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.

Why did you decide to apply for the Advancement Northwest scholarship?
This year was going to be a year of new beginnings and I did not want it to put a pause on my chapter involvement. With our tech boom, the intersection between tech and nonprofits regularly crossed my mind. This scholarship has been a significant opportunity for me to still volunteer, attend trainings and commit to our network while investing in new skills.

What has been the most impactful part of the scholarship for you?
Mentorship. Feedback is a gift, and I can’t express how meaningful it is to have support in achieving a dream. With my mentor, I have felt validated in creating my own path. Her guidance has also given me immense confidence as a first-time committee leader. I needed that!

Part of being a scholar is the option to serve on a committee. You are part of the DEIA committee. How has that experience been for you?
I joined the DEIA Committee last year and remained involved this year. As a fundraiser of color, progressing a culture of inclusion has been as equally important as developing skills. It has been a personal experience with many deep-learning moments, in gratitude of my fellow social justice warriors.

Why is having the scholarship opportunity available important?
Also from the perspective of diversity and inclusion, there is a tendency to network within our inner circles. Scholarships have the power to welcome new individuals with unique and valuable skill sets, often by reducing a financial barrier. This leads to greater diversity in leadership level fundraisers, more mentors with lived experiences, deeper connections in the community and so much more.

Anything else you want to share?
It was incredibly momentous to celebrate the first person of color as this year’s Professional Achievement Award winner. I would not have witnessed that moment without this scholarship. Thank you.

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