September 27th, 2020

Aiding future philanthropists


By Submitted Article on January 16, 2020.

AFP offering scholarships for students who serve their community

Submitted by the Association

of Fundraising Professionals

Are you starting the year off with a commitment to helping your community? If so, you may be eligible for one of five scholarships, with a total value of $4,000, that are available from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) local chapter.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Grade 12 or first-year post-secondary student who best exemplifies positive civic and community support through their interest in, commitment to and active involvement in volunteer and philanthropic causes. Applicants must be a student expected to graduate from Grade 12 or complete their first year of post-secondary studies in spring 2020 to be eligible for this scholarship. The award is to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Inspiring Philanthropy Awards celebrated in Lethbridge, in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day.

The goal of the scholarship is to promote future leadership in volunteerism and philanthropy. It is the hope of the AFP – Southern Alberta Chapter that the award winner’s chosen education area will nurture a continued interest in community service through volunteerism and philanthropy. The $1,000 scholarship is funded by the AFP – Southern Alberta Chapter. The $1,000 scholarship recipient will be recognized during the AFP-Southern Alberta Chapter National Philanthropy Day 2020 celebration luncheon and is expected to be in attendance

The Inspiring Philanthropy in Lethbridge & Southwestern Alberta Scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

– Demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of life for others in Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta through active participation in volunteer and philanthropic activities.

– Demonstrated capacity to inspire and motivate others to serve as community volunteers and to fundraise for community needs.

– Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy through personal involvement to a significant degree in a specific non-profit community organization (e.g. homeless shelters, food banks, hospitals, assisting the handicapped and others in need, and neighbourhood projects).

– Preference will be given to applicants indicating a desire to pursue a career in fund development.

The deadline for submitting the completed application to AFP – Southern Alberta Chapter is May 15, 2020. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by June 15, 2020.

For professionals already working in the charitable sector, AFP – Southern Chapter encourages members to embrace education and credentialing as a pathway to advance their professional career. Four scholarships of $750 each are available to Fundraising Professionals for local, national or international learning opportunities.

Last year, four recipients attended the Western Canadian Fundraising Conference, in Saskatoon. AFP – Southern Alberta Chapter president Jess Fehr said, “The highlight of the Western Canadian Fundraising Conference was the master class with Simone Joyaux. She talked about leadership and how you can be a leader without the ‘CEO, President, Executive Director’ title. This resonated with me as there are a lot of small shops in our community and we need each colleague to step up and help make change!”

Fundraising Professionals wanting to review the criteria, to receive an application or for deadlines should contact: afp.southernalberta@gmail.com or find additional information at https://community.afpnet.org/afpabsouthernchapter/new-item5/new-item.

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