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AFP launches initiative on diversity and philanthropy

October 10, 2012

Last week, I attended a really inspiring press conference about a new initiative of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.  Called From Diversity to Inclusion in Philanthropy: An Action Plan for Ontario’s Charitable and Not-for-Profit Sectorthe new three-year initiative “will offer in-depth inclusion-oriented education, training and networking activities for Ontario-based non-profit leaders, fundraisers, volunteers and donors.”

I’m excited to serve on the advisory committee for the South Asian philanthropy conference, with more information to come soon here.  The press conference included speeches by Minister Charles Sousa and organizers Krishan Mehta and Justin Poy, as well as AFP leadership.

Here’s a summary from the press release:

One of the goals of this project is to mobilize giving amongst a number of ethno-cultural and immigrant groups, Indigenous peoples, women, youth, individuals with disabilities, Francophone-Ontarians and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered populations. This project is supported by Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and funds will be used to help with the organization of a series of one-day conferences and the development of an online philanthropy and inclusion “toolkit” for fundraisers and donors.

They have an interactive website for the initiative already – check it out and follow them on Twitter @InclusiveGiving.  I look forward to seeing what the AFP comes up with on this exciting new initiative!

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