building community through investments, leadership, and philanthropy

Philanthropy Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility
2700 Audley Road North, Ajax, ON L1Z 1T7
Cost: $75 per person

Join Durham Community Foundation, charities and nonprofit leaders throughout the Region of Durham for a full day of learning, sharing expertise, and networking. Here’s a snapshot of our presentations:

Fundraising Trends 

  • Presented by Nicole Nakoneshny @ Ketchum
  • Evidence based research will be provided to development professionals with a picture of where we are now and where we are heading, with specific focus on how emerging trends should be factored into fundraising strategies.

Switching Gears – How a strong business model can transform a grass roots agency 

  • Presented by Dianne McKenzie @ Epilepsy Durham Region
  • Dianne shares her experience on how strengthening community partnerships has enhanced their ability to work smarter and generate greater revenues. For example, their annual golf tournament now nets $100,000.

Collaborations and Mergers

  • Presented by Valerie Campbell @ Valerie Campbell & Associates and Anna Naud @ Mason Bennett Johncox
  • Funders are looking to stretch their giving dollars by funding collaborative projects and charities are merging, like the recent merger of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) with Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support (Willow). Is this a trend or the future of the philanthropic sector?

Monthly Giving Programs – What You Need to Know

  • Presented by Peter Hoppe, CFRE @ Fundamentals
  • Do you currently have, or are you considering, a monthly giving program as part of your organization’s development plan? Peter will share his expertise in developing a successful monthly giving program and provide you with case examples.

Secure your Charity’s support in a noisy world – Tech Trends & how CanadaHelps can help!

  • Presented by Paul Nazareth @ Canada Helps
  • Mobile is increasingly how Canadians live. Digital donations are an important part of your communication and fundraising strategy. We will review some trends in 2017 technology and Paul will share how CanadaHelps and using technology – in a simple and practical way – can help advance your mission and bottom line.


Registration cost is $75 per person and includes a light breakfast, morning break, lunch and afternoon break.

Registration is now open, please click here to register!

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