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Member Spotlight: Erika Chen

I was grateful to snag 2019 co-Chair of the Advancement Northwest Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Committee, Erika Chen, for a quick chat – though she was reluctant to have a conversation. She said, quietly, “I’m an introvert.”

Using her impressive LinkedIn Profile, however, the conversation was easy – there was so much material to work with! Erika is currently the Event and Volunteer Manager at Rainier Scholars, whose mission fits perfectly with Erika’s passion. She summed up her job this way: “I work at Rainier Scholars because I believe in addressing inequities, and they do a great job of walking alongside amazing students and helping them to succeed.”

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Meet an Inspiring Volunteer - 12-13-2018 Newsletter

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Help Invest in the Next Generation of Fundraising Leaders - 12-07-2018 Newsletter

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Meet the Proposed 2019 Board of Directors and Officers - 11-29-2018 Newsletter

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Equity, leadership, and harassment affect us all - 11-23-2018 Newsletter

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Make Your Ideas Heard at the 2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising - 11-15-2018 Newsletter

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Scholarships - Breaking Barriers and Creating Connections - 11-09-2018 Newsletter

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Conversation with Nate Greenland, a Member of the 2018 Scholarship Cohort

AFP Advancement Northwest offers scholarships for promising fundraising professionals. Recipients have the opportunity to attend trainings for free, be paired with a mentor and join a committee to build their network. Nate Greenland is part of the 2018 scholarship cohort from Everett. He shared with us his thoughts on the experience and his appreciation for everyone who gave to make this opportunity possible.

Tell us why/how you became involved in the fundraising/nonprofit profession.

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New to Fundraising? We'll Help You Learn the Fundamentals - 11-2-2018 Newsletter

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Join Us in Congratulating the National Philanthropy Day Award Winners - 10-25-2018 Newsletter

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How Making Connections Advances Your Fundraising Career - 10-19-2018 Newsletter

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Celebrate Inspirational Generosity at Our National Philanthropy Day Luncheon 10-11-2018 Newsletter

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2019 Scholarships Deadline is Approaching! 10-05-2018 Newsletter

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Spread the Word! Now accepting scholarship applications for 2019

 


Scholarships for Advancement Northwest
are now open through October 15!

 


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Board Members as Ambassadors

“What do my board members need from me, and what do I need from them?”

Each Monday I pull out a list of my board members, on a grid with tasks, and ask myself this question for each and every member. Do I need someone to call a supporter? Help close a gift? Take a new donor out to lunch? Do I need to support them as a committee member? This incredibly strong relationship with my board triples the size of my development team, and makes my work as Director of Development easier and incredibly rewarding.

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Understanding Intersectionality and Compensation Among Fundraisers

The recent 2018 Compensation and Benefits Study released by AFP International included a wealth of data on areas of progress and stagnation in compensation for fundraisers, as was shared in the August newsletter. The news from the survey included disheartening statistics on the persistent pay gap between men and women in the profession as well as lower average compensation for people of color.

The AFP Advancement Northwest Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee discussed the survey findings in September, particularly digging into the fact that fundraisers who hold intersecting oppressed identities may not see the realities of their compensation reflected in parsed-out data that reports separately on race/ethnicity and gender identity.

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Board Members: Your Best Ambassadors - 09-27-2018 Newsletter

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Early Bird Registration Ends Saturday - National Philanthropy Day

Join us in celebrating generosity at National Philanthropy Day

Kids have returned to school and the weather has cooled. It's the time of year for snuggling on Saturday morning and spiced cider. It also means National Philanthropy Day is coming up soon.

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How Scholarships Benefit Our Fundraising Community - 09-21-2018 Newsletter

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Conversation with Tammy Do, a Member of the 2018 Scholarship Cohort

We chatted with Tammy Do, who is currently the Co-Chair of the AFP Advancement Northwest Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) committee, as well as part of the 2018 Scholarship Cohort. Tammy shared her thoughts with us on the value of the scholarship and how it allows her to grow in her professional career. If you're interested in an Advancement Northwest scholarship, applications are being accepted now through October 15. 

Share with us how you became involved in fundraising. 
Funny story. I started out doing community engagement and supported the board in transitioning into a working board. I was very excited to attend my first development training on planned giving. After an hour of estates, assets, and wills, I realized that planned giving was code for end-of-life giving! While advanced for my starting point, planned giving introduced me to the greatness of a legacy beyond this lifetime—and the beauty that when the time is right, the donors in my community who are quietly giving a modest amount, year after year, are invited to leave a legacy-scale impact too.

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