AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Community Blog

COVID-19 Update

Message from AFP Calgary Chapter President, Wayne Steer, CFRE

This is uncharted territory for our city, for our sector and for the world. Since the status of this COVID-19 pandemic is changing so rapidly, the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Board has had to make some difficult decisions, just like all of you:

  • March 23 – Luncheon postponed
  • Other spring programming under review
  • June - AFP AGM – method of delivery under review

For now, if you had purchased a ticket for the March 23rd luncheon that has been postponed, your ticket will be honoured when the event is rescheduled, or you may contact our office at to request a refund.

Many of us are the sole fundraiser for our organization and as such you may be feeling particularly isolated and alone right now. I encourage you to remember that you have a “family of like-minded professionals” and encourage you to reach out to your AFP colleagues for advice and support. We have an exceptionally fine network of fundraising professionals in our Chapter and it is very clear that we are ALL in this together.

In light of this, AFP Calgary is planning to implement some new ways to stay in touch and offer support to each other – stay tuned for a new virtual Coffee Klatch in the next week – a “Klatch of the Titans” if you will. It will be BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee) using GoTo Meeting and there will be no cost for you to participate.

Its our way of encouraging connection as well as practicing social (physical) distancing so that everyone has a vehicle through which to stay in touch and provide support to and access support from each other while remaining safe.

photo_of_kara.jpgIt is my pleasure to let you know that as of February 26th, 2020 our AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Administrator is Kara Tersen, CFRE who has already taken matters in her own hands to improve the level of service to and engagement of members and the Board. 

At the same time, the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Office has been moved to The Commons (it’s a fantastic co-working space!). Due to COVID-19, our new office space is closed to the public and Kara is working remotely from her home office until it is safe to do otherwise. 

The AFP Calgary & Area Chapter is actively working to make valuable resources and tools available to you and every one of our members to help you during this challenging time. We will continue to compile and share these resources on the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter website with the help of other members, chapters, AFP Canada and AFP Global. AFP Global has just launched this resource as well:

Visit for more information, and we welcome your suggestions for resources to add to the list. If you come across something you think should be shared, send it to Kara at or tag us on social media.

Remember, there are many on-line resources at AFPGlobal with more being developed and added every day.

To get started please click here.

Kindest Regards,


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Kara Tersen, CFRE | Chapter Administrator
The Commons Calgary 1206 20 Ave SE
Calgary Alberta 
P.O. Box 46052 Inglewood
Calgary, AB T2G 5H7
Phone: (403) 297-1033