Tag Archives: Fundraising


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

Learning the Lived Experience; differences between lived and learned experiences in non-profit storytelling

January 31, 2019

As a young African professional working on International Development issues (outside of the continent), it is an interesting position to be maneuvering especially when it comes to the stories and narratives being projected about marginalized populations within. On one hand, I understand the rationale behind communication and marketing tools to connect donors to harsh realities. … Continue reading

How Coming to Terms with my Disability Has Made me a Better Fundraiser

January 22, 2019

Age four. What do you remember from that time in your life? You likely have memories of your parents, your siblings, and a much loved pet or favourite toy. I have those treasured memories, but I also have the recollection of a diagnosis with a chronic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. All these years later, turns out … 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

Pace and Breathe: Running the Marathon of an Individual Giving Program

January 13, 2017

For every fundraiser out there whose primary focus is individual giving, you have experienced a week similar to this. On Monday morning, you review your annual individual donation revenue goal and make a promise to yourself: I must close at least five donations by the end of this week. By the afternoon, you send out … Continue reading

The Sector’s Much Needed New Year’s Resolution: Redefine Our Culture of Philanthropy

January 13, 2017

Amongst the two cohorts of AFP Inclusive Giving Fellows, there is a combination of new graduates, volunteers, founders of social profits, community organizers, consultants and more working in the fields of education, public policy, youth engagement and beyond; all of us joined by the common interest of leading the fundraising profession to “…better reflect and … Continue reading

Diversity, Data and Donations: Key Findings to Maximize Your Donor Base

December 5, 2016

When I was the Associate Director of Donor Services and Operations at Free The Children (now www.We.org), I had the opportunity to work with Nielsen (http://www.nielsen.com/ca/en.html). Nielsen, an international consumer research and data analytics firm, conducted a pro bono project for our organization as part of their annual charitable giving day which benefitted their corporate … Continue reading

Donors 3.0 — “Show Me The … Diversity?”

November 14, 2016

Has this ever happened to you? You are sipping coffee with a potential donor when he or she asks you: “By the way, who is on your Board of Directors?” In my career as a fundraiser so far, in the arts and for post-graduate education, this question has never been addressed to me—yet. But I … Continue reading

Effective Donor Engagement and Retention: Tips and Strategies

November 8, 2016

“Hello, I’d like to cancel my donation.” I sigh inside but greet the caller happily as I bring up their donor file on the database. It’s never a nice start to a day, to listen to a supporter call in to stop their monthly support. Despite the setback, we’ve found a way to turn this … Continue reading