Tag Archives: Diverse Philanthropic Traditions


Acknowledging Traditional Territory

April 11, 2019

First peoples have existed for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans settlers. It has been their custom to acknowledge each other’s traditional territory, and this protocol still exist today. It is important to recognize that Frist Nations, Métis and Inuit have unique relationships with Canada. They hold sovereignty over their traditional territory … Continue reading

AFP Fellowship Mentorship Experience

April 9, 2019

I joined the 2018 AFP Fellowship program to increase my knowledge in fundraising and for the mentorship opportunity. I was fortunate to be mentored by Joan Blight, who has over 30 years of experience. Over the past 7 months, Joan and I met several times and I am grateful for her guidance. We decided to … Continue reading

What does Truth and Reconciliation mean in the philanthropic sector?

April 9, 2019

As a relatively new member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers, I wanted to gain better insights on how the philanthropic sector understands Truth and Reconciliation. It was through a small questionnaire that I set to do so, and I am grateful to all the participants who completed it and shared their responses with me. … Continue reading

How Would You Go About Broadening Your Donor Base to Reflect the Diversity of Your City or Region?

March 25, 2019

One of the gifts of the AFP Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion was to attend the AFP Congress in Toronto – the largest AFP conference in the world. And what a delight to find myself talking about the Fellowship to an AFP Toronto fundraiser I had never met, who then introduced me to her friend … Continue reading

The Ethics of Photography in Fundraising and International Development Work

February 13, 2019

As an industry that uses photography to tell stories and raise funds, do some of our practices do more harm than good? I enjoy photography. Not the act of taking photos per se but the act of studying them once they have been taken. My favorite type of photography is portrait photography. That is, photos … Continue reading

Truth and Reconciliation and Philanthropy, AFP Inclusive Giving Fellow perspective

February 12, 2019

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada over a six year period heard testimony from over 6,000 Residential School Survivors from across Canada. In 2015, the Commission released their final reports and 94 calls to action. It is estimated that 150,000 Indigenous children attended the 80 residential schools in Canada. My mother as a young … Continue reading

Yom Kippur’s Universal Lessons

October 21, 2016

Children going back to school, brightly coloured falling leaves and shorter days are universal signs that summer has ended. For the Jewish community, the fall also brings with it a new year. Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year in September or October,the exact date varies from year to year as the Jewish calendar … Continue reading

Becoming a New Indigenous Fundraiser

April 11, 2016

I initially applied to this program to improve my leadership abilities: an ability I think is an essential skill, especially working with/in the Indigenous community. When you choose to become something that only a few people recognize, it becomes a challenge. You have to put yourself in a situation where you stand out. And let … Continue reading

Am I Invited? Fundraising in the Indigenous community

February 12, 2016

When I sat down to write this introductory post to fundraising within the Indigenous community, I realized that it’s actually a rather challenging topic to discuss. I mean, I could give a few recommendations for best practices (Coles notes version: be culturally aware and respectful, share success stories, and make ‘the ask’), or share success … Continue reading

Do It Yourself Philanthropy of Remittance

February 1, 2016

Last summer my brother and his friend were walking home after a long day’s work and they were approached by a peer to peer fundraiser in downtown Toronto, might I add one of the many that we get inundated with throughout the year. He asked them if they would consider sponsoring a child in Sub … Continue reading