Bursaries and Scholarships

Your chapter supports you!

We offer a variety of annual bursaries and scholarships to help you develop your skills and achieve your goals.

For more information on these opportunities, please contact Megan Henshaw.

IDEA Membership Bursary

Does your organization support equity-deserving communities?  You may be eligible for a free AFP membership.

AFP GH is warmly welcoming new and existing members with two (2) free memberships (valued at $360: $285 + $75 chapter dues) to fundraising professionals from organizations focused on populations historically oppressed and currently seeking equity. Examples include, but aren’t limited to: racialized groups, ethnic/lingual minorities, 2SLBGTQ+, differently abled and Indigenous peoples. 

Thank you to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada and Every Member Campaign donors who made one of these membership bursaries possible.

Criteria

To be considered for this bursary you must:

  • Work at an organization that support equity-deserving communities
  • Fit the criteria for either a Professional or Association Membership (see details below)
  • Not have received a bursary from AFP Golden Horseshoe in the last calendar year
  • Confirm this is the only application from your organization
  • Submit the application by the deadline

Membership Types Available

You must qualify for one of the following membership types in order to qualify for this bursary.

Professional: For individuals working as professional fundraisers and/or who are responsible for a part of the fundraising process in their organization.

Associate: For individuals or volunteers who are engaged in fields related to fundraising, have mutual interests with fundraising professionals, or who support professional fundraising efforts.

In both cases, members must uphold the Donor Bill of Rights and the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.

Application Procedure

Applications will open April 15, 2024 and will close on May 31, 2024. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Chamberlain Scholarship

Attend ICON, the most-recognized fundraising conference in the world.

The 2024 AFP ICON will be held in Toronto from April 7-9, 2024.

Highlights

  • $2,000 towards expenses such as travel, accommodation, meals (funds are provided following attendance at the conference)
  • Plus, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will cover the conference fees less $10 USD
  • 1 scholarship available annually

Criteria

  • Only open to AFP Golden Horseshoe members
  • Must have at least 5 years full time experience as a professional fundraiser
  • Must be employed as: a fundraising professional; an Executive Director or Consultant that spends at 20% of their time on fundraising; or as consultant that spends 50% of their fundraising for other organizations
  • Only one application per organization
  • Must demonstrate financial need on the part of your organization and/or a limited professional development budget
  • NOT available to anyone who has previously attended ICON

Recipient Commitments

  • Attend the entire conference
  • Complete a brief evaluation report at the end of the conference (funds provided once report is received)
  • Consider volunteering on an AFP Golden Horseshoe committee

Application Process

The 2024 recipient has been chosen and was notified. Thank you to everyone who applied.

History

The Chamberlain Scholarship honours Ralph Chamberlain, CFRE, a long time fundraiser and supporter of AFP. Special thanks to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy for supporting this opportunity.

Fundamentals of Fundraising Bursary

The Fundamentals of Fundraising course is ideal for those new to fundraising, or for those seeking their CFRE designation.  This bursary defrays the course fee substantially.

Highlights

  • $300 bursary value 
  • 6 bursaries available in 2024
  • Completion of the course earns 16 CFRE credits

Criteria

  • Open to members and non-members
  • Must be employed in fundraising or interested in working in the profession
  • Only one application per organization
  • Must demonstrate financial need on the part of your organization and/or a limited professional development budget
  • NOT available to anyone who received a bursary in the last calendar year

Recipient Commitments

  • Complete the entire course
  • Submit a brief report once course is completed
  • Consider serving on an AFP Golden Horseshoe volunteer committee for a one year term

Application Process

We are looking to have the course available in the Fall of 2024, at which time this bursary will be made available again. Stay tuned!

New to the Profession Scholarship

An exciting way to accelerate your career if you are transitioning to fundraising from another career or sector! 

The New to the Profession Scholarship offers a unique opportunity to fast-track your learning, expertise and network as a fundraising professional.

Highlights

The 2024 scholarship is presented in partnership with Gowling WLG and will include:

  • Free one year AFP Golden Horseshoe membership sponsored by Gowling WLG
  • Complimentary registration to three AFP Golden Horseshoe Educational Series events sponsored by the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter
  • Opportunity for individual “meet and greet” sessions with the AFP Board Member(s)
  • Opportunity to connect with Gwenyth Stadig (scholarship sponsor) for a “meet and greet” 

Criteria

  • Must be employed as a fundraising professional
  • Must have less than five years of experience as a fundraising professional
  • NOT available to anyone who received a bursary or scholarship from AFP Golden Horseshoe in 2023

Application Process

Applications are now closed.  Thank you to everyone who applied! The scholarship has been awarded for 2024.

AFP Congress Bursaries

Let us help you get inspired!  This bursary will help defray the costs of attending AFP’s annual three day fundraising conference in Toronto.

Highlights

  • 4 bursaries of $700 each are available
  • Learn best practices from the world’s most respected fundraisers, network with colleagues from across Canada and develop key professional skills at AFP Congress

Criteria

  • Must be employed as a fundraising professional, or as an Executive Director or Consultant that spends at 20% of their time on fundraising
  • Only one application per organization
  • Must demonstrate financial need on the part of your organization and/or a limited professional development budget
  • NOT available to anyone who received a bursary last calendar year

Recipient Commitments

  • Attend the entire conference
  • Complete a brief evaluation report at the end of the conference (funds provided once report is received)
  • Agree to serve on an AFP Golden Horseshoe committee/board for one year should an opportunity be available

Application Process

There will not be an AFP Congress event in 2024. The event will return in 2025.