2021 Committees | Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Vancouver Chapter

2021 Committees

The AFP Vancouver Chapter relies on volunteer committees to develop and manage programs that provide value to its membership, including Professional Development, Accreditation, National Philanthropy Day, Mentorship and Scholarship and more. 

To learn how you can apply your skills and experience as a member of an AFP Vancouver Chapter committee, please visit our list of current Volunteer Opportunities

  • The CFRE Accreditation Committee's goal is to provide support to Vancouver Chapter members in their efforts to become a Certified Fund Raising Executive. The Committee is responsible for organizing the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, acting as a resource for those preparing for the CFRE exam and recognizing Chapter members who have achieved this remarkable career milestone.

  • The goal of the Communications Committee is to inform AFP Vancouver members of valuable chapter programs, activities and events through regular and meaningful updates that keep them connected to their local chapter and each other.

    The Communications team also supports fellow committees by assisting with content updates on the chapter website, providing communication support through social media and email updates and coordinating a chapter communication schedule.

    For more information, email us

  • The Fraser Valley Committee offers professional development opportunities that benefit AFP members in the Fraser Valley. The committee fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to the preservation and enhancement of philanthropy. The committee supports fundraising professionals as they pursue personal development through meaningful learning opportunities in industry best practices, competency, and standards. The committee works collaboratively with AFP Vancouver to strengthen membership through community engagement, recruitment, and retention.

  • The Government Relations Committee has as a primary role to educate members regarding public policy issues which impact membership. The committee also has a role to make advocacy on behalf of the sector and government relations work of AFP relevant to the Chapter membership. The committee will lead engagement with government officials, especially those holding elected office in the Lower Mainland. The committee will actively monitor the issues and legislative changes at all levels of government that could both potentially impact membership and develop strategies and plans to advocate on behalf of membership, including mobilizing the membership. The committee shall also serve as a resource to government officials connecting to, and providing, relevant industry expertise.

  • The Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Acces (IDEA) Committee supports the implementation of inclusive practices by AFP Vancouver and its members at the philanthropic and organizational levels. Working in partnership with Chapter committees, members, and community stakeholders, we ensure that diverse communities are engaged, represented, and supported in philanthropy through leadership, membership, mentorship, and professional development activities.

  • The Membership Committee focuses on ensuring that members have a full understanding of the benefits of membership in AFP International and the local Vancouver chapter. We work to find ways to promote membership with both new and returning members through effective marketing and member feedback. We encourage individual membership that represents a broad spectrum of local charities and non-profits.

  • National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the first official day in the world, recognized by the Canadian government on the fifteenth of November each year, celebrated by fundraisers, government leaders, corporations and individuals who wish to honor all contributions philanthropy has made to the community. Celebrating philanthropy in the Lower Mainland, the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon – Vancouver coordinated by this AFP Vancouver committee, is attended by approximately 900 philanthropists, volunteers, fundraisers and support staff from over 100 non-profit organizations.

  • The Professional Development Committee plans and organizes educational, training and networking opportunities throughout the year for AFP Vancouver Chapter members and others working in the fundraising sector. We focus on offering events that address current issues in fundraising as well as issues that affect the local fundraising community in particular. Membership has its benefits as all events offer a discount rate to members and some events are members only. For a listing of our professional development activities, please view our Events Calendar.

  • The Mentorship and Scholarship Committee runs both the Mentorship and Scholarship Programs for the AFP Vancouver Chapter. In the mentorship program, the volunteer committee works to match experienced fundraising professionals as mentors with less experienced fundraisers as mentees for a one-year partnership. As part of the program we offer support to the pairs and at least two professional development events to participants, an intake session and a June roundtable event. The committee also solicits and reviews applications for scholarships to the AFP Toronto Congress, the AFP International Conference, and to the AFP Vancouver summit each year.

  • The purpose of the Youth In Philanthropy committee is to raise awareness of the fundraising profession as a viable career and to instill a culture of philanthropy in the next generation of fundraisers and donors through outreach initiatives such as attendance at career fairs, speaking engagements, and liaising with school, college and university leaders.