Breakfast Event - Why Nonprofits Eat Their Young... And How to Avoid Being Their Next Meal

When:  Apr 23, 2020 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PT)
Associated with  AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter
Father and son duo, Ray and Joshua Marshall from MCR West, will walk attendees through why non-profit organizations are losing their ambitious and valuable young professional staff members due to poor HR practices and what leaders and organizations can do to develop, challenge and retain their fundraising staff.

Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:00am - 9:00am
Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6B1


7:00 - 7:30 am - Registration, breakfast and networking
7:30 - 8:45am - Welcome and Presentation
8:45 - 9:00am - Q & A

Why nonprofits eat their young… and how to avoid being their next meal

According to one of Canada’s top fundraising recruitment specialists, the average length of employment for fundraising professionals is 17 months…that’s down from the 18 months often quoted. What’s wrong here? Our sector speaks loudly about the critical need to build trusting relationship with donors – to be blunt, 17 months just doesn’t cut it.

Almost all of us have been fired from a job or left well before we originally had hoped. Does it have to be this way? How can staffers avoid the hurt and upset of being let go? What can fundraising practitioners do before and during their employment to increase their odds of having a long, meaningful, and rewarding tenure? And what responsibility do charity senior leadership and HR leaders have in all this?

This session will look at how to avoid being let go by knowing what you’re getting in to upfront, and what practical steps we can take to help ensure a great fit . We will also look at the Employer’s role in recruitment and retention for maximum success.

This will be a practical, fast -paced and interactive session with a pre-session/follow up case to be sent to attendees.

Our expert speakers:

Ray Marshall – CFRE
CEO and Founder MCR West Ltd.

Over the past twenty years he has assisted the development operations of a variety of organizations from Toronto to Vancouver, both as a consultant and as a senior executive. Ray is often called upon to share his knowledge and expertise with charitable organizations. He has taught courses and led numerous workshops and seminars on business management, strategic planning and communications for the not-for-profit sector. Ray is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE), an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), past Board Chair for the Vancouver chapter, and currently on the Board of AFP Edmonton.

Joshua Marshall, MBA CFRE
President MCR West Ltd.

Joshua Marshall, MBA CFRE, partner with MCR West, brings to clients 10 years of senior level funds development experience, with a concentration on relationship management and major gifts procurement. He has worked as a senior consultant including the $120 million Resolve Campaign in Calgary. He currently leads the B.C. office. Joshua is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He is a Board member with AFP Canada Foundation in addition to Board and committee involvements in the Vancouver and Area AFP chapter. He has earned a MBA from Trinity Western University and shares his knowledge through leading workshops across Canada.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information.


Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, V6B 6B1
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