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

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Tomorrow is the last day to apply for our board!

September 27, 2018   

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National Philanthropy Day

We are excited to announce the 2018 National Philanthropy Day Award winners.

Hot On The Horizon 

Thursday, October 18
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, October 18
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 14 to Thursday, November 15
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2018 AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

Monday, December 10
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

2018 Advancement Northwest Annual Meeting and Winter Social

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Find a Job, Make Connections, Advance Your Career

Check out dozens of open positions, post your resume or post a job. 

Visit the Advancement Northwest Career Center

Thank You, Annual Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors


Scholarship Sponsor


NW WA Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon Series Sponsor

Whatcom Community Foundation

 Thank You to Our 2018 National Philanthropy Day Sponsors!

Premiere Sponsor


Presenting Sponsors



Founder Sponsors


Supporter Sponsors

The Alford Group

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Campion Foundation

Hugh & Jane Ferguson Foundation

Philanthropy Northwest

Washington State Convention Center


Donor Sponsor

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle

Seattle Foundation


Patron Sponsors

Bateman Consulting, LLC

Breakthrough Fundraising Group

Clark Nuber

Columbia Bank

Suzanne Hittman

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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.

Your board members are your organization’s best ambassadors. They are champions that invite new folks into your community and introduce you to new communities. They invest their time, money and other resources to make your organization more successful. And they are a part of your development team, helping you reach your financial and advocacy goals.

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.

Sarah Anderson
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee

Social Justice Fund: Outstanding Organization

Social Justice Fund Northwest, this year's National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Organization, focuses on creating an engaged culture of social justice philanthropists.

They demonstrate what they encourage in the community – working at the front lines of social change. In 1997, Social Justice Fund Northwest opened their membership to people with a broad range of incomes, creating a stronger democratic orientation and growing into a true community-based foundation. This resulted in growing membership and a Board of Directors that reflected the diversity of the community they serve.

Fast forward to 2010 when Social Justice Fund started the Giving Projects. Over the last seven years, they have generated support for 54 projects from over 8,000 donors, with each project receiving an average of $100,000. The vast majority of these donors have not previously been engaged in philanthropy or supported social justice issues.

Social Justice Fund Northwest focuses on fostering significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington State, and Wyoming. Their members build community and make grants, helping create a new, more engaged culture of social justice philanthropists.

The giving projects provide an intentionally cross-race and cross-class group to come together to learn about social justice in the past and present. The Giving Projects also empower participants to become fundraisers, donor organizers, grant-makers and philanthropists. This work is radical and necessary.

– Erika Chen, Rainier Scholars

Join us to celebrate Social Justice Fund Northwest and the other 2018 National Philanthropy Day Award winners at the luncheon on November 1.

Early Bird Registration Rates End September 29
(This Saturday)

$90 per Individual Seat
$1,000 per Sponsored Table (seats 10)

Beginning October 1 
$100 per Individual Seat
$1,100 per Sponsored Table (seats 10)

New this year! If you purchase an entire table, you will be recognized as a Table Sponsor and receive priority table placement. Hurry, there are limited tables available for purchase and they are selling out fast! You can also purchase individual seats or a few for you and your friends. There will be designated "open seating" tables to allow your choice of seating. 

Essentials Educational Program

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

Thursday, October 18 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo


Lauren Collette
Campbell & Company
Troy Coalman

Join us as Lauren Collette (Campbell & Company) and Troy Coalman (FareStart) walk us through annual giving best practices, from leveraging benchmarking and measuring key metrics to launching an annual giving assessment and monitoring program progress. They will also share their recommendations and success stories from the field. 

If you aren't able to attend in person, we will have an option for you to virtually attend. More details to come on that. 


Washington Planned Giving 2018 Planned Giving Day Conference

Take your understanding of planned giving to the next level, gain concrete tips from experts, network, enjoy a delicious lunch and yummy desserts, honor the career of a respected planned giving leader, earn continuing education credits, and top it all off with some wine and cheese! AFP Advancement Northwest members save $30! Learn more and register today!

Give and Change a Future

Giving to AFP Advancement Northwest benefits individuals locally, as well as national initiatives that improve the sector. Scholarships are an example of the local support that makes a lifetime impression on a person. Tammy Do recently shared her experience as a 2018 Advancement Northwest scholar. 

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.

– Tammy Do, part of the 2018 scholarship cohort

Your giving also supports national initiatives through AFP International and the AFP Foundation, which impact fundraisers in all corners of the US and the world. The Women's Impact Initiative is an example of a program that's focused on closing the gender wage gap, moving more women into leadership positions and decreasing the instances of sexual harassment in the sector.

Apply for a Scholarship Today

Scholarships to Advancement Northwest can make a big impact on an individual's life. Do you know someone who could benefit from 1:1 mentoring and professional development opportunities? Encourage them to apply for a 2019 scholarship.

The Advancement Northwest scholarship program focuses on supporting people who are early in their career or are looking to make a transition. A major goal is to encourage 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. 

The scholarship application is for 2019, and the deadline for sending in your application is October 15. Start your application today!

Last Chance to Apply to Join the Board

Tomorrow is the deadline for applications to join the AFP Advancement Northwest boardIf you have yet to submit your application, you only have one day left.

Our board is a group of volunteer professionals who generously share their time and expertise to help fundraisers build their proficiency and advance their careers. Wonder what it's like to serve on the Advancement Northwest Board? Read about it in a recent newsletter!

Member Voices 

Advancement Northwest has given me the opportunity to grow my professional network, receive valuable advice from a diverse mix of colleagues, as well as gain experience in public speaking and presentation. The knowledge base you have access to from being a part of this organization is priceless.

– Alicia Crank, YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties

Top Thoughts from Social Media

Looking for comradery and advice? Check out the AFP Advancement Northwest community on social media.




We've added a company page for LinkedIn! You can now connect your membership or volunteer experience directly to AFP Advancement Northwest. Swing by and follow us. 

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