Philanthropy Book Club | Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Vancouver Chapter

Philanthropy Book Club

As fundraisers, we know how important first impressions are! For the third offering of our AFP Philanthropy Book Club, we’ve selected the book “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know” by Malcolm Gladwell.

Participants can expect a unique and intimate Professional Development opportunity where they can ask questions, share their experiences and dive deeper into discussions with their peers. The facilitators will be tying Gladwell’s stories & theories to the non-profit sector.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Vantage Point, 1183 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3

"Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.” ~ Goodreads review (2019)

The book club will consist of three sessions, where participants will read the designated chapters before attending each meeting. Facilitators will ask questions and guide the conversation. 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 participants to have deeper conversations, form stronger relationships and explore ideas with the group that can be built upon over the three sessions. 


Dates & Reading Assignments

Wednesday, January 22nd

Introduction & Chapters 1-4

Wednesday, February 19th

Chapters 5-8

Tuesday, March 24th

Chapters 9-12 & Wrap-Up

Location & Time

Vantage Point (downtown) 5:30 – 7:30pm
1183 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC  V6E 0A3


There are only TWENTY spots available for this great opportunity, so register now!

  • $60 for AFP members
  • $75 for non-members

Other Notes

  • Light snacks as well as refreshments (both alcoholic and non) will be provided. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food or beverage of choice to the sessions.
  • Participants are responsible for acquiring the book themselves.


  • Charlotte Fox, Business Systems Coordinator, Vancouver Foundation
  • Victoria Caros, Annual Giving & Community Relations Officer, St. John’s School 

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