The Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals

November 02, 2006 07:00 ET

National Philanthropy Day'R': Leadership Panel Takes on the Next Generation of Quebec's Philanthropic Leadership

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) - Over six trillion dollars will come into the North American non-profit sector thanks to the transfer of wealth by baby boomers over the next decades(1). Society's challenge will be to prepare those inheriting this wealth so that its impact will be positive and long lasting on the chartable sector.

To address this issue, more than 50,000 people will take part in approximately 125 events across North America during the week of November 15th to celebrate National Philanthropy Day® and the spirit of giving and volunteering. Closer to us, the Quebec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its 5th annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 15th at 11:30 am at the Mount Royal Conference Centre.

Made in Quebec: Leadership Panel on Preparing the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders will be facilitated by journalist and media personality Dennis Trudeau and will feature:

- John A. Rae - Executive Vice-President, Office of the Chairman of the Executive Committee, Power Corporation of Canada

- Raymond Royer - President and Chief Executive Officer, Domtar Inc.

- Robert A. Kleinman - Executive Director, Jewish Community Foundation

- Sara Price Provencher - Trustee, Board member and 3rd generation of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Canadian Crisis in Leadership: Too Few Doing Too Much

This massive transfer of wealth is of further concern when one considers that the fate of our charitable sector is in relatively few hands. The 2004 Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating reports that a small group of Canadians is responsible for the bulk of the charitable giving and volunteering. For example, 13 per cent of Canadians accounted for 57 per cent of the total dollars donated and 39 per cent of total volunteer hours.

"Developing the next generation of philanthropic leaders is essential for the future of our community," explains Michele Desjardins, international family business consultant with Lansberg Gersick and Associates in the U.S. "Early involvement, education and mentoring are all important ways that we can prepare an enthusiastic and competent successor generation in our non-profit sector."

Hilary Pearson, Executive Director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada is well aware of the increased funds coming into the charitable sector. "The number of active foundations is 2,336 -- more than double since 1998 and of these, 85 per cent are family foundations. In total, there are close to 8,900 Foundations in Canada holding over $ 12.5 billion in assets and collectively providing over $ 1 billion in grants annually."

Made in Quebec: A Unique Philanthropic Situation

Quebec is no stranger to the "it's always the same ones doing the work" syndrome. In addition to this Canada-wide challenge, Quebec is also particularly endowed with a broad array of cultures, races, age groups, religions, etc. This rich diversity creates as many challenges as it does opportunities - this will be the very heart of the discussions of the National Philanthropy Day Leadership Panel.

"We are the next generation," states panelist Sara Price Provencher. ""In a time when communities need support more than ever to sustain themselves, philanthropy has never been as important as it is today. We have a responsibility to show others how fulfilling it is to give and help others succeed." Ms. Price Provencher is uniquely placed and has rare insight into Quebec's charitable sector; her great-grandfather launched one of the Canada's first, and until a few years ago its largest, charitable foundation.

Bring the Next Generation

The National Philanthropy Day luncheon will not only talk about the challenge of building the next generation of leadership but will demonstrate it as well: all participants are encouraged to share this event with their next generation of philanthropy. For each full-price ticket purchased, another may be purchased at half-price for the "next generation" (individuals under 25 years of age).

The luncheon will conclude with a short presentation of five awards to honour members of the philanthropic community in five key areas: Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (5-17), Outstanding Next Generation Leadership (over 18 years) and Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

To reserve your seat, please contact Marie-Josee Condrain, Coordinator, AFP- Quebec Chapter at 514 971-2403 or at

About National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy -- and those people active in the philanthropic community -- to the enrichment of our world. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions that individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions.

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals

AFP is the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support and promoting stewardship, donor trust and effective and ethical fundraising. It was founded in 1960 (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) and has nearly 27,000 members in 176 chapters throughout the world. The Quebec chapter was launched in 1998 and develops and holds many educational events throughout the year.

(1) According to a recent study at Boston College. In Canada, this transfer will be in billions of dollars.

Contact Information

  • To reserve your seat:
    AFP- Quebec Chapter
    Marie-Josee Condrain
    To organize an interview with one of the panelist:
    Allard Hervieu Communication
    Sophie Allard