Tag Archives: Fellowship


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

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness

January 23, 2019

I previously wrote on this blog about how my work as a fundraiser has truly changed my perspective, in a positive way, on my own reality and also that of others. This magical mix of philanthropic goodness has created for me unexpected learning opportunities about human nature and human behaviour. Observing the incredible growth of … Continue reading

The Power of Just Being Ourselves

January 22, 2019

Sometimes to make a difference, being ourselves can do good. I recently went through a long period of dealing with impostor syndrome. You know, that feeling of ‘charade’ that makes you question your successes and achievements. Well, this state of mind quickly took hold during a diversity and inclusion training as part of the Fellowship … Continue reading

Exotica: Sex and race in face-to-face fundraising

January 9, 2019

Cover Photo by Drop the Label Movement on Unsplash. “But really, where are you from?” – that dreaded question I often received when meeting donors in my first fundraising job. I had begun in the role feeling like I had finally found my path, like I could do anything. I lost that confidence quickly when … Continue reading

How My Life Experiences Lead to Fundraising for STEM Learning

January 16, 2017

“I looked up at the Moon. It was no longer a distant, unknowable orb but a place where people walked, talked, worked and even slept. At that moment, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.” Chris Hadfield This is how the first ISS Canadian Commander Col. Hadfield envisioned his passage through space, … Continue reading

Congress 2016 – My Learning Experience

January 13, 2017

My first Congress – My realization to Lead from where I stand Wow, what a great theme for Congress 2016 – Lead from where you stand! During the opening plenary, Liane Davey said, “Every person has the ability to change the team for something better.” These words showed me the power of one, the power … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Conferences: Collection Versus Selection

November 18, 2016

– If you want to meet everybody, you will meet nobody. – If you aim for collection, you might miss the beauty of selection. These are a couple of things that I learned from my first AFP Toronto Congress back in 2012. Coincidentally, It was my first year in Canada as well. Many things were … Continue reading

Self-Care > Burn Out = Happiness

August 9, 2016

We all have some great inspirational, hardworking and passionate individuals in our lives and we wonder, “How do they do it all?” ‘All’ being putting in countless hours of work, volunteering, mentoring, being leaders in our community and being an active part in their personal groups as well. In the social profit sector, and in … Continue reading

The Grand Slam, No Trumps

July 5, 2016

“Graduates, If you have an analytical mind, an aptitude for solving thorny problems and highly developed reasoning powers you could be a very good Bridge Player …, we need people who can analyze complex circumstances…we are looking for a Grand Slam, no Trumps (New Scientist, January 29, 1987 Published by Reed Business Information). In answering … Continue reading

Looking In-Looking Out-Looking Even Better

June 2, 2016

Thanks to the gentle nudge from a LinkedIn mentor – Jeffrey, who told me about the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)… I am where I am today. My research into what this organization is all about (philanthropy , inclusivity, diversity, …), led me to a telephone call and my first contact with the organization. Coming … Continue reading