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Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the 2021 AFP Canada Board of Directors

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You have the power to influence the focus and direction of AFP in a very concrete way: by nominating leaders for the AFP Canada Board of Directors!

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.

The AFP Canada Board is a working board seeking active participation, committee involvement and a desire to develop programs that elevate the profession in Canada. 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.

Those who self-identify as members of diverse communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Nominations are being accepted for all positions on the board apart from chair and past chair. You can make a difference by submitting your application before Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. You can access the nominations form here.


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).

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 Committee on Directorship.

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

The 2021 board members will assume office starting January 1, 2021. All new members will be 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.

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

2020 AFP Canada Committee on Directorship
Paula Attfield, AFP Canada Chair
Daphne Carter, Nova Scotia Chapter
Scott Decksheimer, CFRE, AFP Canada Past Chair, (Committee Chair)
Chantal Gélinas, CFRE, Quebec Chapter
Sana Mahboob, Manitoba Chapter
Ken Mayhew, AFP Canada Chair-Elect

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