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Celebrating 2016 National Philanthropy Day in New Brunswick

AFP New Brunswick Chapter celebrates National Philanthropy Day.

Canada was the first country to permanently recognize November 15th as National Philanthropy Day:  a day to recognize the philanthropic achievements of volunteers, fundraisers, charities and organizations.

Parliament passed Bill S-201 on November 5, 2012 to approve the day's designation. Citizens around the world and in Canada have been honouring the day unofficially since 1986.

According to StatsCan's Giving Volunteering and Participating survey, almost half of all Canadians volunteer. In 2010, “nearly 24 million people, or 84% of the population aged 15 and over, made a financial donation to a charitable or non-profit organization, for a total of $10.6 billion.” At the same time, more than 13.3 million people, or 47% of the population contributed 2.1 billion hours of their time annually for an equivalent of 1.1 million jobs performed through volunteering.

With support from Taylor Printing Group Inc. of Fredericton, the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (“AFP”) New Brunswick Chapter is celebrating National Philanthropy Day in the province by organizing a Professional Development presentation:  Building A Successful Annual Giving Campaign From Where You Are, featuring Catherine Hinton, CFRE and a panellist of seasoned fundraisers on November 15, 2016.

A seasoned fundraising professional, Catherine Hinton is Vice-President, Philanthropy at the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.  In a fundraising career spanning almost 30 years, she has raised millions of dollars for health care and social service organizations.  A native of Ontario, Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University, a Certificate in Voluntary Sector and Arts Management from York University and a Certificate in Leadership Training and Development from the Schulich School of Business. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2003 through AFP, the only internationally recognized fundraising accreditation program.

“With projected economic uncertainty and growing government austerity, an integrated, annual giving campaign should be your organization’s fundraising priority.  This luncheon presentation will cover the essential tools that lead to fundraising success for you to better sustain… and grow your organization.”

- Catherine Hinton, CFRE

Professional Development Presentation:  Building A Successful Annual Giving Campaign From Where You Are

This presentation is intended for Executive Directors and Managers, professional fundraisers, development staff, members of Board of Directors and volunteers.

Topics covered:  Direct mail appeals  •  Grant writing • Special events  •  Planned giving  •  Marketing and communications  •  Donor record-keeping and stewardship  •  Board involvement

Panel discussion featuring: 

• Kelly Evans, Executive Director, Greater Saint John Community Foundation

• Laurie Flood, Executive Director, St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation

• Stephanie Fox, Director of Philanthropy, Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation

• Debbie McInnis, Executive Director, United Way Centraide, Greater Moncton & Southeastern New Brunswick

• Scott Williams, CEO, Taylor Printing Group Inc.


Dates:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time:  11:30 am for networking, with presentation luncheon from 11:45 to 1:00

Location:  Hatheway Pavilion at Lily Lake, 55 Lake Drive South, Saint John

Registration fee:  $30 for AFP and AHP Members, and $35 for Non-Members (includes lunch).  Tables of 8 for $240

Tickets:  Available online through Eventbrite


Media Contact:  Darren McLeod, AFP New Brunswick Chapter (506) 343-3844 or at

AFP New Brunswick Chapter

AFP is the largest international association of fundraising professionals in the world, with more than 30,000 members in over 230 Chapters in Canada, the United States, Mexico and China.  There are 3,500 members in 20 Chapters in Canada providing essential leadership to the country’s robust charitable sector.

Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s members collectively raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. 

Formed in April, 2015, AFP New Brunswick advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising.  Its members are committed to upholding AFP’s Code of Ethical Standards, the Donors Bill of Rights, culture of philanthropy and donor-centred fundraising when serving their organizations, and the donors and funders who support them.

AFP’s mandate is to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals by promoting philanthropy and high ethical standards in fundraising and nonprofit management through advocacy, research, education, professional development and certification programs.