Peterborough Area Fundraisers’ Network

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The Peterborough Area Fundraisers’ Network (PAFN) is a network of fundraising individuals who have a desire to share ideas, information, learn and keep up to date on what is happening in the sector. Network members are from non-profit organizations across the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes areas. PAFN offers numerous networking opportunities as well as an exceptional speaker series.

“I am so grateful to have PAFN in our community! Having both a community of fellow fundraisers and an opportunity for such excellent professional development is wonderful – thank you!”

Monthly Meetings

Regular monthly meetings are held at Five Counties Children’s Centre from 7:45 – 9:00 on the 4th Thursday of each month from October to May (except December). Five Counties is located at 872 Dutton Road, Peterborough . Please enter the building by the north (far) door.

Our Next Meeting…

March 28, 2019
Topic: Donor Lifecycle Planning
Do you really understand how your donors do their financial planning? Especially high net worth donors who rarely work with just one lawyer and one financial advisor. In this workshop, you will visually learn how donors convert their income into assets, and then  deplete those assets in retirement. You will gain insights into your own personal financial planning, and how donors make financial decision about major gifts and planned giving. Ted and Adrian will offer you practical sales and marketing tips on how to guide your donors towards planned gifts.
Presenters: Ted Brown, Adrian Fernandes

Time: 7:45 am – 8:00 am Networking
8:00 am – 9:00 am Meeting

Location: Five Counties Children’s Centre, 872 Dutton Road, Peterborough . Please enter the building by the north (far) door.


Getting Permission to Fundraise

Managing an Organization’s Approval Process

Date:  April 11, 2019
Time:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location:  Camp Kawartha, The Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Road, Peterborough
Cost: $26.74 including fees

Your revenue goal is high, and time is tight. But before you can start fundraising, you need permission. Whether it’s a simple nod of approval, or a complicated formal vote, others have to say yes so you can begin. If you’re lucky, getting permission is easy. But often it’s not. And you probably have to convince people who don’t know fundraising. In this workshop, you’ll learn to:

•    Use the approval process to your advantage
•    Navigate decision-making structures efficiently and successfully
•    Grow knowledge of, and respect for, fundraising
•    Enhance your stature and win the confidence of peers and senior leaders
•    Create fundraising allies among Board members, volunteers, and staff

Denny Young returns to Peterborough to share what he’s learned – often the hard way – during a 30-year career in fundraising. Here’s a sample of what PAFN members said about his first session with us:

  • If I could give Denny a 20 on this scale, I would. Engaging, humorous – I could have listened to him talk for hours. Lives & breathes his trade and it shows.
  • Denny nailed it when he said sponsorship people act as interpreters between corporate and nonprofit languages. 
  • Would have loved to have spent a day with Denny. Perhaps we could bring him back for a workshop

Workshop Schedule:
  8:30      Registration and coffee 
  8:45      Welcome and Introductions
  9:00      Workshop begins 
 10:20     Break
 10:45     Workshop resumes 
 12: 30    Workshop ends

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Please note that you or your organization must be a member of PAFN to attend the workshop.If you are not a member, please consider joining PAFN. Even including the PAFN membership fee, you will receive terrific value for your investment.


Thank you to our workshop sponsor and PAFN member, Camp Kawartha.