New at Fundraising Day 2019 - Leader Discussions 

Leader Discussions are forums for leaders to talk with their peers about the issues they deal with every day. They are geared to those with senior level (15-20+ years) experience in the sector. These discussions will provide a unique opportunity for senior leaders to learn what their peers are thinking and doing, and to stretch their thinking about the forces shaping philanthropy, the charitable sector, their donors, organization, staff and senior volunteers. Each discussion is facilitated by a sector leader and the outcome is the conversation itself.  You won’t want to miss them!


Leading Down - Your Staff Team

Facilitated by Caroline Riseboro, President & CEO - Plan International Canada, President - AFP Greater Toronto Chapter


Senior Leaders have two core constituencies – the Board, and the staff. Staff enable your mission to be realized, day in and day out. Your relationship with your staff is key to getting your job done and it’s not an easy task.  Surrounded by your peers, you’ll have the opportunity to frankly explore “leading down” and plethora of issues facing you – recruitment and retention, developing the team for high(er) performance, diversity and inclusion, workplace culture, training and development, competition for talent…the list seems endless. This Leader Discussion is sure to spark some very interesting conversations.


Leading Up - Your Senior Volunteer Team

Facilitated by Nicholas Offord, Senior Vice President - Marts & Lundy International, Senior Consultant and Principal - Offord Group, a Marts & Lundy firm


Senior Leaders have two core constituencies – the Board, and the staff.  The Board helps shape the future of the charity and there’s no relationship more dynamic that between a Board and the chief executive.  Expectations abound and managing a Board can feel like another full-time job.  This Leader Discussion will focus on Boards, the senior volunteers you need to work with, how best to work with them, and the pitfalls you need to avoid to keep your Board performing at its best.



Philip King, Partner - US & Canada, HomeMade Digital 

Mark Banbury, Chief Information Constituent Services Officer, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada


It was not too long ago that when you mentioned 'technology', a senior leader’s thoughts turned to online fundraising. Those days are long gone. Technology is now a core component supporting, and in some cases defining and redefining, our charitable purposes, missions, programs, and organizations. What started with desktop computers and electronic donor databases, technology now touches everything a charity does, from posting on Instagram to chatbots, from AI to AR and VR. Understanding the impact of technology and how it’s changing philanthropy, the sector, our organizations, and our futures is the focus of this important Leader Discussion.



Facilitated by Mide Akerewusi, Founder, AgentC


Once upon a time, leaders equated sustainability with growth. Now, sustainability has new meaning and renewed relevance. The scope of what needs to be 'sustainable' has expanded way beyond just donations and revenue. The important issues facing charities and the sector, like competition from the private sector, the fight for talent, staff turnover, volunteer recruitment and engagement, and levels of public trust in charities, all speak to a leader’s need to understand sustainability and the lens it provides for both organizational growth, and survival.

For more information about sessions, please contact us at or 416-941-9212.

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