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!
The Giving Hearts Awards nomination deadline is coming up! Show your outstanding donor, volunteer, or company how much you appreciate their support by recognizing them with a nomination!
The Giving Hearts Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations who exemplify the true spirit of philanthropy in various categories:
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
Outstanding Small Business
This year the process is even easier with a new, streamlined online application process available on the new AFP Vancouver website: visit: https://www.afpvancouver.org/national-philanthropy-day/giving-hearts-awards
Don't miss out on your chance to thank those individuals who have made an impact through their generosity and support and for their example for the next generation of philanthropists.
The deadline for submission is June 9th. If you have any questions, please contact the Giving Hearts Awards Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Change the World with a Giving Heart!
The Vancouver Chapter is now accepting applications for the 2017 AFP Mentorship Program. The popular program is designed to match a relatively junior fundraiser with an experienced fundraising professional. Applications are due by January 8, 2017 and are open to AFP members only.