Officially back in person since 2019, the fundraising community couldn’t be more excited for Fundraising Day. In a sector that is dedicated to making the world better and where human connection is paramount, this is exactly what Ottawa needs to continue making our communities better.
Join AFP Ottawa, on May 25th at The Shaw Centre from 8 am to 4:30 pm, where fundraising professionals, leaders and community builders will unite to connect, learn and collaborate.
This conference will recognize the leaders and organizations in the non-profit sector who lived through the pandemic. Whether their organization survived, adapted, built resilience, or were forced to temporarily or permanently reduce programs and services, the fundraising community will make the time to recognize and celebrate the impeccable efforts by dedicated members of our society to keep Ottawa and surrounding communities strong.
While most charities and non-profit organizations were able to adapt and innovate during the pandemic, the situation for many others was incredibly challenging. The constraints and uncertainty of the pandemic, paired with unpredictable social distancing mandates, brought significant changes to organizational priorities, and dramatically changed how organizations now operate.
“Today, as the world opens up, non-profit organizations and charities are navigating the challenges of the growing gap between capacity and demand, along with revenue and resources. This challenge is influencing staffing decisions and volunteer contributions,” says Solange Tuyishime Keita, this year’s Fundraising Day co-chair, adding that the gap goes even further.
“While most large organizations with greater visibility, connections and influence were able to thrive in recent years, smaller community organizations had to close their doors. In 2023, we are navigating a struggling economy, a decline in charitable giving and a workforce crisis amid increased demand for services.”
How do we close these gaps in a way that will strengthen the non-profit sector as whole toand support all the communities this sector serves?
We elevate to empower
A call to all Canadians and leaders to unite, engage and collaborate to ensure no charity and non-profit is left behind. From the largest charities to the smallest community organization, we invite you to join us for Fundraising Day to invest in your development, and collectively share best practices and strategies to elevate the non-profit sector.
We will explore greater engagement and financial gifts and re-examine the fundraising culture to strengthen our ability to secure crucial funding for the long-term viability of organizations.
These are some of the many conversations we are looking to lean into.
“To advance and truly leave no organization behind, we need to reflect on where we are as a sector todayand engage in open and honest dialogues that challenge us to explore realistic solutions for the future. Solutions that will elevate all members of our sector to empower the communities we are committed to serve,” adds Tuyishime Keita.