We had a series of outstanding governance meetings over the past few weeks. First, our Canadian Leadership Retreat in Calgary, and then the next week, our Summer Board Meetings in Washington, D.C.
The Canadian Retreat was very unique this year, as Calgary had been hit by severe flooding. The relief efforts have been challenging, but also have brought the city together. The Calgary Stampede, one of the largest rodeos in the world, was also occurring, so it was a very inspiring time to be there. Many of us took a day to help out with the relief efforts, and we managed to raise $2,300 for the Calgary Foundation’s relief efforts over the two days of the retreat.
The discussions at the retreat covered a wide variety of topics, from branding in Canada to government relations. There is a whirlwind of government relations activity in Canada with some great opportunities for us to work with government to create new giving incentives, and our Government Relations Committee is developing a public policy tool kit for members and chapters. The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada is helping to fund the kit, as well as a follow-up survey to our original “What Canadian Donors Want” research.
It was sweltering in D.C. for our Summer Board Meetings (temperatures reaching 107!), but we enjoyed a number of interesting and insightful discussions as we focused on our next strategic plan. The relationship between the association and the foundations has never been closer, and you can see that in our planning for projects and programs for the coming years. The synergy between the organizations will make for an even stronger AFP and allow us to truly focus our efforts on what matters: helping you create impact at your organizations.
And we were excited to welcome three new chapters into the AFP community: the Illinois, Tri State Regional Chapter, the Missouri State Collegiate Chapter and the Ohio, Wright State University Collegiate Chapter. Congratulations to these new chapters and members, and many thanks to the chapters who sponsored them!
More news will be coming out of these meetings in the future. I’ll keep you posted on these developments and as always, please comment if you have any questions about these or any other AFP projects.