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AFP Canada Board – General Information and Nominating Process

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General Information

AFP Canada, a nonprofit formed in 2017, represents more than 3,000 fundraisers across the country working to support causes and missions that help Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We serve as the voice of the fundraising profession in Canada and are part of the larger AFP Global network, the largest community of fundraisers in the world.

Guided by the AFP in Canada Strategic Plan, we focus on government relations and communications. Working in close partnership with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and our local chapters, AFP Canada strives to stimulate a world of generosity through ethical and effective fundraising.

Structure and Board Terms

The board will consist of up to twenty members. Directors shall serve one-year terms with a maximum of eight consecutive years as per the decision of the AFP Canada Nominations Committee.

Board members are expected to maintain their AFP membership, adhere to the AFP Code of Ethics, attend 75% of all board meetings and donate to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada in alignment with personal giving goals.

Nominating Process

You may nominate yourself, a colleague, or invite your chapter to nominate you or a colleague. Prior to making a nomination, please carefully review the criteria for service below.

Nominations are open July – September of each year.

All nominees are contacted by the Nominations Committee to discuss their interest in the board. The proposed slate is presented to the current Board of Directors and then to AFP members in Canada for endorsement in November; the final slate is typically announced in December.

New board members will assume office starting January 1 of each year. All new members are assigned a mentor to help them familiarize themselves with the board role. Additionally, an orientation session is held in January which provides an overview of AFP Canada’s work. In the meantime, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the AFP Canada website to learn more about our work in government relations, communications and strategy.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria used by the committee includes:

  • Leadership ability that demonstrates the skills needed to govern a professional association;
  • Previous service to AFP, philanthropy and the community locally, nationally and/or internationally;
  • Particular leadership, experience or community perspectives needed by AFP at the time candidates are being considered;
  • Relevant professional certification, education or learning;
  • Education/training;
  • Geographic location;
  • Diversity of all kinds;
  • Area of professional practice;
  • Support of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada;
  • AFP chapter size; and
  • Membership current and in good standing (has signed the Code of Ethical Standards).

Please feel free to contact Lisa Davey (; 613-407-7169) if you have any questions.

See a listing of the current AFP Canada Board Members



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