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Congrats Ray Li, the 2018 Professional Achievement Award winner! - 05/18/2018 Newsletter

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Recognizing generosity in your community - 05/16/2018 Newsletter

Nominations for National Philanthropy Day are now open!

Generous actions happen every day in our local communities. Sometimes it is a small action, like a person picking up a dropped key and returning it to the owner. At other times, people or organizations choose to make a large investment to help solve a community need. 

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Learn How to Keep Great Employees at this Year's Forum

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Spring Training, It's not just for athletes - 05-04-2018 Newsletter

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What Does Generosity Look Like in Washington?

I recently started doing push-ups – 100 a day. Okay, I will admit I don’t do them every day. On average, it's about 500 a week. But, that’s pretty good for someone who did a total of 50 push-ups in 2017.

But why I am writing about push-ups? Because push-ups build muscles just as professional development does. Athletes like Russell Wilson, Sue Bird, and Felix Hernandez spend weeks at training camps doing drills, learning new strategies, and working on the fundamentals. They challenge themselves so when they hit the field, the court or the pitching mound they are ready. 

The Forum on Strategic Fundraising is our training camp. Held June 7 and 8, it gives us a chance to build new skills and experience the joy of “muscle memory” as we are reminded of practices that helped us achieve success.

If you are new to the field of fundraising I recommend attending “Making the Ask” with Gregory Robertson. You will come away with practical steps in getting a meeting and securing a gift. Want to increase diversity and inclusion in your organization? Attend the session led by Fleur Louise Larsen and Keonna Jackson of HR and Equity Consulting.

It is often challenging to find the time and the money to attend a two-day professional training workshop, but I encourage you to just do it (to borrow a slogan). The tools and the contacts you will come away with will serve you when it’s your turn to call the next play, to make a change in the roster or to step up to the plate.

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The Importance of Talking About Diversity - 04-26-2018 Newsletter

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Defining Diversity

AFP Advancement Northwest’s commitment to diversity extends to race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, age, geography, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and income. This broad definition of diversity provides multiple lenses through which the organization works to advance equity, engage new voices and leaders, and develop accessible avenues for all to participate, learn, and lead.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee places a particular focus on leading equity work from a racial lens, especially given how widely and deeply felt inequity in this area has been, and continues to be in our region and our field. The committee believes that leading with race has the greatest potential to spark intersectional conversations and action in all areas of equity and inclusion. As one committee member put it, “Once my organization started talking about race, I noticed we started talking about other things like gender-neutral signs on the bathrooms.”

Through all of this work, our goal is to shift organizations from approaching diversity as simply “checking a box”, to a culture of inclusion that seeks out and values a variety of perspectives. Next month, we’ll share some tactics for how your organization can embrace that shift.

Fundraising's #MeToo Movement

Did you see the new report on sexual harassment in fundraising?

AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that almost half of fundraisers have been sexually harassed at some point in their career. In 68% of the cases, their harasser was a donor.

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Fundraising's #MeToo Moment - 04-20-2018 Newsletter

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Forum on Strategic Fundraising Early Bird Ends Monday, April 16

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Learning How to Handle Organizational Change and Polarizing Issues - 04-12-2018 Newsletter

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The Strength of Inspiring Stories in Fundraising - 04-06-2018 Newsletter

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Advancement Northwest Career Center

What do the organizations Bellevue Schools Foundation, Agros International, and Treehouse have in common? They are hiring. How do I know? Because of the Advancement Northwest Career Center.

The hiring process can be trying for both job seekers and the employers. However, the Advancement Northwest Career Center has new tools and features that make it easier for everyone.

Featured Jobs: Organizations have the opportunity to make their listing stand out. As a “Featured Job,” the posting is always positioned at the top of the feed, increasing its visibility and ensuring it gets the maximum number of views.

Job Alerts: As a job seeker, you can set up alerts to let you know when a specific title pops up or when jobs in a certain sector are available. For example, if you’re interested in working in education as a major gift officer, you can set up a daily or weekly alert to push notifications to you.

Resume review: No matter what stage of our careers we are in, we can all benefit from having a fresh set of eyes take a look at our resume and offering critical feedback. 

The Career Center is a benefit of your AFP Advancement Northwest membership. It grants you unlimited access to learning about new career opportunities, the chance to gain insights into the campaigns and management structures of peer institutions, and the tools to make sure that when your organization is hiring, you are positioned to attract the strongest possible candidates at discounted rates.







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Take Advantage of Early Bird Savings - Forum on Strategic Fundraising

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Why We Value the Investment of Your Membership - 03-29-2018 Newsletter

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Recognizing Fundraising as a Profession - 03-23-2018 Newsletter

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Recognizing Fundraising as a Profession

We recently hired a new Foundation CEO at Washington State University. She’s shared several stories about her career so far, especially in the context of the changes we are making. One thing in particular really struck me. She said that many times during her career she’s had to educate people on how fundraising is a profession, not just something that happens. These conversations occurred with board members, faculty members, and even family members.

Many of us “fell” into nonprofit work. What kept us is our passion for creating change. A young man on the bus recently asked me why I worked as a fundraiser. I told him that when I go home every day I know that my work was important. I can look at my son and know that I did my part to make the world better for him. You, my fellow fundraising professionals, can say the same. You save lives. You create safer communities. You ensure a species will survive for another day.

But passion alone doesn’t raise money. Consistent fundraising does. And that consistency comes from hiring and retaining development professionals that understand the best practices and who are always curious to learn.

Learning can, and should, come in many forms. What I believe needs to become consistent, is our collective voice saying We Are A Profession. We raised $390 billion in 2016. We should be respected and valued for our expertise. We have a specific skill set that is backed by hours of professional development and ethical standards.

That is why I am a member of AFP, the largest fundraising association in the world. That is also why I chose to take my CFRE exam. This is the same reason the next generation of nonprofit leaders are getting degrees in philanthropy and nonprofit management. A recognized set of standards and a collective voice will lead the sector forward.

I hope to see all of you at an upcoming professional development training. Whether it is one of the monthly programs or the Forum on Strategic Fundraising, I still learn something new each time. By continuing to be curious, we grow our skills. By staying involved collectively, we give power to our voice. And, by working together, we will get fundraising recognized as a profession. That way, none of us will have to educate board members, friends and family on “what is your job” and “can’t anyone do that." 

Warm regards, 

Christie Cotterill, CFRE
2018 Chair of Communications and Marketing
AFP Advancement Northwest 

We Want Your Generosity Stories for National Philanthropy Day - 03-15-2018 Newsletter

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The nomination deadline for the Professional Achievement Award is March 23!

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Striving to Eliminate Harassment in the Fundraising Sector - 03-09-2018 Newsletter

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