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Lee Heck, Associate Vice President for Individual Giving Programs at the UW

We are thrilled to announce that AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 Professional Achievement Award goes to Lee Heck, one of the most widely respected fundraisers in the Pacific Northwest.

Lee embodies the highest standards of our profession. He's a thought leader with a passion for service to the community and an unflagging commitment to mentoring colleagues.

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A few years ago, I was overwhelmed with grief after life had thrown me one crushing blow after another. My 28-year-old cousin died suddenly. Not long after that, I became a foster parent, but it didn’t work out.

As those devastating losses weighed on me, it became increasingly clear that a new job I had hoped would work out just wasn’t the right fit. I knew it, but something in me refused to give up. I refused to be a quitter. So I stuck with it, then just when I felt like I was healing and that things were turning a corner, I got laid off. 

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To help you start planning your 2017 professional development calendar, here's a full schedule of our events for the whole year. Dates, times and programs are subject to change. We'll keep you posted via email and on our website as we finalize details on events, activities and tools we'll be rolling out in the months to come to take your fundraising career to the next level!

Essentials Series - Early Career to Mid-Level 

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Please join us in welcoming AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 Board of Directors, voted in unanimously at our 2016 Holiday Social & Annual Meeting:

OFFICERS

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All AFP Advancement Northwest members are invited to vote in our 2017 Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting & Holiday Social on Monday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pike Place Market (Atrium Suite, 85 Pike Street, Seattle).

OFFICERS

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We are honored to award this year's Outstanding Philanthropic Family award to the True Family for their exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication to philanthropy across generations.

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As a leader and catalyst for community philanthropy, the Skagit Community Foundation forges partnerships between the public and private sectors to bring about positive change throughout Skagit County. 

In 2016, alone, the foundation awarded more than $152,000 to 30 organizations.

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Conner McKittrick lives with the most common cause of deaf-blindness in the United States. When he was first diagnosed with Usher syndrome, his parents were devastated. Then they sprung into action, founding the Hear See Hope Foundation to support research in hopes that the genetic disease is cured in their children's lifetime. 
Conner, 16, spends his time mentoring youth with Usher syndrome all over the country. He tells his story to inspire others with his positive outlook on life. He speaks out with determination and optimism about finding a cure -- not just for his benefit, but also for his younger brother, Dalton, who was born with Usher syndrome, and the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 others in the U.S. who live with the genetic disease.



Join us this year as we honor Conner and these other phenomenal philanthropists: 

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Family: The True Family
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Skagit Community Foundation
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation: Sellen Construction
  • Outstanding Small Business: Geraldine's Counter
  • Outstanding Philanthropists: Angie Buysse and Cynthia Per-Lee

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2016



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Angie Buysse and Cynthia Per-Lee are community philanthropists committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the Pacific Northwest. As champions of gender equity and social justice, they actively serve as advocates and ambassadors for those whose voices often go unheard. They provide strategic leadership, forge connections to personal and professional networks and offer their unending generosity to organizations and causes that push the boundaries of inclusion. Those are just a few examples of why Angie and Cynthia are so deserving of our 2016 Outstanding Philanthropists award. 

"Angie and Cynthia bring their entire selves to the diverse causes that they are committed to and compassionate about – their passion, energy, willingness to help, and their resources," Pride Foundation Kris Hermanns wrote when nominating them for the award. "Whether you need something big or small, for them to be out front or behind the scenes, formally or informally, just an introduction or a financial contribution, they are always graciously willing to do anything asked of them."


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Most people know Geraldine’s Counter as one of the best brunch spots in all of Seattle, serving up Americana comfort food in the heart of the city’s up-and-coming Columbia City neighborhood. Geraldine’s is also a pillar of community philanthropy, led by co-owners Stacey Hettinger and Gary Snyder, who partner with one of Seattle’s busiest food banks, a local elementary school and various nonprofits to raise money and awareness for numerous causes.

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Sellen Construction demonstrates an exceptional commitment to supporting the community through engaged volunteerism -- from service on local boards to offering individual time, talent and treasure. We're proud to recognize this amazing company as Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation for 2016! Sellen Construction's deep-rooted culture of corporate philanthropy spans numerous decades.

In the words of one nominator, Sellen Construction builds more than just brick and mortar buildings. They are a builder of partnerships and a builder of community

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Jan Aldrich Jacobs, CFRE, CAP™, shared these inspiring words of wisdom at AFP Advancement Northwest’s First Annual Forum on Strategic Fundraising on June 16, 2016, while accepting the 2016 Professional Achievement Award.

Those of you who know me well know how much I love fly fishing. You might think it sounds crazy, but fundraising is a lot like fly fishing.

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AFP Advancement Northwest is honored to announce our 2016 Professional Achievement Award goes to Jan Aldrich Jacobs, CFRE, CAP, Vice President of Mission Advancement at Make-a-Wish Alaska and Washington.

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Danielle Baer and Javier Womeldorff, two of our up-and-coming AFP Advancement Northwest colleagues, are SUPER GRATEFUL for the many people locally and across the country who have given to AFP Foundation's annual BE the CAUSE campaign.

They're among more than 150 fundraisers from across the world who attended AFP's International Fundraising Conference back in March thanks to scholarships funded by BE the CAUSE. They learned a ton and have already applied some of the lessons they learned.

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To be a strong leader, you need a strong network of colleagues, peers you trust as your go-to sounding board when you're working hard to wrap your head around a problem.

When you invest the time it takes to nurture these valuable relationships, your network becomes a source of inspiration, a way to recharge when you're feeling stuck, an outlet to vent steam or share a much needed laugh after "one of those days."

Reading through the recently released Statewide Capacity Collaborative's Washington State Leadership Scan got me thinking about an important question we all need to pause and ask ourselves: How do you like to learn as a leader?


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We're now accepting nominations for our 2016 National Philanthropy Day awards! 

As one of the world's largest chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we carry on a longstanding tradition of honoring philanthropic leaders in the following categories: corporations, small businesses, foundations, organizations, individuals, families and youth. 

Visit us online to learn more about: 

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While pursuing her master’s degree in international nonprofit development and management, Nicky McGarity realized she needed to learn more about fundraising best practices than she was going to in her program.

Eager to dig deeper, the Marine Corps and Navy veteran persuaded her boss in the advancement office at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, to send her to AFP’s International Fundraising Conference.

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What an honor to be named a Ten Star AFP Chapter!

AFP Advancement Northwest is one of 84 chapters, out of 241 worldwide, to receive a 2015 Ten Star Award.

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We are proud to announce that our chapter has once again earned recognition as one of AFP’s Friends of Diversity. 

“I want to congratulate the AFP Advancement Northwest, which is playing a key role across Washington State in promoting diversity and inclusion in ethical and effective fundraising and educating the public about the importance of philanthropy and wise giving,” Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP, said in a news release announcing the honor.

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Three tax incentives for charitable giving are now a permanent part of the U.S. tax code, including one that makes it easier for many donors to plan gifts from their retirement accounts.

This is a major victory for philanthropic giving – a change that AFP International’s U.S. Government Relations Committee has been urging Congress to pass for years.

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