AFP Philanthropy Book Club - 2018/2019

A group of non-profit professionals will get together over four sessions and discuss the book “Donor Centred Leadership” by Penelope Burk. Attendees can expect a unique and intimate PD opportunity where they can ask questions, share their experiences and dive deeper into discussions with their peers, around leadership in the non-profit sector.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 to Wednesday, February 6, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
​​​​​​​Vantage Point (downtown), 1183 Melville St, Vancouver, BC  V6E 0A3

What does it take to build a high performance fundraising team?
This and other questions will be discussed at the next AFP Philanthropy Book club, as a group of non-profit leaders get together and discuss Penelope Burk’s book “Donor Centered Leadership”.

Who should attend and why?
This professional development experience is best suited for executive leaders in not-for-profit organizations, specifically those who work closely with or manage a fundraising team.

Not only is this book club a great way to read a fundraising “textbook” that you’ve been meaning to get to for a while, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn from, share stories (commiserate?) with and network with other leaders in the industry about the prevalent issue of retaining quality fundraisers.

How it works
The book club will consist of four sessions, where participants will read the designated chapters before attending each meeting. Facilitators will be there to ask questions and guide the conversation along. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with topics and experiences they’re most interested in exploring further.

Those who register are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions. This will allow attendees to have deeper conversations, form stronger relationships and explore ideas with the group that can be built upon over several sessions.


Location & Time:
Vantage Point (downtown) between 5:30 – 7:30pm
1183 Melville St, Vancouver, BC  V6E 0A3

Dates & Reading Assignments:

  • Wed, November 7, 2018 -  Introduction & Discussion of chapters 1 -4
  • Wed, December 12, 2018 – Discussion of chapters 5- 8
  • Wed, January 9, 2019 – Discussion of chapters 9 - 11
  • Wed, February 6, 2019 – Wrap-up & Discussion of chapters 12 - 15

$60 for AFP members
$75 for non-members

  • Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to bring in your own food or beverage of choice to the meetings
  • Participants are responsible for acquiring the book themselves (see promo code below)

There’s only 16 spots available for this opportunity, so register now!

The AFP Professional Development Committee is proud to offer this unique PD opportunity to our members!

Facilitators for this book club are:

  • Deb Amba-Sluggett , Director of Philanthropy & Government Relations , Take A Hike Foundation
  • Victoria Caros, Annual Giving and Community Relations Officer, St. John’s School
  • Larissa Hayes, Director of Development, Vantage Point
  • Charlotte Jones, Business Systems Coordinator, Vancouver Foundation

If you have any questions please contact us at


More about the book:
This book is the perfect selection for our book club, as it’s been a highly anticipated by many professionals in the industry, after the author’s first book “Donor-Centred Fundraising” was such a hit!

*SPECIAL PROMOTION* Enter the coupon code afpbookclub for 10% off this book.  Click the here to order your copy now. Your order will be shipped in approximately 5-10 business days, after the order has been placed.

In Donor-Centered Leadership Penelope Burk tackles one of our most frustrating and costly problems – the high turnover rate of staff and the financial toll it takes on not-for-profits. In plain language, backed by compelling research with over 12,000 fundraisers, Board members, CEOs, and donors, Penelope reveals how not-for-profits can raise much more money by bringing staff attrition under control.


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Please Note!

if you are a member purchasing a ticket for a guest who is a non-member please specify in the above notes section so that we may touch base with you regarding the non-member rate balance of $15.75 per non-member guest.

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