Tag Archives: Fellowship


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

Congratulations … Welcome … Happy to Have You on Board!

May 13, 2016

A few short months ago I was right where you are – embarking on a journey to explore the complex world of Diversity and Inclusion in the philanthropic sector. Not just me, but 35 curious, passionate do-gooders who had already started charting a course to help improve what we call life on this planet. We … Continue reading

What I learned from the CFRE Review Course

May 9, 2016

In early April, I attended the CFRE Review Course hosted by AFP Toronto. First of all, it is because of the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy that I was able to attend – and for this opportunity, I am very grateful. I found the course to be beneficial both personally and professionally. For those who … Continue reading

The Power of the Partnership

March 31, 2016

I came across an African proverb recently that says “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. This way of thinking has always resonated with me because we are all working in the not for profit sector for the greater good, and to make a difference in … Continue reading

AFP Inclusive Giving Fellowship: Shehzad & Toni’s Experience

February 18, 2016

Shehzad and Toni share their experience in the AFP Inclusive Giving Fellowship program. To learn more about Shehzad and Toni visit our Meet the Fellows page.