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Why Fundraisers Need to be Truthful with Donors - 07-20-2018 Newsletter

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What to Expect When You are a Mentor (or Protege)

What to Expect When You are a Mentor (or Protégé)

We recently sat down with Asa Irwin and Nicole Angus, a mentor and protégé pair connected through AFP Advancement Northwest's Mentor Program, to talk about their experience working together and the impact the program has had on their work. If their story inspires you, consider signing up as a mentor or protégé, visit our website.

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National Philanthropy Day - Cultivating a Culture of Giving - 07-12-2018 Newsletter

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Why Philanthropy Needs to Adapt - 07-06-2018 Newsletter

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Advancing Philanthropy, the Marvin Gardens Paradox

Advancing Philanthropy, the 
Marvin Gardens Paradox

What is your favorite property in the game Monopoly? Most of us have a preferred token or coveted corner we believe will assure victory when playing this classic Parker Bros. board game. I like using the Scottie Dog as my game piece. For my dad, it’s collecting the yellow properties, especially Marvin Gardens. No matter what is at stake or how foolish the trade, he will do anything to acquire and keep Marvin Gardens. At first blush, you might applaud his commitment to this quest. He has a goal: to win the game. He has a strategy: acquire the “yellows” (Marvin Gardens, Ventor, and Atlantic Avenues). With this monopoly, he will build hotels and bankrupt his opponents. Seems like a solid plan. However, my father almost never wins at Monopoly.

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Creating Inclusive Presentations

In preparation for this year’s Forum on Strategic Fundraising, members of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee (DEIA) led a webinar for presenters and panelists on best practices in creating inclusive presentations. This session was motivated by the desire to eliminate barriers to learning and participation for all Forum attendees and was built on prior resources developed by Troy Coalman and Nicky McGarity.

If you find yourself preparing for a presentation of your own, be mindful that audience members could have access needs that may or may not be apparent. The following best practices can help ensure that all attendees are able to take part fully:

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Making Presentations an Inclusive Experience - 06-28-2018 Newsletter

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Your Investment in Future Nonprofit Leaders

Hong Chhour bravely stood in front of 450 people during the Forum on Strategic Fundraising to ask them to support Advancement Northwest. His eloquent speech inspired the audience to invest in the future leaders of the nonprofit community, resulting in the greatest giving to date at an Advancement Northwest program.

To join Hong and the rest of the philanthropy community in investing in tomorrow’s leaders, you can make a gift today

If you were at the Forum last year, you may remember me sharing how, not too differently from Ray (Ray Li, 2018 Professional Achievement Award recipient) and Vu (Vu Le, keynote speaker), I failed my Cambodian-Chinese refugee parents by not becoming a doctor, lawyer or engineer. I also shared my experience as an Advancement Northwest scholar.



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Investing in Tomorrow's Nonprofit Leaders - 06-22-2018 Newsletter

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Last Chance to Submit a Nomination!

Deadline to submit your nomination for National Philanthropy Day is this Friday, June 22!

Have you been thinking about all the phenomenal philanthropists you know and wondering which one(s) you should nominate for a 2018 National Philanthropy Day award?

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Forum Recap: Important Ideas and Ideals - 06-14-2018 Newsletter

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Highlights from the Forum on Strategic Fundraising

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Networking - It gets a bad rap but is essential - 06-08-2018 Newsletter

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Benefits of Building a Network

Networking. It gets a bad rap. It's something we are supposed to do. Like flossing. Most of us don't enjoy it. But we do it. Why? Because we have seen the benefits. So, while it may be a bit uncomfortable we have come to appreciate this task of running a string betwixt even the tightest of teeth is totally worth it. 

It's the same with networking. Having a meaningful exchange with someone new and/or reconnecting with a former colleague takes a little extra effort. But, like flossing the benefits are real. Events like the Advancement Northwest Forum on Strategic Fundraising give us each a chance to build or develop a network of trusted peers. 

In the last year, I have realized these benefits first-hand. Calls to my network have generated ideas and discussion on everything from the valuation of corporate sponsorship of library programs, to peer reviews, to learning more about the pros and cons of a raise the paddle ask at a gala event. Not only did my colleagues share valuable information, saving me and my organization lots of time and money, they reminded me that I'm not alone. That the struggles, questions, and challenges I'm facing - they face as well. 

I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and making some new friends today at the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. I hope to see you there and at other upcoming events! 

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Tips for Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Last month, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee previewed the idea of moving from a mindset of “checking the diversity box” to embracing an organizational culture that values inclusion and equity. Easier said than done, right? 

It’s hard enough that every organization approaches this topic with a different perspective and history but add the fact that every person within an organization will have a different level of knowledge, comfort, and commitment to tackling these questions, and it’s clear why just checking a box is so tempting. 

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Ways to Create a Culture of Equity and Inclusion - 05-31-2018 Newsletter

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Why Attend the Forum?

Your next boss, hire or co-worker could be in the room.

May 29, 2018
Oh, I wanna be just like Vu!
I wanna talk like Vu
Walk like Vu
You'll see it's true
Boop-boop-bi-doo!


I'm singing the song above to the tune of The Jungle Book's endearing song, and I am all ramped-up to hear Vu Le at AFP Advancement Northwest 2018 Forum on Strategic Fundraising. Do you love hearing from exciting thought leaders? I do. Take a minute to watch this video from Vu. 





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Conversation with 2018 Professional Achievement Award Winner, Ray Li

Congratulations to Ray Li, the winner of this year’s Professional Achievement Award! Ray is not only a strong leader in the sector, but also the first person of color to receive the award. We sat down with Ray to talk about this and other thoughts he had about the sector.

Can you tell us about an early philanthropic experience that shaped you into who you are today?

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Connections and Representation Matter - 05-24-2018 Newsletter

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A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

As I stop and reflect, I can recall countless experiences with mentors and protégés that have truly enriched my life personally and professionally. I am thankful for each and every one of them. It brings me joy to know they would say the same about their interactions with me.

It does not matter if you are the trusted advisor or the person receiving guidance and support. The relationship between mentor and protégé is rewarding for all who are open to sharing, learning, and embracing new ideas, perspectives and possibilities.

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