Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Toronto Chapter

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Toronto Chapter

December 02, 2010 07:30 ET

Philanthropy Awards celebrate Community Heroes

Loblaw Companies Limited, G. Raymond Chang and inspiring youth Brooke Harrison Among recipients

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release is available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

As we head into the charitable giving season, Statistics Canada reports Canadians donated approximately six per cent less in 2009 than the year before. While these statistics may be disappointing, there are still dedicated Canadians who are making a difference. Seven remarkable recipients today received Philanthropy Awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The 2010 recipients include: G. Raymond Chang (Outstanding Philanthropist), Tony Gagliano (Outstanding Volunteer), Loblaw Companies Limited (Outstanding Corporation), Toronto Community Foundation (Outstanding Foundation), Susan Mullin (Outstanding Fundraising Professional), Brooke Harrison (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy), Etobicoke Services for Seniors (Small Organization for Excellence in Fundraising).

"We are still living in a time of economic uncertainty, but it is extremely important that we recognize and honour those individuals and organizations who exemplify the true spirit of philanthropy by giving, as well as encouraging others to give," said Karen Willson, Chapter President, Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter. "By putting their creative ingenuity, powers of persuasion, strategic skills and generosity to work, this year's Association of Fundraising Professionals award recipients have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our community and have empowered others to meet challenges and overcome obstacles."

The Philanthropy Awards are a celebration of the outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support made by organizations and individuals, who have demonstrated excellence and best practice in achieving high-quality fundraising through either their own efforts or their vision and strategy. Nominations are invited from the Chapter's 1,200 members, and then a committee chooses the recipients. 

The selection process of this year's recipients was a difficult one as all of the nominees were individuals who all deserve appreciation and recognition for the fine example they set. Philanthropy plays a key role in connecting our communities and making them a vibrant and thriving place to live. As a leader in the promotion of philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals has selected a group of recipients who have is demonstrated a steadfast commitment to ethical fundraising and transformational leadership.

Note to Editors:

Statistics Canada data from Charitable donors, 2009 (released November 2010)

Photos are available upon request

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Toronto Chapter

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1,200 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the 213 AFP chapters throughout the world. For more information please visit www.afptoronto.org

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Paula Morrison
    Temple Scott for AFP, Greater Toronto Chapter
    416-360-6183 x226/ 647-808-5669
    paula@tsa.ca