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…

Thursday October 25, 2018

Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Speaking to Donors on the Phone

The phone sits on our desk and stares at us.  Picking up the phone to call donors can be a challenge… and sometimes the phone feels like it weighs 500lbs!  As fundraisers we know the importance of calling donors to thank them but—how, when, what do we say and most importantly, who should be talk to?

Sam Laprade, Director, Gryphon Fundraising, will lead an interactive session that addresses stewardship strategies, the donor database and most importantly, techniques to help you raise more money for your organization.

Making “cold” calls can be a daunting task, but this session will break through the fear and make them “warm” calls that may generate more revenue for your worthy cause.  You will leave this session wanting to pick up the phone and start connecting with your donors!

Learning outcomes:

  • How to manage calling your donors into your very busy day
  • What to say to donors about your organization and most importantly what not to say
  • Who to call: the database metrics that leads to “low hanging fruit”
  • Stewardship and donor relations strategies
  • How to pick up the phone and enjoy this touch point with their donors

Presented by: Sam Laprade, Marketing Director, Gryphon Fundraising

Time: 7:45 am – 8:00 am Networking
8:00 am – 9:15 am  AGM and Presentation


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

Special Invitation to Members, Board and Donors

What Donors Need to Know

Are you considering making a gift to a charity? Donors today are understandably asking more of charitable nonprofits. With an emphasis on impact, donors want to know that their major gifts and planned gifts will have a desired change in society.

This session will focus on the questions donors should pose to fundraisers when structuring major and planned giving including organizational continuity, gift designation for specific purposes, and measuring the benefits to those helped by your gifts. In the past, donors have been accustomed to giving to general funds; however, today, donors are better informed and educated about their rights. In addition, Sam will explore what to expect from charities after a gift is pledged or given with reference to stewardship and care of donors.

Sam Laprade, CFRE is an accomplished fundraiser with over 27 years’ experience in fundraising and public relations. Sam raised funds for larger charities including hospitals and smaller nonprofits including many social service agencies. Currently Sam consults with many fundraising organisations in the area of annual giving, major gifts planning and executive coaching. Sam’s donor stewardship expertise has helped charities to transform their donor cycle, and her expertise in working with financial advisors has helped high net worth clients transfer substantial wealth to the charitable sector. In addition, Sam builds donor analytics with clients across Canada, the US and Australia and is one of 20 Session Leaders invited to the International Fundraising Conference (IFC) in 2018 in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ashburnham Funeral Home and Reception Centre


Thank you to our generous sponsor:  Ashburnham Funeral Home and Reception Centre