Advancement Northwest Board Recruitment Process

The AFP Advancement Northwest Board of Directors is made up of a group of volunteers who are committed to creating opportunities for fundraising professionals to build individual skills and grow personal networks.

We are now accepting applications for great leaders to join the board. We invite you to nominate someone (yourself or a standout colleague) who has served on one of our committees for at least one year. Please note, if you are nominating someone to be on the board, the form will need to be completed by the individual applying to serve on the board. 

We are committed to including a variety of voices on the Board of Directors. Individuals from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, including people of color, people with disabilities, and fundraisers for small shops and rural organizations are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for nominations is September 28

Our Vision 

Advancement Northwest builds and inspires fundraisers who lead and leaders who fundraise. 

Working in partnership with philanthropists and funders, Advancement Northwest will transform the ways in which we serve fundraising professionals to galvanize the growth and success of nonprofits and the causes they support. 

Together, we are the people who make dreams come true: the fundraisers who connect donors' passions to nonprofit missions and the generous individuals and businesses that support the causes our local and global communities hold dear. We aim to transform the relationship between donors and fundraisers, building a more vital culture of philanthropy and stronger communities for us all. 

Board Member Responsibilities 


AFP Advancement Northwest's Board of Directors is a working board. As a volunteer-led organization, Board members plan and execute the work of the Chapter, in partnership with committee members, members, volunteers, and our staff, SBI Association Management. 

Term of Service
Board members serve one-year renewable terms. It has been our practice, however, for directors to commit to serve for two years, renewable for up to six years. Terms begin in January. 

Board members serve in any specific officer role for two years only. No director may serve more than eight years consecutively on the board unless also serving as president, president-elect or immediate past president. A one-year break in service is required otherwise. 

It is expected that Board Members will: 

Be an AFP member: Each Board member must be a member in good standing of AFP, with dues current and paid. Member scholarships are available. 

Be an advocate for the organization: Each Board member represents Advancement Northwest, as well as the fundraising profession. Board members help communicate the Chapter's mission by representing Advancement Northwest formally and informally with groups and individuals in the community.

Attend Board meetings: Each Board member is expected to attend Board meetings, preferably in person, but if that is not possible, via conference call. The Board will meet on odd months in 2019 (6 times). 

Serve Actively on a Committee: Since the Board is a working board, it is important that each Board member serve on a standing committee, either as VP, Co-Chair or as a committee member. 

Participate in the AFP Foundation’s One Gift Campaign: It is expected that each Board member will make a gift to the AFP One Gift Campaign to the best of her/his ability. Your investment has a local and national impact that will help transform philanthropy in Washington State and across the United States. Locally, donations support scholarships, diversity initiatives, and the critical priorities outlines in our chapter's new strategic plan.

Attend Chapter events: Each Board member is required to attend at least two monthly programs and one of the signature conference/events per year (the Forum or National Philanthropy Day). Board members can attend for free, excepting the cost of food, any Essentials program, and one monthly program. Board members are encouraged to attend the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon and to secure a table of ten for the event.

Recruit new Chapter members: Each Board member is encouraged to recruit at least one new Chapter member each year of his/her term.

Process for Recruitment of New Board Members
AFP Advancement Northwest has a robust succession plan. Candidates for board positions are eagerly sought throughout the year. We are particularly focused on recruiting new board members through the lens of diversity and inclusion and recruiting those in our profession who are thought leaders and innovators in our field. All board recruits are expected to have served on a Committee for at least one or two years prior to being nominated to service.

New leadership is often identified through the work of the various committees. Committee chairs are encouraged to inform the Committee on Directorship, Chaired by the President-Elect when they have identified an emerging leader. If you currently serve on a committee and are interested in joining the board, please let your committee chair know!

Candidates and action plans are developed and maintained by the President-Elect and the Committee on Directorship. The Committee on Directorship prepares a slate for nomination and presents it to the board in November. The membership votes on the slate at the Annual Meeting in December. New board members begin their work in January.