2021 August - Newsletter

August 2021

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

Blessed… is how I feel as I look out the window as I write this little note. I love living in the Maritimes in the summer. I was thrilled to visit New Brunswick twice, Prince Edward Island once, and packing the car for a few road trips, glorious!

I hope you have found a way to take some time off and relax this summer. I took the month of July off and returned to work happier than I have been in a very long time. While travelling around the Maritimes I also studied for, and passed, the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy designation. I learned so much about how Financial Advisors think and now have the insider’s playbook on how to speak to them about how they can help and encourage their clients on their road to philanthropy. So cool! I know studying may not be everyone’s idea of fun for their vacation; however, I hope that you found something that “fills you up” this summer.

September is fast approaching (like you need a reminder) and our AFP Nova Scotia Board will have its first fall meeting. In the last newsletter, I asked if you might consider joining the Board. Volunteers are always welcomed and please make contact if you think this is something that might interest you: alumni@kes.ns.ca. Also, our chapter is offering a free AFP membership. This scholarship is open to applicants who are new or renewing AFP members and who self-identify as a member of an equity-seeking group. Please pass this message to anyone you think may wish to apply. Application details can be found below in the message from our IDEA Committee.

Have a great finish to August,

Heather Strickey

President, AFP Nova Scotia


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

Canadian National Scholarship Program

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada offers Canadian fundraising professionals working for charitable and non-profit organizations the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising.

Financial scholarships, up to a maximum of $1000, are being offered to cover registration and travel costs for educational programs at the local, national and/or international level.

Deadline to apply is September 15th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. AST

August is Black Philanthropy Month

This August is the 10th anniversary of Black Philanthropy Month and we invite you to join in on conversations to #MakeEquityReal. There are many great webinars, articles, and other resources available throughout the month of August. Here are a few great places to start:

AFP Nova Scotia IDEA Bursary now open.

Apply Now for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nova Scotia Chapter Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Membership Bursary. The IDEA Committee is awarding a one-year membership bursary valued at $380.

Deadline to apply is September 7th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

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. And we offer many different scholarships to assist you financially.

Many volunteer opportunities are available. Our Maritime Fundraising Conference Co-Chair, Vanessa Burns, would be pleased to hear from you.

AFP Member Exclusive! $40 Credit towards Online Learning Opportunities

If you are planning to view AFP Global webinars this year, register before September 30th to take advantage of this discount, including one of this year’s premium webinars (26 in 2021!) Discount can also be used for one of the dozens of past conference recordings, archived recordings, or anything else in available in our online learning platform.

Visit https://afpglobal.org/online-learning for a listing of upcoming and past online offerings.

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
  • IDEA Committee
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Do you want to help the future of Fundraising in Atlantic Canada?

Join the Mentorship Program as a Mentor or Mentee and help build your development skills, or help build the skills of emerging leaders in the industry.

AFP & CAGP Nova Scotia’s Mentorship Program is seeking a Junior professional in events, or communications & marketing to be a Mentee. Could it be you? We have a mentor with experience in fundraising events, communications, marketing, direct mail, social media, website, design vision and more, who is available to lend their help to a junior mentee. If you are a junior fundraiser, or know one, who might like mentorship in these areas, please reach out!

For more information, please contact Whitney Machin or Siobhan Doherty.

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.

Nominations for the 2022 AFP Canada Board of Directors Now Open

As an AFP member, 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.

Please contact Daphne Carter to learn more.

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) contributions are 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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Fund Development Manager

Dartmouth, NS

Chief Executive Officer

Halifax, NS

Direct Marketing & Engagement Officer

Halifax, NS

Community Inspiration Officer

Halifax, NS

Director of Development

Halifax, NS

Consultant, Philanthropy

Toronto, ON

Senior Development Officer, Campaign

Halifax, NS

Development Officer

Halifax, NS

Senior Communications Officer, Campaign

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

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