Professional Development

2010 AGM 3Monthly Meetings

Regular monthly meetings are held at Five Counties Children’s Centre in Peterborough on the 4th Thursday of each month from September to May (with the exception of December). Five Counties is located at 872 Dutton Road, Peterborough ON.

Become a PAFN member to attend monthly meetings: Membership Form (Submit Online)

2017 – 2018 Professional Development Series

Thursday September 28, 2017 Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Session: Small Shops, Big Successes.

Over 80% of donations in Canada go to 2% of the now almost 87,000 charities in the country – what is a small shop to do? Our speaker has personally visited over 1000 small charities in every province of Canada over the past 3 years and observed their fundraising wins and losses. Come learn about what are the most important “do right now” things to get done before the giving season peaks in December, what you need to strategically “stop doing” and most importantly what a small shop can do to get transformational and long term donors. The big take away will be what super-powers most small shops don’t know they have to outmaneuver big charities. You will leave with concrete ideas to raise more money right away, in 2018 and beyond.

Presented by: Paul Nazareth, Vice President of Community Engagement,, CanadaHelps

Thursday October 26, 2017: Developing a Work Plan for Sustainability

Description: Nicole Beatty will be speaking to our group about how to develop a long-term strategy for growth and planning.  Through this 45-minute talk members will receive useful guidance in planning the business case for their nonprofits and/or charitable causes.  Learn how to effectively monitor and track your fundraising success, as well as forecast your cash flow and donor development for sustainability and impact.

Presented by: Nicole Beatty, BA Hons Comm, CFRE, President Nicbea & Company

Thursday November 23, 2017: Self Care in Fundraising

Description: In this compact presentation we will define terms like compassion fatigue and burnout. Participants will have the opportunity to identify “what’s on my plate”, assess their personal warning signs and develop a self-care map / stress reduction tool box to help balance life and work.

Presented by: Jane Wilders, MA, RP, (Cert)OACCPP, Community Counselling and Resource Centre / Family Services E.A.P.

Thursday January 26, 2018: Ethics/Risk (via video conference)

Presented by: Ann Rosenfield MBA, CFRE, Editor Hilborn News


Thursday February 23, 2018: What is Prospect Management All About?

Description: Major gifts are the holy grail for your Executive Director. There’s a greater chance of success if you have a solid prospect management program. Shannon will lead you through the fundamentals of prospect research and management, while Brenda will help translate them for use in a small organization/ department.
Presented by:

Shannon Byers, MLIS, BA History, Prospect Researcher & Analyst, Trent University and Brenda Boyes, BA, Graduate Certificate in Fundraising from Humber College, Fund Development Co-Coordinator, Friends of Honduran Children


Thursday March 23, 2018: Inclusivity in Fundraising Panel

Presented by: Kim Dolan: Executive Director, Peterborough Aids Research Network, Carol Lawless: Fund Development Coordinator, New Canadian Centre, Kemi Akapo, Settlement Services Coordinator, New Canadian Centre, Casey Ready: PhD, MSW, BSW, Executive Director Community Counselling and Resource Centre


Thursday April 27, 2018: Metrics in OTF Grants

Presented by: Blair DiMock: Vice-President, Partnerships & Knowledge Ben McNamee: Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Business Intelligence


Thursday May 25, 2018: Sponsorship

Presented by: Denny Young: MA, BA, CFRE, Professor/Program Coordinator – Fundraising Management Program Humber College


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

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