotia chapter dues. Chapter dues come back to us to assist with education, professional development, bursaries, administrative costs, etc.


Membership Perk - Mentorship Program

Did you know that mentorship can help you accelerate your professional growth? A mentor can show you a clearer path with fewer obstacles, addressing the pragmatic side of fundraising.

"This is quite the match! I never would’ve imagined that you’d find a mentor with as many similar interests but I am so very grateful. I suppose this is the perk of working in the Maritime fundraising hub!" - Jill, Mentee

Become a mentor or mentee today! Email whitney.machin@mssociety.ca for more info!


AFP Canada’s Government Relations Committee Urges Action

The Government Relations Committee is encouraging AFP members across our country to write a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in support of critical stabilization funding for our sector. You can do this by visiting this link.

If your home and work covers two MPs, we encourage you to send two letters - one indicating your home postal code and another reflecting your workplace postal code.

Also check out:

  • AFP prepared an article in response to COVID-19 on the Government Relations front.
  • This is a copy of the letter that Imagine Canada submitted to the Prime Minister.

Upcoming: February is African Heritage Month

African Nova Scotian Affairs has identified this year’s 2021 African Heritage Month theme, Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act, recognizes the important legacy of people of African descent and the long-standing history in the development of Canada.

The theme brings focus and increased awareness of racialized issues of a community that has overcome great adversity for inclusion. It further calls on us to listen, learn, share and act to make society a better place. 


CUA 2021 Community Investment Program

Since it’s inception in 2015, this Program has evolved significantly in terms of funding. Credit Union Atlantic is offering $100,000 in funding to small businesses, community groups, and leaders across Nova Scotia in five grant categories: small business, sustainability, health and wellness, community, and new business. Eligibility criteria varies by category, but in general, the funding is designed to support small businesses and organizations who operate in Nova Scotia who are looking to strengthen their business, community, and the Nova Scotia economy.

CUA has asked us to share this information with our Members. Applications will be accepted until January 29 at 4:00pm.  


Halifax Public Libraries has added Grant Connect to their e-Library

Updated daily, Grant Connect is a fundraising research platform that will help you identify funding opportunities from thousands of foundations, corporations, and government programs. Grant Connect gives you the best leads so you can focus on writing the perfect grant application. 


Count Yourself In!

Thank you to everyone who donated to AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada this year as part of the Every Member Campaign (EMC).

Did you know that a percentage of your donation to the Foundation comes back to our Chapter? Your combined contributions ensures that 25% is returned to the Chapter!

Your support is providing educational opportunities and scholarships. In this way you are helping us make a difference in the causes we serve today and tomorrow.

Thank you in advance for your participation and for strengthening our profession and the communities we serve.

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