Find support, build your community, join an affinity group


You know how valuable it is to connect with peers who work in similar organizations. Say you’re just starting out as an annual fund manager, and think of how helpful it would be to bounce ideas off someone in the same role at another organization, or to learn how a colleague made the leap from annual giving to major gifts.

To help you find support and build your community, we’ve assembled a list of affinity groups across the state.

What’s an affinity group? A group of fellow nonprofit fundraising professionals who meet from time to time to talk about something they share something in common. They might work in the same sector or have the same a job title. They might live in the same region or have insights about a role that’s on your list of career aspirations. Whatever it is you share in common, these are people who relate to the many tactical and strategic challenges you juggle in your work as a fundraiser. These are your people.

AFP Advancement Northwest does not run any of these groups. They are all organized by volunteers in the community. If you are interested in starting your own affinity group, here is a guide to get started. Once your group is established contact us for inclusion in the list below. 


Group Organizer(s) Meeting Frequency Meeting Location

Executive Director Forums
Executive Directors in King County

Lucinda Stroud Quarterly Pacific Tower, Seattle
Snohomish County Nonprofit Network
Learning and networking for development
professionals in Snohomish County
Karri Matau Quarterly
Fundraising for the Arts Task Force
Arts and Culture in King County
Frank Stilwagner
Jamie Herlich

1st Thursday
of each month
ACT Theatre, Seattle
Skagit Nonprofit Professionals
We organize around best practices 
for nonprofits and are located in
Skagit County
Steering Committee Monthly Skagit Publishing community room
Mount Vernon
Whatcom Nonprofit Network
(formerly Whatcom Counsil of Nonprofits)
Strengthen nonprofits in Whatcom County
Rachel Myers Variable  
Event Fundraisers Cohort Northwest
Network for event fundraisers to
share ideas 
and challenges with
colleagues in the industry
Karina Collins    
APAs in Development
Asian Pacific Americans in non-profit fund development
Mary Ann Midori Goto Quarterly None
Major Gifts in a Small Shop
People who raise major gifts and work in small shops
Kirk Laughlin Quarterly  
Washington Arts Alliance
Government affairs/public fundraising 
trends/legislation impacting nonprofits
Kim Thomas Last Friday
of each month
Pacific Northwest Ballet
conference room
CFRE Study Group
For anyone who is planning on taking the
CFRE exam and is looking for people 
with whom to study
Christie Cotterill    
Executive Directors Bag & Brag Luncheons
Executive Directors working in Chelan, Douglas,
Grant, or Okanogan counties

Denise Sorom    
ED Happy Hour
Executive Directors in the greater Seattle area
Vu Le    

Corporate Giving Network
Educational and professional development group for those focused on corporate giving and sponsorships.

Joy Stephens Second Thursday of each month  

Blackbaud Users Group (BUG)
Blackbaud database users in western Washington. Includes Raiser's Edge and other Blackbaud products.

Dana Flanegin  2-3 times per year  

King County Executive Director Forum
The forums bring together executive director peers to learn from each other. This group is organized by 501 Commons. Free for members, $15 fee for non-members.

Lucinda Stroud    

Puget Sound Consultants Coffee

Get to know other consultants supporting nonprofits at the Puget Sound Consultants Coffee. Held every other month, we gather for networking, collaborative conversation, partnership in projects, trends discussion in the industry, so we can build community among us and better serve our clients. And there is coffee.
Any freelance or consultants that serve mission based organizations, of any size, are welcome. Click here to join us!

 

Kris McRea every other month
(first meeting is
January 23, 2018 @ 501 Commons)
varies


NOTE:
We do our best to keep this list updated. If you reach out to an affinity group leader and don’t hear back in a timely manner, let us know; that may mean the group is no longer meeting. If you know of any affinity groups that are not listed, email the office and we’ll add it to our list. 

We recommend contacting the primary contact for a group to learn more about it before you attend the first meeting. In some cases, group members all share the same job type while others welcome new members who aspire to those positions.

If you are interested in adding an Affinity Group to this list, please complete the online submission form. We'll reach out if any additional information is needed before posting the group.