This Week at St. Stephen’s–November 25, 2012


We always knew that members of St. Stephen’s were smart, generous, and professional. But now the world knows it too. Earlier in the month two of our members were honoured by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as part of Philanthropy Awareness Week.

Jocelyn Daw is the author of two books on funding partnerships in the not-for-profit sector. Her innovative approach to fundraising observes that it’s not about the money. It’s about the value that people and organizations derive from being part of something they care about, and from making connections with others who share their concern. Don’t simply ask for a donation in return for a tax receipt, she argues. Create ways for supporters to get involved. Jocelyn is the proud recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award.

Gordon Tallman may have retired from the world of banking, but he continues to use both his business acumen and his humanitarian concern to enrich our community life. Creating a scholarship endowment for single parents at Mount Royal University in memory of his son David, and actively promoting our own Open Doors campaign, Gordon has led by example and inspired others to join him. Nominated jointly by MRU and St. Stephen’s, Gordon is the recipient of the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award.

Too often churches look nervously over their shoulders to see how other not-for-profit organizations are raising funds and staying afloat. We at St. Stephen’s need look no further than our own members, like Jocelyn and Gordon, to see how it’s done.

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