It is my pleasure to serve as the President of the AFP Manitoba Chapter. Our chapter is one of 21 chapters here in Canada and more than 200 worldwide. As fundraising professionals, we share a commitment to our profession that is expressed through our adherence to ethical standards and best practices. Our association brings together individuals and organizations that serve their communities in many ways, through a variety of sectors, representing a wide range of demographics, each driven by mission statements that tackle some of society’s most important issues. It’s wonderful work and I am incredibly proud to be involved… every, single, day.
As Manitoba has repeatedly earned the honour as the province with the highest level of charitable giving in Canada, philanthropy here is thriving! All the more reason to have a vibrant and active professional association. Our members participate in regular professional development activities, certification training and education, networking opportunities and recognition events like the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards. Through the hard work of our entire volunteer board and their committees, the chapter delivers programming that supports our members and equips them with the tools they need to be successful in this rewarding (and yes, demanding) work.
As the charitable sector continues to grow and evolve, our association has an important and leading role to play. Our Manitoba Chapter just recently celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2016. In the first two decades, our membership has grown to more than 200 professionals. Empowered by a growing membership, our local chapter is looking forward to building on the priorities shared by our colleagues in Canada and around the world: connecting more deeply within our richly diverse communities, providing more opportunities for career development and increasing awareness of AFP in our community. There are many great challenges ahead. I am really looking forward to continuing this work with our Chapter.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in our Chapter, I would love to speak with you! Please feel free to get in touch with me at anytime! Or, if you would like to sign up to be on our e-mail distribution list for upcoming events, please do so here.
Carolyn Basha, CFRE
AFP Manitoba Chapter President