AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Community Blog

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A Message from
Marni Halwas, AFP Calgary & Area Chapter President

Well, 2020 has certainly been - and continues to be - an interesting year!

We have all been impacted by COVID-19, personally & professionally. Having to suddenly stop our normal routines was disconcerting. Meetings & meet-ups cancelled, life was put on hold. Stopping our busy and sometimes frenetic schedules impacted us in unexpected ways. Family time, connecting with friends, watching out for our neighbours … these became our new normal. Our way of thinking and acting was changing. How we perceived our world was evolving.

As fundraisers, this has been our opportunity to connect with our funders. To spend more time learning who they are and why they do what they do. Reaching out to new opportunities or opportunities previously missed.

We are all in this together. No one can take this journey alone. As your local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we are here with you during these ost challenging times and we hear you.

In this update, we share some recent updates and news, and hope you'll stay tuned for some announcements for upcoming programming and how we're celebrating philanthropy here at home, 2020-style.

Caring for others is why we are in this profession and, during this pandemic, it is more important than ever. Take good care of yourself and take good care of each other.
Since 1986, the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) National Philanthropy Day (NPD) has served as an inspirational community- building event that engages philanthropic individuals and organizations across North America. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented our global community with evolving challenges. While we recognize the financial, mental, social and other obstacles faced by members of our community, we have also been overwhelmed by the generosity of neighbours near and far. Our community has come together in unique, innovative, and caring ways to support one another, and we strongly believe that this needs to be celebrated.

This is our opportunity to honour & recognize individuals, families, small business and corporations in Calgary who support our non-profit organizations through their generous volunteerism and charitable giving. This is how we celebrate their Generosity of Spirit and recognize these incredible contributions to our communities.  

Your AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Board of Directors is working hard to bring you a virtual celebration of philanthropy. Stay tuned for more details!

September 30 is Orange Short Day

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on. Find out more about Orange Shirt Day here.
AFP Calgary presents
 Cultural Awareness Training:
Indigenous Awareness Canada offers courses & workshops to assist Canadians to learn about Canada’s Indigenous People and to help non-indigenous Canadians and Indigenous peoples move towards reconciliation.

The cost for this on-line course is only $35 (plus GST). Please share this opportunity with your staff, Board or other interested persons.

Contact Kara at the AFP Office for to reserve your seat!

October is Ethics Awareness Month:

Yep, we celebrate—because ethics makes philanthropy and fundraising possible. Without ethics, giving doesn’t happen. Fundraising doesn’t happen.
Change and impact don’t happen.

Ethics makes it all possible, and THAT’S worth celebrating.

In recognition, AFP Global is offering some amazing webinars, articles, blogs, and other resources ( 

ALSO, stay tuned for an upcoming Virtual Luncheon presented by AFP Calgary. Registration details will be coming soon.
Ethics can be a slippery slope, so understanding the dos & don’ts is critical. Personal vs professional .... what to do … what to do … 

November 23rd-25th:

One of the highlights each year is the AFP Congress in Toronto.
If you haven't been before, this is your perfect (and affordable) opportunity!

Due to COVID 19 it will not be the Congress we remember. This time, it will be a one-of-a-kind online professional development opportunity. This is an opportunity to connect with other professionals in our field to share ideas, discuss how we have adapted in this new reality, and how we can continue to work together for the betterment of our communities, organizations and profession.

Early Bird registration is $111 for the full three (3) days and you can attend from the comfort of your own home! The deadline is October 4th for the Early Bird registration.


Do you want to continue your AFP membership for the many learning and networking opportunities it provides but the cost of membership feels prohibitive right now?

AFP has a simple solution … a monthly payment plan!
(It's kind of like monthly giving, but different)
The “Installment Plan” option breaks your annual membership fee into manageable monthly payments over the course of the year. The Installment Plan option is limited to the Professional of Associate categories of membership only. This Option is only available to members when they renew and to newly joining members. It is not available for auto-renew and you must also belong to both the AFP Global association and a local chapter. Only the annual AFP dues will be divided into 12 regular installment payments. Find out more here.

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A MESSAGE FROM AFP CALGARY & AREA CHAPTER PRESIDENT, WAYNE STEER: In light of current events around the Globe – affirmation that we all have a responsibility to confront racism wherever and ...
RESOURCES TO ASSIST YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION, CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC From The Calgary Foundation's webinar: Navigating COVID-19 Webinar for Charities and Nonprofits: ...
MEMBER PREMIUM BENEFIT: COMPLIMENTARY WEBINARS from AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada     A series of webinars are being offered on a complimentary basis from the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy ...
  AFP Member Premium Benefit:  Registration Fee Waived for Next 3 Premium Webinars We know times are tough, but you still need to stay at the top of your fundraising game. That's why ...

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Calgary Alberta 
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