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Bursaries

In partnership with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada and RBC, the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is proud to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to professional development in the field of fundraising by providing financial support to fundraisers who might not otherwise be able to attend professional development opportunities.

The below bursaries are available for Congress 2021 three-day conference. All four (4) Congress 2021 bursaries cover event registration. Bursaries are open to both AFP members and non-members who meet the outlined eligibility criteria.

Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (for all bursaries): Friday, September 24, 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to be as fulsome as possible in responses to all questions as applications will be scored by the Chapter bursary selection committee on the completeness and thoughtfulness of answers. Every applicant will be notified on the success of their application by October 22, 2021.

Apply

For more information or questions regarding the Chapter’s bursary program, please contact Penny Connors, Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter at pconnors@afptoronto.org.

RBC Bursary

RBC is inspired to make a difference by supporting endeavours strengthening the charitable sector. RBC believes in building partnerships with professional fundraisers in appreciation of the contribution they make to the health and well-being of their communities. RBC’s generous investment will assist individuals to innovate, compete more strategically, and rethink best practices.

Eligibility

In order to be considered, applicants must:

  • Identify a financial need and clear lack of professional development resources
  • Show that they spend a minimum of 20% of their time on fundraising activities
  • Have clear professional development goals
  • Demonstrate their commitment to the fundraising profession
  • Have completed all application questions in detail
  • Have not received a bursary from AFP Greater Toronto Chapter within the last 5 years
  • Must be currently employed by a registered Canadian Charity with fundraising revenues of $1,500,000 or less (excluding government and/or United Way funding).

The RBC bursary is available to AFP members and non-members regardless of geographical location. Please note that only one application per organization will be accepted per bursary (excluding national organizations with multiple regional offices).

Fundraising consultants and volunteers are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to fundraising practitioners working in the sector.


Cynthia Quigley Bursary

It is not very often that an organization has a long-standing staff member. The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter has been very fortunate to have Cynthia Quigley on staff since the first Fundraising Day she organized in 1994. Throughout the years, Cynthia has been committed to AFP and has dedicated her life to the betterment of AFP. She has seen the Chapter grow and has a wealth of knowledge to share with the many volunteers both at the Board and the sub-committee levels. In honour of her service to AFP, members from across the country have donated more than $25,000 to set up an endowment fund in her name. This is the third year that this bursary will be awarded.

Eligibility

In order to be considered, applicants must:

  • Currently work or volunteer at a registered Canadian charity
  • Show a demonstrated commitment and passion for their cause
  • Have demonstrated clear professional development goals
  • Have completed all questions in detail
  • Not have received a bursary from AFP Greater Toronto Chapter within the last 5 years

Special consideration will be given to applicants who’s organization funds sports programs or advocates on behalf of a sports organization and/or who’s organization funds animal programs or advocates on behalf of animal welfare.


James Julien Bursary

James Julien was a gifted and well-loved fundraiser who died suddenly at the age of 38 in February 2009. Founder of Public Outreach, a face-to-face fundraising company serving dozens of non-profit groups, James had also worked at World Vision, Greenpeace and other organizations during his fundraising career.

A proud member of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, James was an avid conference attendee at Congress in Toronto and at the International Conference (AFP ICON) in the US. He loved sharing smart ideas and new insights and was always looking for ways to help develop the next generation of fundraisers.

The James Julien Bursary has been established by friends and colleagues of James Julien to honour his love of learning, training, networking and mentoring by offering a new fundraising professional an excellent educational experience they or their organization could otherwise not afford.

Eligibility

In order to be considered, applicants must:

  • Currently work at an organization that raises less than $5 million annually in private donations
  • Spend at least 50% of their time on fundraising activities
  • Have been working in the non-profit sector for less than 5 years
  • Have completed all questions in detail
  • Not have attended Congress before in the past
  • Not have received a bursary from AFP Greater Toronto Chapter within the last 5 years

Young professionals of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.


Marnie Spears Bursary

In 2018, Marnie Spears announced her retirement as head of KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.). A celebrated and highly accomplished figure in Canadian fundraising and philanthropy, Marnie has built an impressive resume over the course of her career, including serving as Executive Director, Development and Public Relations for McMaster University as well as her ground-breaking work leading KCI for 23 years. With an impressive track record in both the corporate and charitable sectors, she is a trailblazer having led the growth of KCI to become Canada’s largest and most successful fundraising consultancy. As a long standing AFP Member and supporter of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, the Marnie Spears Endowment Fund was established by her friends, colleagues, and KCI, through the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada to honour Marnie’s incredible leadership within the Canadian philanthropic sector.

Eligibility

In order to be considered, applicants must:

  • Be an emerging leader in the profession
  • Be currently employed at an organization
  • Spend at least 50% of their time on fundraising activities
  • Have been working in the non-profit sector for a minimum of 5 years

Professionals of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.


Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (for all bursaries): Friday, September 24, 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to be as fulsome as possible in responses to all questions as applications will be scored by the Chapter bursary selection committee on the completeness and thoughtfulness of answers. Every applicant will be notified on the success of their application prior to October 26, 2020.

APPLY

For more information or questions regarding the Chapter’s bursary program, please contact Penny Connors, Executive Director, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter at pconnors@afptoronto.org.