Fall Is In The Air

Hello fellow AFP Members,
Thank you for your participation this past year in the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Your membership is truly appreciated and together we have a lot to celebrate and be proud of at our Golden Horseshoe Chapter. 
I am delighted to announce that our Chapter received the 2014 Exceptional Achievement Award at the recent AFP Canadian Leadership Retreat in Regina. This award recognized our Chapter’s efforts in meeting the 2014 Every Member Campaign Goal, achieving 100% Chapter board participation, increasing member participation from 2013 to 2014, increasing Alpha Society giving (monthly giving), and increasing overall giving in the chapter. For receiving this award, the chapter is entitled to apply for an additional 5% grant of the money raised by the Chapter in 2014.  This investment will benefit all members and give a boost to funding future Chapter programs, such as education sessions and bursaries and scholarships. 
Our fall programs are off to a great start. Mark Phillips, Managing Director, Bluefrog Ltd. in the UK, was the guest speaker at the September 24 Breakfast session to share his insights on how people's lives and media consumption habits are changing. The comprehensive presentation suggested steps we, as fundraisers, can take to ensure we build better and longer lasting relationships with our donors. I really enjoyed his list of eight things donor will need from fundraisers in 2016. On October 7th, we are hosting the next AFP Meet-Up in Hamilton to learn communication and presentation skills from guest expert Connie Smith, one of Southern Ontario's most recognized and respected media personalities. You'll hear some great tips that will help you in your career and you will get to meet with fundraising peers in the region. November 4th is our Waterloo Meet-Up with presenters Paul Dickson, Kourtney Beckman and Candi Harrington, all current CFREs, who will share their insights with you on the benefits of achieving your CFRE accreditation. For those members looking for e-learning programs, we are offering a complimentary webinar on October 28th called “How to Raise Major Gifts the Right Way”. Presented by Amy Einstein, ACFRE & Dr. Adrian Sargeant the session is worth 1.5 CFRE points and is free to AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter Members. 
And, on Friday, November 13 we are excited to host the 2015 AFP Golden Horseshoe National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside each year on the 15th of November to uphold the great contributions of philanthropy — and to recognize those who are active in the philanthropic community. We are honoured to recognize this year’s outstanding honourees that embody the true meaning of philanthropy. It is strong programs such as these that enhance membership engagement and our NPD Committee has worked hard to make this annual event a tremendous success year after year.
Finally, to all our first year members in 2015, I encourage you to complete a short survey conducted by AFP International. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to share your valuable feedback but AFP International will enter your name into a draw for one free membership renewal to be awarded in August 2016. Last year’s survey was sent to 6,418 new members and had a response rate of close to 6 percent. Respondents shared that they joined to benefit from professional development opportunities, networking with peers, and obtaining research and practice tools through afpnet.org. You can view the survey and additional results here: http://www.afpnet.org/Audiences/ChapterNewsDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=33003 
Thank you for your continued support to make our chapter the best it can be. I look forward to hearing from you, I am only an email or call away. 
Roger D. Ali, M.B.A., CFRE
President, AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter

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