Policy and Advocacy

The Government Relations Committee role is two-fold: educating our membership base regarding public policy issues that impact membership and advocating on behalf of our members and the sector, regarding public policy issues that have a regional and national impact on our profession and our donors.

To learn more, or to get involved, email the AFP Vancouver Chapter Government Relations Committee.


Our chapter advocacy plans include the following:

      • Address issues regarding municipal taxation and the impact that it has on our members and their ability to operate in the Lower Mainland.
      • Work closely with our partners at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and other industry members to understand the recent position adopted by the British Columbia Financial Services Authority regarding gifts of life insurance. Gifts of life insurance are an integral part of fundraising accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency for over 20 years. The Association of Fundraising Professionals considers this as a critical issue at both the National and International level and is lending their support towards our chapter on this issue.
      • On a national level, AFP Canada, which represents 3,500 members across the country, is advocating for the following:
      • For the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to be responsible for the economic policy of the nonprofit sector.
      • Providing Statistics Canada with an additional $1 Million annually to capture, analyze and share comprehensive data about the nonprofit sector.
      • Elimination of the capital gains tax on charitable gifts of private company shares and real estate.

    In the coming year we plan to proactively seek out and engage with elected officials across the Lower Mainland.

    If you are interested in learning more about the initiatives of the Chapter’s Government Relations Committee, joining us or suggestions regarding sector advocacy please reach contact us at