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Happy Friday!

Another week has ended and just in time for the weekend, I have some ideas in case you are planning your professional development calendar for the next few months 🙂

Have a great (and hopefully still sunny) weekend!

Best wishes,

Phil

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Happy Friday!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at AFP Vancouver‘s breakfast event as part of a panel discussing the issue of retention in our profession.

In an environment where high turnover has become the norm, we have to find ways to encourage good people to stay. Advancement within the organization was identified as one of the ways to keep talent. Instilling a culture of ongoing professional development in an organization is part of that. However, employees should not expect that it will all be organized and handed to them. We have to be proactive about our own professional development. Identify where you want to be, discuss with your manager what pieces are missing, and then strategically work on developing those areas.

One of the points that were brought up was training in management. Often strong fundraisers get promoted to management positions with little experience leading people. Some audience members suggested management and leadership programs at the Justice Institute and at Vantage Point. I also found some certificate programs (including non-profit management certificates) at SFU.

And here are some more professional development opportunities that came across my desk…

Best,

Phil

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Happy Friday!

I hope many of you are able to enjoy Spring Break this week or next. Wherever you are, on a beach somewhere, or relaxing at home, I wish you a wonderful and rejuvenating time. And if you are in the mood to think about your professional development (LOL) there is some inspiration for you below…

Best,

Phil

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Happy Friday! The ‘war on (fundraising) talent’ remains a big challenge for our profession. In its next breakfast seminar, AFP Vancouver will be addressing the importance of holding on to talent as a way of defence. I am excited to be part of a panel with Natalie Meixner (Richmond Hospital Foundation) and Vicky Chandi (BC Children’s Hospital Foundation) discussing strategies on “Retaining the Next Generation of Fundraisers”. I look forward to seeing you there on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Vancouver.

And here are some additional events that came across my desk…

Best,

Phil