Scholarship Applications Are Open for 2019

Do you know someone who could benefit from professional development and one on one mentoring? Recommend they apply for a 2019 scholarship to AFP Advancement Northwest. Applications are open until October 15. The scholarship program focuses on supporting diverse talent in the fundraising profession, particularly including people of color, people with disabilities, and fundraisers working for small organizations and organizations in rural areas.


Essentials - Growing Your Annual Giving: Benchmarking, Smart Strategies, and Key Metrics

Thursday, October 18
Woodland Park Zoo | 5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Annual giving is a critical component of all individual giving strategies for today's revenue and tomorrow's major gift pipeline, but many organizations don't understand how to optimize this important program. How can you strategically grow your annual fund? We'll walk through annual giving best practices, from leveraging benchmarking and measuring key metrics to launching an annual giving assessment and monitoring program progress. Our panel will share their recommendations and success stories from the field.

Join Lauren Collette of Campbell & Company and Troy Coalman of FareStart as they discuss strategies for annual giving success. 

Northwest Washington Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon - Beyond Development: Growing an Organization-Wide Culture of Philanthropy

Thursday, October 18
Bellingham Golf & Country Club | 3729 Meridian Street, Bellingham

Join us for the next Northwest Washington Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon in Bellingham to hear from a panel of local nonprofit peers from executive, finance, program, and development staff to learn tips for increasing communication and engaging all departments in an organization-wide culture of philanthropy.

This discussion will be moderated by Janet Ott, an experienced coach, and facilitator from Whatcom County. Joining her will be Dianne Bradshaw of United Way of Whatcom County, Jenn Mackey of Whatcom Land Trust, Emily O’Connor of Lydia Place, and Jennifer Rick of Whatcom County Library Foundation. 

Register now for the 2018 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Thursday, November 1
The Westin Seattle | 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle

If you haven't already, mark your calendar. This year's 2018 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon will feature Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest as the Keynote Speaker. 

New this year: if you purchase an entire table (seats 10), you will be recognized as a Table Sponsor and receive priority table placement. Priority seating is sold out; however, you can still purchase a full table (10 seats) or you can purchase individual seats which will allow you to sit at any of the open seating tables. 

This year's recipients highlight generosity across multiple causes that impact people in Seattle and beyond. Thank you to all those who submitted nominations for this year's awards. It is because of you, that we are able to put on this wonderful program, and highlight the great philanthropists in our community! You will be hearing more about each recipient as we get closer to the awards luncheon on November 1. 

And the award goes to ...

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation: Superfeet
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Phnom Penh Noodle House
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Social Justice Fund
  • Outstanding Philanthropists: Bob & (the late) Mary Ann Wiley
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Family: Bruce Nordstrom's & Anne Gittinger's Family
  • Outstanding Young Philanthropist: Makenna Schwab 

What to Expect When You Are A Mentor (or Protégé)

We recently sat down with Asa Irwin and Nicole Angus, a mentor and protégé pair connected through AFP Advancement Northwest's Mentor Program, to talk about their experience working together and the impact the program has had on their work. If their story inspires you, consider signing up as a mentor or protégé. Read the interview and get inspired! 

Welcome and Thank You!

Welcome aboard to the new members who joined Advancement Northwest in September. We are glad to have you as part of the family and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event! We also want to thank everyone who chose to renew their membership in August. Your commitment to the sector is greatly appreciated. If you think any of the new or renewing members would make a great addition to an affinity group that you are part of, reach out and invite them to your next gathering. All members can connect with each other through the member directory.