2021 July - Newsletter

July 2021

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

With a healthy dose of trepidation, I write my first note as the incoming President of AFP Nova Scotia. I want to wow you with my wit and impress you with my brilliant writing. Okay, this is a bit of a “stretch goal.” As I ponder what I should write, I keep returning to the vision, mission, and guiding principles of the AFP. Planning is under way for the next iteration of AFP’s strategic plan with the following major tenets:

1. Promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)

2. Provide relevant and high-quality fundraising education

3. Increase capacity and strengthen community

4. Champion ethical fundraising practices

My goal is to continue to embrace these tenets in spirit and in action. We are leading the sector in requiring salary disclosure through our chapter’s Career Centre, promoting professional development through a wide range of educational sessions and events such as our recent Maritime Fundraising Conference, and encouraging our members to study for, and write the CFRE exam. But we have more work to do. Led by Tracey Comeau, our IDEA Committee strives to advocate for diversity and inclusion and welcomes the opportunity for AFP Nova Scotia members from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and the access-challenged communities to serve on our board and volunteer on our committees. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to me: alumni@kes.ns.ca.

I begin my term on the heels of a very successful Maritime Fundraising Conference and I would like to give a shout-out and thanks to co-chairs Vanessa Burns and Alison Clements, and their team of dedicated volunteers. It was so well-managed, the speakers so articulate, and the meet-ups so fun that I have not heard one thing that attendees would have changed! Thank-you Alison and Vanessa for leading such an amazing team.

Our chapter is filled with dedicated professionals who fulfill AFP’s mission of empowering “individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy.” I would like to introduce your 2021-2022 Board of Directors who embody this mission. I am glad to have the support of Daphne Carter, who has shown admirable leadership and superstar qualities, as she moves to her new role as Past-President. I would also like to congratulate our dear friend and colleague Michelle Bohaychuk as she steps down after eight amazing years of service to chapter and the board. Michelle has been responsible (with her Co-Chair, Sarah B. MacDonald) in bringing amazing educational opportunities for our chapter and its members. Michelle, thank-you! You are a goddess.

This past year has not been easy, so I hope that you have a wonderful summer, and you have the opportunity to take “real” time off. I look forward to getting to know you and the members of our vibrant AFP Nova Scotia community as the year progresses.

Heather Strickey

President, AFP Nova Scotia


Our monthly professional development workshops will renew in September. Stay tuned for new and exciting opportunities!

Save the Date! National Philanthropy Day 2021

Circle your calendars with our tentative date of Monday, November 15, 2021 for our National Philanthropy Day luncheon, celebrating our sector and focusing on young professionals and the leadership gap.

More details coming soon.


Discrimination and Harassment in Fundraising: A Summary of Findings from the AFP & Ohio State University (OSU) Survey on Fundraising Workplace Climate

As part of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative (WII), the AFP worked with researchers from the Ohio State University (OSU) in 2020 to conduct a survey on the fundraising workplace climate. A random sample of AFP members were asked to share their views about their work and work environment to represent those of the broader AFP membership and fundraising profession. Starting in February 2021, the AFP began to release short reports on preliminary results from the survey. In this short webinar, OSU researchers Drs. Erynn Beaton and Megan LePere-Schloop highlight some of the most important findings on discrimination and harassment in fundraising from the reports.


Planning to commence soon for the 2022 Maritime Fundraising Conference.

Our “Plan A” is to convene an in-person event tentatively scheduled for the first week of June 2022. Managers, please budget accordingly. Development staff, please express your desire to add this event to your professional development plans for the coming year. Also, please know that besides ensuring excellent content, speakers, and networking, we always strive to make this event affordable. Work is under way to ensure we can offer many different scholarships to assist you financially. 

Our Maritime Fundraising Conference Co-Chair, Vanessa Burns, invites you to reach out and volunteer your time and talents to help make our next conference a continued success.


Volunteer Opportunities

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, including:

  • Education Committee
  • Maritime Fundraising Conference Committee
  • Various Board Portfolio Committees
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Congratulations to this year's AFP Nova Scotia Professional Award Winners!

There is so much incredible talent in our province, and this year’s winners are excellent examples. We reached out to each of them with three questions to help us get to know them better.

Fundraising Innovation Award

West Nova Fuels Curl for a Cause Organizing Committee

Partner of the Year

Mitch and Matt Benvie, Evolve Fitness

Above and Beyond

Liz Struijf-Mandishora

Professional Fundraiser

Kathleen A. Provost

Rising Star

Whitney MacLean

Our Heartfelt thanks to all those who made this event possible, including: our nominators, nominees, presenters, Awards Organizing Committee , Nominating Committee, and our Awards Supporting Sponsor, Fundmetric, for their many efforts and incredible support in making this event possible.


Member Spotlight

Nadine Haddad

Director of Philanthropy

Confederation Centre of the Arts

AFP member since 2021

"It is exciting to connect donors to a variety of options that meet their interests and to reflect on the impact of their donations."


AFP Nova Scotia and CAGP Nova Scotia are seeking a Senior-Level Mentor. Could it be you?

Senior fundraising professional (experienced Philanthropy Director or Senior Director preferred) with leadership experience to provide guidance in Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Donor Stewardship, and particularly major gifts to a mentee. This mentee is also seeking guidance on a fundraising career path. Particular interest in a mentor with experience in the arts fundraising world, and experience with both small and large organizations. For more information, please contact Whitney Machin or Siobhan Doherty.


Nominations for the 2022 AFP Canada Board of Directors Now Open

Do you have an interest in government relations, communications and advancing our profession at the national level? 

If so, we invite you to consider applying for the AFP Canada Board of Directors. Service on the board is a great way to get involved, be engaged and create meaningful change for our profession. It also offers you the opportunity to work with amazing leaders across our country.

If you are Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, or a member of the disability community, we actively seek your interest and warmly welcome your application.

The deadline for nominations is

Friday, September 10, at 11:59 p.m.


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, 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.


AFP Canada Every Member Campaign - Count Yourself In!

The AFP Canada Every Member Campaign (EMC) Spring Calling Program, provided by Stratcom, started the week of May 17th. 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.

Check out our new EMC website:

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Major Gifts Specialist

Bedford, NS


Digital Operations and Marketing Coordinator



Senior Development Executive

Antigonish, NS


Vice-President, Advancement

Toronto, ON


Chief Executive Officer

Halifax, NS

Visit our website for a full listing of current postings

or to share your own opening.


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

AFP Nova Scotia membership goes well beyond the Halifax area. In fact, 25% of our membership is outside the greater Halifax region, including seven members in neighbouring Prince Edward Island! As part of our Chapter’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) strategic initiative, we are ensuring all AFP-NS members are able to participate in Chapter activities through virtual access such as the Young Professionals Socials, Maritime Fundraising Conference, Monthly Workshops, and AFP Industry Professional Awards & Annual General Meeting. If you are experiencing a challenge in realizing the full potential to participate as a Member, please let us know. 

 Participation Opportunity! The IDEA Committee is seeking members to serve on the committee to advocate for practices that assure inclusion in our membership, leadership, and services that help to identify and meet the needs of our diverse membership, and foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in the AFP-NS Chapter. You do not have to be a Member of AFP to join a sub-committee. If you would like to learn about the role of an IDEA committee member, please send your expression of interest to our Chapter Administrator


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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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