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Welcome to the Calgary & Area Chapter

AFP Calgary & Area Chapter was founded in 1996 and has now nearly 400 active AFP members, who serve as development directors, fundraising consultants, grant writers, volunteer fundraisers, foundation executive and other individuals dedicated to fundraising and philanthropy.

AFP Calgary & Area has regular scheduled lunch meeting featuring local speakers and topic relevant to your every day work.  The chapter also offers education and networking opportunities such as Banff Compass, National Philanthropy Day luncheon, audio conferences and CFRE study groups to help meet the needs of fundraisers at all levels.






Banff Compass

Date: May 24th - May 27th, 2015
Location: Banff Centre
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Banff Compass offers a world class lineup of speakers and education sessions. This year will mark the 4th Banff Compass and you won't want to miss the exciting lineup of Keynote Speakers and Concurrent learning sessions. Earn CFRE credits while gaining insight and inspiration.

The AFP Calgary & Area Chapter is inviting you to join them in Banff, Alberta May 24th - May 27th, 2015. This is your opportunity to meet up with old friends while developing new acquaintances. You can connect with mentors and establish new contacts with a variety of service providers to help further your business development plans. It's a Western Canada conference that offers a world class line-up of opportunities.

You don't want to miss:

  • listening and learning from top international industry experts like Simone Joyaux, June Bradham and Paul Shoemaker
  • engaging with new and seasoned peers in a spectacular, yet relaxed setting
  • an investment in your career that will enhance your skills in an economical way
  • earning those CFRE points!
  • a chance to immerse yourself in the majestic Rocky Mountains while taking in the sounds of up and coming world renowned musical artists.

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Hotel Room Bookings

When calling the Banff Centre to book hotel rooms, please use the code AFP1504

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Fundamentals of Fundraising

Date: March 20 - 21, 2015

Location: Holiday Inn, Macleod Trail, Kananaskis Room 

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course was developed with a foundation from the Essentials of Fundraising Program and the First Course and is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to met the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This 16 hour program includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning and experience both substantive and enjoyable. The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques.

This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques and program components for individuals with 0-4 years of fundraising experience. Full participation in the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is applicable for 16.0 points of CFRE Credit id Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE international application for initial certification and/or re-certification.

The modules are:
Module 1: Overview of Fundraising
Module 2: Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
Module 3: Marketing for Ongoing Success
Module 4: Building and Sustaining Relationships
Module 5: Securing the Gift
Module 6: Volunteers - Partners in Fundraising
Module 7: Management and Accountability

This course will be taking place over two days from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks will be provided daily and is included in the price of the course.



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