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Navigating subtle meaning of words and feelings

April 10, 2019

Sitting around the table discussing the meaning of words, their power and how important it was to analyze the context of when and where such words were used was a favourite of my bonding times with my mother when I was growing up. She would share the content of her classes with me, while she … 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

Respectful Curiosity

March 21, 2019

One of the most beautiful approaches to conflict resolution that I have heard recently came from a podcast that I listened to, where the host, Whitney Johnson, interviewed Dr. Donna Hicks on the topic of disruption. (https://whitneyjohnson.com/donna-hicks/). In this exchange, Dr. Hicks shared stories of her experience exploring the concept of how at the core … Continue reading

The Many Layers of Storytelling in International Development

March 19, 2019

Growing up, the only time I would see kids who looked like me was in charity ad campaigns. Same skin tone and dark hair, but their reality was very different from my own. They were orphaned, malnourished, and the best way to help them was through a donation to [Insert Charity Name Here]. At least, … Continue reading

How to Create a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Your Small Non-Profit – Part 1

February 7, 2019

Photo: Toronto’s Don Valley, November 2018 If you’re like me, you work for a small non-profit organization where the lean realities of funding mean that there are limited resources to devote to diversity and inclusion (D&I) work. It’s not the easiest kind of work but I believe that diversity and inclusion work is some of … 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

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

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

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

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