The AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter is committed to providing the best possible service to its members, partners, advertisers and community stakeholders. It is why we are embarking on a project to upgrade our existing website.
Proposals are due February 28, 2021 and we hope to have a decision made on the successful provider no more than three weeks after that. Please help us share the word among your network.
With the 2021 federal budget just around the corner, now is the time to remind members of Parliament how they can make a difference to the countless Canadians who rely on charities that enrich the fabric of our lives as well as provide essential services.
Unfortunately, too many organizations in our sector are struggling not only to meet the increased demand for services, but simply to survive. Some have already had to close their doors, further impacting those who are most vulnerable in our communities.
The government can help charities and nonprofits across our country by:
- Extending emergency support programs;
- Making a direct financial investment in community organizations; and
- Exploring programs that encourage donations to charities.
Take Action. It’s time to remind the government how it can help. You can help in the following ways:
- Contact your MP. It’s quick and easy and will make a difference.
- Encourage your colleagues, family and friends to contact their MP.
- Submit or re-submit a brief. Our sector colleagues at Imagine Canada have prepared a comprehensive toolkit.
- Participate in the budget survey.
The two key messages we aim to share with the government are a) investing in our sector and b) eliminating the capital gains tax on donations of private company shares and real estate.
For several months, AFP, in partnership with CAGP and other sector partners, has been engaged on the issue of life insurance to charities in British Columbia. The provincial regulator, BC Financial Services Authority, recently issued clarification about its position on this matter. In general, gifts of life insurance to charities and the advertising of such, is permitted by BCFSA. They have encouraged charities to adopt best practices with respect to promoting gifts of life insurance. AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter is working on those and will release them to our membership and the wider community in the coming weeks. In the meantime, information about gifts of life insurance can be included in a charity’s marketing and promotional materials, but we strongly recommend that they include neutral language and encourage donors to seek their own professional advice before considering this option. More information is included in the link below. Thank you to all the AFP members who have been following this issue and sharing their own experiences.
Did you know that one of the perks of being an AFP Vancouver member is that you have access to FREE professional development webinars? There's one happening this Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
10 Ways to Supercharge Your Storytelling, presented by Shanon Doolittle
The secret is out! Raising money is much easier when you tell a story. A story that motivates a donor to give. But how do you write a compelling story? And what makes a good story great? If you want to hook your reader and reel them in for good, then you’ll need a basic understanding of storytelling formulas and techniques that make a story memorable..
During this webinar, you’ll learn:
- Why storytelling is the ultimate tool to engage and connect with donors
- Practical and actionable ways to improve your storytelling skills and fundraising results
- What elements every good story needs if you want your donors to give
Can’t wait for Wednesday? We already have many great webinars posted to our website on our Online Learning Page such as:
Also Be Sure To Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Webinars:
June 6, 2018 - Transformational Donor Events
July 11, 2018 - An Introduction to Donor Data Segmentation
September 5, 2018 - From Nervous to Excited: Evolving Board Knowledge, Skill and Confidence
October 24, 2018 - Navigating Negotiations: More Money & More Mission
December 5, 2018 - Building Strong Development Teams
Please note these webinars are exclusive to current members. To access these, ensure you are logged into the afpvancouver.org website and click here.
Each webinar retails for USD $79, so take advantage of this sweet perk by setting some time aside at the office to hone your craft, watch from the comfort of your own home or plan a lunch-and-learn webinar party with colleagues one day - the PD possibilities are endless!