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professional development series

PAFN is a member-driven organization, and our monthly meetings are a great opportunity for members to connect, network and learn together. Professional development is central to our meetings, and we invite a variety of speakers to address relevant topics during our sessions. 

Our monthly professional development and networking sessions are hosted from September to May. Join us at the Alzheimer Society (18-360 George St. N, Peterborough) or via Zoom.

Not a PAFN member? Join PAFN now, or register on Eventbrite for ad hoc meeting attendance.

2023/24 series

AGM, Session and Workshop: Understanding the Evolution of Planned Giving to Strategic Philanthropy 

Ed Sluga

September 28, 2023

Community Engagement: Upsizing Impact by Empowering People

Intro: VOlunteer peterborough

Stephanie LeBlanc

Lois Tuffin

October 26, 2023

Vital Focus on Peterborough's Charitable Sector

Jennifer DeBues

November 23, 2023

Imposter syndrome

Mimosa Kabir
January 25, 2024

Collecting Courage book club

Nneka Allen

February 22, 2024

Empower Hour: Collective Wisdom Session

Member networking session

March 28, 2024

Change Management Strategies for Fundraisers

Chris LeBlanc

April 25, 2024

Workshop: Indigenous Protocols for Fundraisers

Rowena Atkinson / New School of Fundraisers

May 23, 2024

This year's Professional Development Series is proudly sponsored by:

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Our workshops are a great opportunity for members to deep-dive into a specific topic relating to fundraising. These sessions are typically longer than our monthly meetings, so set aside some time and join us! 


Join us for our next in-person social and networking event. Our socials are a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow fundraisers and build your network right here in Peterborough!


list of past sessions


JAN: How to avoid burnout and balance it all, Lacey Kempinski & Dr. Emily Bennett

FEB: Direct Marketing, John Lepp

MAR: Government relations, Lauren Hunt

APR: Reconciliation in Philanthropy, Mitch Huguenin & Julie Davis

MAY: Workshop: Secrets of Major Gifts Fundraising, Rudy Massimo



JAN: Using Grant Connect part of your fundraising strategy, Eeman Khan

FEB: Integrating Social Media Effectively for a Fundraising Boost, Brock Warner

MAR: Planned Giving, Lesley Heighway

APR: Benefits of Project Management, Jeremy Spencley

MAY: Workshop: Dismantling Harmful Best Practices in Philanthropy & Fundraising, Tanya Hannah Rumble and Nicole McVan

SEP: Philanthropy during a pandemic, Chonee Dennis

OCT: To Be or Not To Be - Events in the Age of COVID, Jessica Santhippillai, Yvonne Lai

NOV: What's so Major about Major Gifts? Emily Vassiliadis, Alex Tindale, Anne Ondercin



JAN: Granted - Take your application to the next level and get your grant (almost) every time, Jen Johnstone

FEB: The Power of Storytelling, Carol Lawless & Lois Tuffin

MAR: How to become a CFRE, Dane Bland

APR: Gathering Evidence of Impact, Judith Koke

MAY: Workshop: Monthly Giving Totally Rocks! Sam Laprade

SEP: Ontario Not-for Profit Corporations, Benjamin Miller

OCT: Corporate Prospect to Corporate Partner , Heather Nelson

NOV: Understanding how to implement a successful accessibility strategy, Adam Spencer



JAN: Budgeting Basics, Martin Barclay

APR: Virtual Coffee Klatch

MAY: Workshop: Major Gifts in a COVID-19 world, Nicole Beatty

JUN: Transitioning to Virtual - a moderated discussion with Victoria van Veen

JUL: Planning for Virtual Events, Sarah Bass, Alex Tindale, Carol Lawless, Joanne Sokolowski

SEP: Lessons in Pot, Sam Laprade

OCT: Utilizing Customer-Centric Innovation to set your non-profit up for long-term success, Dennis Geelen

NOV: Giving Trends, Theresa Marques



JAN: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy, Neil Hannam

FEB: Rural Giving in Peterborough Kawartha, Dianne Lister, Jennifer Cureton, Tara King

MAR: Donor Lifecycle Panning, Ted Brown & Adrian Fernandes

APR: To CFRE or Not to CFRE, Emily Vassiliadis, Cynthia J. Armour, Julie Davis, Mike McClintock, Dane Shumak

MAY: Maximize Online Donations with Google Ad Grants, Cory Marazzo & Jamie McClure

AUG: Workshop: Getting Permission to Fundraise, Denny Young

SEP: How Generous is the Generous Business Community? Stu Harrison

OCT: Money Mindset and Fundraising, Cathy Mann

NOV: When Women Give, Theresa Butler-Porter 


JAN: Ethically Speaking, Ann Rosenfield

FEB: What is Prospect Management All About? Shannon Byers & Brenda Boyes

MAR: Inclusivity in Fundraising, Kemi Akapo, Kim Dolan, Carol Lawless & Casey Ready

APR: Giving Tuesday Webinar, Lys Hugessen

MAY: Corporate Partnerships, Denny Young

SEP: Emerging Trends in Philanthropy, Nicole Gagliardi

OCT: What Donors Want to Know, Sam Laprade


JAN: Creating impact through donor-centered fundraising, Lesley Heighway

MAR: Myths vs. Facts – Generational Fundraising Shift, Hannah Routly

OCT: Developing a Work Plan for Sustainability, Nicole Beatty

NOV: Self Care in Fundraising, Jane Wilders

NOV: Prospect Research and Management, Shannon Byers



JAN: You’ve Got Mail, Neil Hannam

FEB: Stop Wasting Time Networking, Karen August

APR: How to Tell When You’ve Got a Real News Story AND How to Use a Media Release to Give it Traction, Jane Davidson

SEP: Emerging Challenges & Trends in Fundraising, Chonee Dennis

OCT: Building Strong Board and Staff Fundraising Teams, Cynthia Armour

NOV: Digging through your Database, Steve MacDonald & Dave Adams


JAN: Social Enterprise 101, Frances Wilbur & Natalie Napier

FEB: Media, Market, Message in Social Media, Jeannine Taylor

MAR: Youth Engagement, Nicole Gagliardi

APR: Helping your Board “Get It”, Neil Hannam & Bob Baker

MAY: Professional Accreditation, Theresa Butler-Porter

OCT: Best practices in Donor Stewardship, Dianne Lister

NOV: Reciprocal Relationships in Foundation Philanthropy, John Good, Syd Birrell, Nancy Martin, Jenn Miller



FEB: Strategic Planning Innovation

MAR: Events Planning

MAY: Summer Survival Strategies, Cynthia Armour

SEP: The 10 Commandments of Fundraising Events, Lisa Clarke

OCT: Organizational Storytelling, Carol Lawless

NOV: Media Panel Discussion



FEB: Strategic Planning for Fund Developers

MAR: Engaging Your Board

MAY: Engaging Tomorrow's Youth in Volunteerism

SEP: The Social Kind of Innovation

OCT: 7 Secrets to Social Media



FEB: OTF Information Session

MAR: Building Communities via Social Media

APR: Social Media Strategizing

MAY: Donor Stewardship

OCT: Trends in Fundraising



FEB: Strategic Communication and Issue Management

MAR: Building Your Membership

SEP: What Your Donors Aren't Telling You

OCT: The Board's Role in Fundraising Success

NOV: Philanthropic Trends



FEB: Writing Direct Mails

MAR: Accessibility Standards for Customer Service

APR: Fundraising with Generation X & Y Presentation

MAY: Creating a Successful Year-End Fundraising Appeal

SEP: Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

OCT: Planned Giving - Theory vs. Reality

NOV: Stewardship Best Practices in Canada

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