The Bermuda Chapter of the Association of Professional Fundraisers (APF), will host a half-day workshop later this month, geared solely to help fundraisers deal with the shift in philanthropy, and the ongoing paper chase for charitable dollars to support their cause.

Participants are invited to hear firsthand from James Hodge III, an experienced professional on ‘Shifting Philanthropy – From Raising Money to Deepening Meaning’, to be held on the morning of November 10th, who has raised millions for organisations he has represented.

James Hodge III

A spokesman said: “He is coming here to help inspire the profession of raising funds and the AFP Bermuda Chapter and you are encouraged to attend as a Director, Volunteer, Staff Member or Professional.”

Bermuda AFP Chapter President, Jennifer Burland Adams said the workshop will focus on the importance of building and creating “meaningful relationships with donors”, to “embrace the shifting landscape in Bermuda”.

“So many of our charitable organizations rely significantly on philanthropy if not entirely and some are struggling to maintain services,” she said.

“Jim has been facilitating meaningful conversations with donors his entire career and he is coming to Bermuda to share his insight, techniques and metrics that focus on meaningful philanthropic conversations.

“This workshop is for staff with significant fundraising responsibilities, charity board members, individual donors and donor committee members.”

Executive Director of the Centre on Philanthropy, Elaine Butterfield noted that with the shifting donor community in Bermuda and their “recent drive for collaboration within the sector”: “Jim’s workshop comes at an ideal time,” she said.

“We welcome this opportunity to gather together and build a collaborative understanding of best practices in raising funds in Bermuda today.”

Mr Hodge, the keynote speaker, said he’s “looking forward to being in Bermuda” to share his “philanthropic experience strategies and metrics”.

He has worked with “some of the top global philanthropists through is work at Bowling Green, Mayo and currently the University of Colarado – Anschutz Medical Campus”, and was recently featured in a TEDx talk on Philanthropy.

It was also noted that participants can “expect to learn day to day tactics to increase the number of donations received and metrics to use” to report to their Board and Executive Directors, including:

  1. Person to Person (Shoulder to Shoulder) – it’s all about that personal connection and relationships
  2. What are the questions that open our philanthropic conversations
  3. What is the strategy we have agreed to – potential pathways to inspire and innovation

The November 10th Workshop for AFP Bermuda Chapter members and Centre on Philanthropy members is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. To register, contact the Centre on Philanthropy on 236-7706 or email Samantha Nearon on, or call Jennifer Burland Adams, AFP Bermuda Chapter President on 278-3040, or email

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