2021 May - Newsletter

May 2021

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Dear Fellow AFP Members and Not-for-Profit Colleagues,

This will be my last newsletter message as President of AFP Nova Scotia. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our Chapter’s incoming President, Heather Strickey. She and the rest of the AFPNS Board will be officially voted in at our AGM on June 8th. Fortunately, I’ll still be working with this fabulous group of humans for another year as Past-President.

Our Members and volunteers that are the heart and soul of AFP. Our Membership numbers are steadily coming back to pre-COVID levels, locally and globally. We are grateful to you and our sector leaders for recognizing the value AFP provides. Membership has been especially important to stay connected with colleagues and friends as a community during this monumental time of social upheaval.

I am grateful and humbled to have been a part of such an amazing group of volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in our sector, our communities, and our profession. My deepest and heartfelt thanks to our Board and committees.

Let’s gather together on June 8 and 9 to share, learn, make new friends and new memories at the Maritime Fundraising Conference. Please say “Hey, how’s it going?” in the Chat feature or at one of the Group Networking Sessions. I encourage you to introduce yourself to Heather, our other Board Members & volunteers, and the other Conference delegates.

I hope to see you soon. Until then, take good care.

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Daphne Carter

Outgoing President, AFP Nova Scotia

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A Message from Global Philanthropic Canada, #MFC2021 Presenting Sponsor

The New Way Forward. What does that mean for fundraisers?

No question we are living in extraordinary times. And the very essence of the non-profit sector has undergone powerful and likely long-lasting change. So how do we use those changes to our advantage?

Firstly, it’s the responsibility of fundraisers and non-profit leadership to pivot our approach to fundraising and to connecting with the donors for whom we can create lasting impact. That means harnessing technology and other methods, in new and creative ways, to stay connected when physical distancing is still an everyday restriction.

Next, the new way forward includes being on the lookout for opportunities presenting themselves through this pandemic and ensuring your leadership is made aware of such opportunities. Now is NOT the time to pump the brakes on your fundraising efforts. Rather, it’s the time to gather momentum and lay the groundwork for a brighter future. That includes developing a realistic and comprehensive fundraising plan you can implement successfully. 

Finally, the new way forward includes being brave, being bold and being prepared. Giving is greatest when the need is highest, and now is that time. Help your donors demonstrate their compassion and support by giving them opportunity to support your mission. Don’t assume donors don’t want to give now. Our responsibility as fundraisers is to bring life to opportunities which show our donors we’re prepared for the new way forward. 

We are proud to present the Maritime Fundraising Conference in partnership with AFP Nova Scotia. We hope you come away with lots of great ideas to expand and leverage your new way forward.  

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The 2021 Maritime Fundraising Conference is proudly presented with the support of Global Philanthropic Canada Inc.

Global Philanthropic’s President and CEO, Guy Mallabone, is an internationally recognized NFP sector leader. He will give the opening plenary on Day 1 of the Maritime Fundraising Conference. To register or to see you list of speakers and sessions, visit our #MFC2021 Pheedloop Platform.

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Earn Up to 18 CFRE Education Points

The Maritime Fundraising Conference has up to 18 education points available toward your CFRE designation! Don’t worry, you won’t need Hermione’s Time-Turner necklace. We are recording the sessions! There will be two tracks to select from. Attend the workshop of your choice and watch others at a time of your choosing. 


2021 Fraser Green Scholarships

AFP Nova Scotia is pleased to partner with our keynote speaker, Fraser Green, Chief Strategist at GoodWorks, to offer registration scholarships to the 2021 Maritime Fundraiser Conference. Our common goal is to assist those who might not otherwise be able to attend through financial pressures or other barriers, including supporting racialized, marginalized, and other underserved communities.

Conference attendees experience inspiring education sessions, learn new skills, increase confidence in their work, and grow their networks, bringing skills and knowledge back to the organizations and communities they support. We are stronger together.

You do not have to be currently employed, in the non-profit sector or otherwise, or be a Member of AFP to apply. Deadline for submission: Wed, June 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


CFRE is a proud sponsor of MFC 2021


Special offer for June – 20% off!

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A Panel on Racial Equity in Philanthropy - Funding for Black Communities 

Since sharing this session highlight last month, two new speakers have joined the pannel: Djaka Blais-Amare and Joseph Smith.

Join this incredibly skilled panel as they discuss the meaningful steps that must be taken to tackle systemic racism in the fundraising and charitable sector and how we can play a role in funding Black communities, and Black-led organizations.  

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Telling the Perfect Story in 7 Simple Steps

Join Fraser Green as he shares the 7 key ingredients that transform a story from being just good to truly great. 

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Congratulations to the MFC CanadaHelps Bursary Recipients 

In partnership with CanadaHelps, AFP Nova Scotia is proud to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to professional development in the field of fundraising by providing financial support to waive the registration fee for the Maritime Fundraising Conference (MFC) for those who might not otherwise be able to attend.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Melissa Patterson
  • Stacey Chapman
  • Smitha Acharya
  • Tim Dunlop
  • Sarah White
  • Danielle McCarthy
  • Mike Francis
  • Habiba Cooper Diallo
  • Andrea Mathis
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AFP Nova Scotia 2021 Annual General Meeting and Professional Awards

Celebrate excellence in our sector with the AFP Nova Scotia Professional Awards Ceremony. We have a fabulous list of deserving nominees this year! Tune in to hear the winners announced in each of the five categories.

The Awards Ceremony takes place on June 8th from 11:00 – 11:25, followed by our Annual General Meeting from 11:30 – 11:45.

Please visit our website for the AFP Nova Scotia Slate of Directors for 2021-2022.

Thanks to our nominators, presenters, volunteer organizing and nomination committees, and our supporting sponsor, Fundmetric.

This event is outside the Pheedloop platform and separate registration is required. 


Charity Village is a proud sponsor of MFC 2021

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AFP Newfoundland and Labrador is Hosting Fundraising Day 2021

On Wednesday, May 26, join AFP-NL for Fundraising Day 2021.

If the past year has taught us anything, it is that change is inevitable. While change can be challenging, it can also be filled with opportunity. We are embracing change and taking Fundraising Day to bring you some dynamic presenters like Gail Perry with her Fired-Up Fundraising approach, and Jen Love, who inhales an attitude of gratitude and exhales #donorlove.

$75 for AFP Members

$90 for Non Members

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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!

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Is AFP Membership on Your Radar?

Would you like your team to be more connected to our sector? Join AFP and become part of an international organization of development professionals.

Did you know new Members can receive a special MFC discount of $50 off membership? And as a Member of AFP, you receive all the great benefits of Membership, including the Member rates at any of our monthly education session and the Maritime Fundraising Conference, as well as any of CAPG Nova Scotia’s events! 

Ben Trenaman, Chair of Membership, welcomes your questions.

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Volunteer Opportunites

Looking to connect with others in the sector, expand your network, and gain some new experiences? AFP Nova Scotia has a wide range of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer with the upcoming Maritime Fundraising Conference here.

Or contact Daphne Carter for more opportunities.  

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Philanthropy Officer

Dartmouth, NS

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Gift Processor

Charlottetown, PE


National Vice-President, Development

Anywhere in Canada

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Manager, Donor Impact & Stewardship

Anywhere in Canada

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Gift Planning Officer

Halifax, NS

Visit our website for a full listing of current postings

or to share your own opening.

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The AFP Nova Scotia Chapter is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.) in all chapter activities.


Use #AFPLove on social media to share inspirational stories, insightful ideas, or even just what you're doing to help your community!

AFP in Canada -- Vision Statement

To stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practice.

AFP in Canada -- Mission Statement

The Association of Fundraising Professionals empowers individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. 


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