2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising: Building Generosity

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Transitioning with Integrity: How to Change Jobs & Keep Your Relationships Intact

Speakers: Beth Castleberry, CFRE, King County Libary Foundation; Lee Heck, University of Washington; and Suman Bhat-Kincaid, Bloodworks

Track: Smart Structures

Time: Thursday, June 6 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Presentation Description:

Most nonprofit professionals will experience three or more job transitions, but there are few resources that offer guidance in how to make a graceful exit from a current job and how to make a strong start in a new organization.

A panel of three nonprofit professionals who have successfully moved from one organization to another while maintaining relationships with colleagues, donors, and board members will share their stories. They will address how to conduct a respectful job search, the best ways to network without signaling that you're looking to leave your current role, and how and when to tell your boss your leaving. Also, what information is it appropriate to take with you (where's the line between bringing samples and stealing) and how do you reconnect with donors once you've settled into your new org?

In small groups, participants will be given questions and then time to reflect and share. These close conversations will give them the chance to plot out their own search activities as well as practicing tendering a resignation.

Key Take-Aways:

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Expertise Level: Suitable for all levels

About the Speakers


With more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership, Elizabeth “Beth” Castleberry brings a wealth of expertise and hands on experience in developing and executing strategic fundraising campaigns, recruiting and utilizing board leadership, leading staff, and program evaluation. Beth serves as the Executive Director of the King County Library System Foundation where together with her team she has diversified the sources of funding and increased contributions by 100 percent in five years. Previously Beth has held leadership positions with Global Partnerships, the Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Seattle Symphony, and Washington State University


Lee Heck is the Senior Associate Vice President for Development Programs at the University of Washington, overseeing and supporting all the Development activities at the center of the UW, a team of 90+ individuals. During his nineteen-year tenure at the UW, he has held a number of positions and has supported alumni and friends who are interested in programs across the institution. He has worked on two major fundraising campaigns, including the current Be Boundless campaign, which has inspired more than $5.4B in philanthropy support. Lee serves on the Executive Leadership Team for University Advancement.

Prior to working with the UW, Lee was the Director of Development and Marketing at the Northwest AIDS Foundation (which merged with Chicken Soup Brigade to become LifeLong). He also worked in Dallas supporting people living with HIV before moving with his husband to Seattle in 1996.

Lee is a former board member and board president of the Northwest Development Officers Association (now Advancement Northwest) and has led and participated in many training sessions at NDOA, AFP, CASE, APRA, UW, Seattle University and a host of other non-profit organizations. In 2017, he received the Professional Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to and support of the sector. He is currently an advisory board member for the UW Fundraising Certificate program and volunteers with several organizations.

When he’s not working, Lee enjoys time at home with his husband and friends; spending time in the outdoors in the beautiful northwest; cooking (and eating!), and having adventures in and around Seattle.


Suman “Sumi” Bhat-Kincaid is an accomplished fundraiser with specialties in corporate and foundation partnerships, relationship management, fundraising, project management, logistics, and planning. After nearly seven years at Sightlife as the Manager of Corporate and Foundations, Sumi joined the staff at Bloodworks Northwest as the Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer in 2017.


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