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February 2021 Professional Development Opportunity

Compassion Fatigue
With Denise hillier

Compassion fatigue has been described as the cost of caring for others.  We may care deeply for others as part of our work as well as in our personal lives.  While caring for others can bring a sense of fulfillment, we can also experience a deep physical and emotional exhaustion as a result of this caring.  In this presentation, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, contributing factors, and how you can prevent it.  The issue of burnout will also be discussed, noting the overlap between the two and the steps we can take to address when our own mental health is being impacted.

Denise Hillier is the Director of Clinical Services at Stella’s Circle and responsible for the provision of service in three counselling   programs.  She is a trained facilitator of Compassion Fatigue and the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR).  Denise has been employed at Stella’s Circle for 18 years and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Diploma of Journalism and prior work  experience as a Probation Officer, Victim Services Worker and as a journalist.

February 2, 2021 - 9am - 10am Newfoundland Time
Members:  Free Benefit of Membership
Non-Members: $35

December 2020 Professional Development Opportunity

Administering Gifts: What Fundraisers & Board members need to know
With Rebecca Dutton & Michelle Kearsey

A donor wants a receipt for a gift and you say “of course” and then find out later CRA says you can’t issue one. That’s never a fun conversation to have to go back to a donor with. There are plenty of interesting situations that we face in charities that are important for us to know about in advance to help keep our organization’s donors happy.  In one hour you will learn – from the fundraiser’s perspective – the basics of appropriate receipting, the legal implications of gift acceptance and other related regulations, to ensure you don’t end up in hot    water!  You will also be provided with some great resources to help you along the way.  This session is ideal for fundraisers, board members and Executive Directors who need to be informed as they meet with donors and oversee the acceptance of gifts, but would also be a good refresher for administrators who manage tax receipting and gift stewardship.

December 2, 2020 - 9am - 10am - Zoom
Members:  Benefit of Membership
Non-Members: $35
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October 2020 Professional Development Opportunity
Join Shelley Moores, Manager of Signature Events with the Health Care Foundation, for an open discussion on events during not-so-normal times. Shelley will talk about her experiences with both virtual and in-person events during COVID-19 and open the floor for any questions you may have.
October 28, 2020 - 9am - 10am - Zoom
Members:  Benefit of Membership
Non-Members: $35
Register Now!

August 2020 Professional Development Opportunity

KCI - The Big Re-Think with Michael Logue
As organizations plan for the future and re-imagine and rebuild their fundraising programs to ensure continued success during COVID-19 and post pandemic, KCI’s session builds on their recently released  “Big Re-Think” report that outlines what the pandemic means for not-for-profits and for fundraising in Canada. 
August 12, 2020 9am-10:15am - Zoom

 Register Here

August 2020
Webinar:  TD Ready Challenge - Providing $10 Million For COVID Recovery & Community Resilience

Does your organization have a great idea that addresses the impacts of COVID-19 among communities who are being disproportionately impacted? The TD Ready Challenge, now in its third year, is designed to support organizations developing innovative solutions for a changing world. And this year, it is fully focused on the COVID-19 recovery and helping strengthen community resilience. Grants will range from $350K to $1M each subject to a judging panel. And, as of yet, there have not been any successful applications from Atlantic Canada.

Join members of the TD Ready Commitment team on Aug 6, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. E.D.T.
To learn more about eligibility and the application process visit

July 2020 Professional Development Opportunity

Practical Planned Giving Post Pandemic with Paul Nazareth

Philanthropy is a critical part of Canada’s history, current social health and future return from this economic crisis. We will discuss national trends before this crisis and insight from several experts on what building back better could look like. CAGP’s mission includes that advisors already play a growing role in philanthropy – how have they fit in during this crisis and how can we activate and work with them in the rebuilding phase? We will review a number of Canadian resources and data, then discuss how to adapt to today’s donor and funder landscape recognizing that many charities now have even less resources and capacity. You will leave with a better understanding of where we are as a sector, as a community here in Newfoundland and Labrador and where you need to adjust your fundraising strategy for the days ahead so planned giving doesn’t just live “on the side of your desk”. We will also share insight into the data and strategy as CAGP transitions from the past “Leave a Legacy” to the 2021 “Will Power” public bequest campaign in this joint collaboration with our local NL CAGP Chapter!
On Thursday July 9, 2020 join Paul Nazareth as he shares his insight into Planned Giving.
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June 2020 Professional Development Opportunity
Does your organization incorporate fundraising with social media?

Social Media is a great way for those in the nonprofit sector to expand their sphere of influence. Many  charities continue to rely heavily on direct marketing tactics such as flyers and direct mail campaigns. Although these offline strategies are an important part of a well-balanced marketing plan, organizations run the risk of missing out on increased reach and donations if they fail to incorporate digital into their overall objectives.
On Wednesday June 10, 2020 join Lyle R. Wetsch as he shares his insight into Fundraising with Social Media.
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February 2020 Professional Development Opportunity
Does your organizations fundraising plan include Lotteries?
On February 20, 2020 join Jean Bishop Director of Issuance of Lottery Licences with Service NL, as she talks about the rules and regulations for Lottery Licencing in the charitable sector.
Networking 8:30am
Session 9:00 am - 10:00am
Rainbow Riders - Mount Scio Road St. John's
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January 2020 - AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising 2 Day Course
 Tuesday January 14, 2020 and Wednesday January 15, 2020
Approximately 8:00am - 5:30pm each day (Time to be confirmed when registration opens)
AFP Newfoundland and Labrador will be hosting the two day Fundamentals of Fundraising course for the first time in 2020!
Location: Ramada Hotel Kenmount Road St. John's

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course is an introductory, 2-day course providing a comprehensive overview of fundraising principles at the fundamental level. The course content covers the roles and responsibilities of fundraisers, with emphasis on responsibilities you are likely to encounter at the beginning of your career. The course is taught in an active learning style and includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable.
For more information about the course 
Registration Here

November 2019 Professional Development Opportunity

On November 28th, 2019, join Dr. Penny Blackwood, Executive Director with the Office of Development at Memorial University, as she talks about how to take your major gifts up a notch. 
Where: Rainbow Riders, Mount Scio Road, St. John's
When: November 28, 2019
Time: 8:30 am Networking; 9:00 am - 10:00 am Session

October 2019 Professional Development Opportunity

On October 29th, 2019, join Lisa Browne, CEO of Stella's Circle, as she talks about the evolution of a Fund Development Plan and how it can provide focus, clarity and diverse revenue streams to your fundraising efforts.
Date: October 29th
Time 8:30 Networking;
9:00 AM Presentation Begins
Location: Rainbow Riders, Mount Scio Road
To register, please click here

September 2019 Professional Development Opportunity
AFP NL September Professional Development session will be on Work/Life Balance and will be held on September 25th.
Janet Meaney from Stella's Circle will be presenting and will be offering some great tips and practical suggestions that we all can use!