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Dear Members,

 

In the past few days, you may have seen references to gifts of life insurance policies to charities in British Columbia in your inboxes and on social media. We are well aware of this issue and working on it on behalf of our AFP Greater Vancouver membership and the sector as a whole.

 

Norton Rose Fulbright, a leading Vancouver law firm, recently released a legal update regarding enforcement activities by the BC Financial Services Authority (formerly FICOM). That update notes that BCFSA is interpreting the acceptance of life insurance policies by charities as “trafficking” – an offense under the Insurance Act. Further, BCFSA considers the mere mention of gifts of life insurance by charities as “soliciting” – another offense under the Act. Norton Rose Fulbright is recommending that charities remove such references from their marketing and communications materials until the matter is clarified. AFP Greater Vancouver agrees with this recommendation. To read the full update, click here.

 

We are actively working with AFP Canada’s Government Relations Committee, AFP Global, CAGP and other industry partners on our strategy and response. We recognize what a significant issue this is and will be updating our membership on next steps in due course.

 

We encourage all AFP members and charities to spread the word. If you are interested in getting more involved on this matter, please contact us at info@afpvancouver.org.

 

Membership in AFP is the best way to stay involved and the leverage the strength of AFP on issues like this that affect the sector. To learn more about membership benefits, click here.

 

David Love, CFRE                               Andrea Wright, MBA
President                                              Vice President Government Relations & Communications
AFP Greater Vancouver                   AFP Greater Vancouver

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: 

  1. Why storytelling is the ultimate tool to engage and connect with donors 
  2. Practical and actionable ways to improve your storytelling skills and fundraising results 
  3. 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:

Raise The Money of Your Dreams with Donor-Centered Major Gift Fundraising, presented by Gail Perry

Finding and Connecting with Transformational Donors, presented by Steve MacLaughlin & Katherine Swink, J.D.

How to Grow Your Monthly Giving Program Without Breaking the Bank, presented by Erica Waasdorp

Building Your Small Shop Toolkit, presented by Amy Wolfe

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!

Happy watching!

An incredible 43 individuals and corporations were nominated for this year's Giving Hearts Awards program.  View the list of the recipients and nominees and join us on November 16 at National Philanthropy Day to celebrate them all!

FUEL YOUR IMAGINATION AND YOUR PRACTICE at this year's Summit!  We are proud to offer this full day of professional development that will challenge and invigorate all levels of fundraisers, friends and colleagues.  In addition to luncheon keynote speakers Dr. David Suzuki and Dr. Severn Cullis-Suzuki, our exceptional session presenters will invite you to explore new ways to revitalize your philanthropic practices.  Programming will stream into three themes which promise to inspire: imagination, activism, and engaging capital with technology.  Join us on November 16, 2017 as we ignite new thinking to address the issues impacting philanthropy and our world.

View the Full Summit Line-Up

Register to Save Your Spot - Early Bird Pricing Ends October 5th

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 Philanthropists

  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

  • Outstanding Youth Philanthropist

  • Outstanding Corporation

  • 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: givingheartsawardsvancouver@gmail.com

Change the World with a Giving Heart!