Hey, Mom – I Want to be a Fundraiser!

By Phil Gérard

This could be summarized as my vision for the future as a recruiter and talent manager in the fundraising sector, and as someone who simply loves our profession.

Strategic planning experts say that a vision should be achievable – ideally in the next 5 years. Goodness, do we have a lot of work ahead!!

The good news is that AFP Vancouver has created a new committee – Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). I’m excited to be chairing it.

Last year, a YIP taskforce comprised of UBC Development and Alumni Engagement colleagues have started brainstorming ideas on how to reach the next generation of fundraisers (and in their language).

Initial ideas have been

  • Creating collateral material promoting the profession and summarizing the educational pathways (how to actually get there!)
  • Liaising with high school counselors
  • Speaking engagement at university clubs, high school career days
  • Attending career fairs in universities and high schools
  • Start and internship program

We attended two career fairs last year and the interest of the students in the profession was impressive! The question almost everyone asked was: “So, what do I do, what do I study?”

We have to do a lot of work making it easier for up and coming fundraisers to understand what the educational options are and what else to do to be employable.

I invite discussion on this as we are embarking on this YIP initiative in Vancouver. And of course I am recruiting enthusiastic AFP Vancouver members to shine as members of this new committee.

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