UNICEF Canada is pleased to announce that Fatou Jammeh, our Community Development Officer, has been accepted as a 2018-19 Fellow in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program.
The goal of the program is to build the capacity of emerging fundraising leaders that reflect the diversity of our communities. To this end, the Fellowship will provide dedicated education, professional development and mentorship to 20 mid-level and emerging non-profit professionals from across Canada, representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and interests.
Roger Ali, CFRE, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada had this to say:
"To remain strong and vibrant, the Canadian nonprofit sector and the fundraising profession must reflect the changing nature of Canada and its citizens. I’m so excited about the Fellowship program because it brings together so many great new perspectives into the profession and the sector. These Fellows represent the future of our sector and, in many ways, our country, and we’re excited to be able to support them as they work to support all Canadians."
The Fellows will engage in inclusion-oriented education, specialized training, networking activities, one-on-one mentorship and professional contributions. The Fellows will each work on an individual project focusing on diversity and inclusion in policy development within their organizations and/or the philanthropic sector.
When it comes to her role as Community Development Officer, Fatou hopes to apply her new knowledge and skills from the fellowship to UNICEF Canada’s fundraising programs by connecting with diaspora communities across Canada to help change the face of philanthropy.
“Diversity and inclusion are integral part of today’s world. And in Philanthropy billions of dollars are being left on the table when the landscape is not diverse. I am excited to be partaking in this program to promote a deeper understanding of representation, intersectionality and inclusion within the community fundraising strategy at UNICEF Canada."
UNICEF Canada works on a global level, to help children in need, all around the world, and Fatou wants to get Canadians – especially kids in Canada – thinking about how actions taken at a local level, like fundraising for National UNICEF Day, can have a global impact.