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Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Sector

“It might be easy to think that sexual harassment couldn't be an issue in the charitable sector. After all, we are organizations and individuals dedicated to changing the world. We typically work long hours for less pay than our for-profit counterparts. We are committed to values such as justice, equality, equity, and respect. There is simply no way that harassment could be a serious problem for our sector. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

So begins the recent letter from Chair of AFP International, Ann Hale, CFRE, and AFP International President and CEO Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA. I find that I am equal parts discouraged and encouraged by their message.

I’m discouraged because I appreciate the magnitude of this issue. Harassment is a very real and present danger for thousands of us in the sector. Every fundraiser I know – male or female – has experienced some level of harassment in their career.

On the other hand, I am encouraged because AFP is breaking new ground. We are bringing new awareness to this issue and, more importantly, developing new tools for fundraisers so we can put an end to sexual harassment in the sector.

AFP is building an anti-sexual harassment education training program that will be available to both members and non-members. Curriculum for these new training programs will be developed using the data collected in a comprehensive survey currently being conducted in partnership with the Chronicle of Philanthropy. I ask that you please join me and add your own voice to the conversation. We need your stories, your experiences, and your ideas as we endeavor to build a stronger, healthier, and safer non-profit sector.

Warm regards,

Learn How to Navigate Differences with Donors - 02-27-2018 Newsletter

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Adding Equity, Inclusion and Access

Did you notice that the name of our diversity committee changed? Starting in January, the new name is the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee. 

Why the shift? Because words matter. And using the right words leads to change.

In 2017, an AFP International task force analyzed the chapters with active diversity initiatives. They found that the successful chapters across the country didn't focus only on diversity and inclusion, but took their work to the next level, ensuring that access and equity were part of their discussions and plans. 

What we can learn from this:

  • Inclusive practices actively invite diverse members of our community to participate. 
  • Equitable participation of diverse members brings a broader range of ideas into our work.
  • Accessible practices ensure that all members of our community have the opportunity and ability to share ideas.

As we move forward in 2018 with ideas from the strategic plan, we will think about how these complementary components shape our work to create a strong culture of generosity across Washington. 

Your Membership Gives Us a Stronger Philanthropic Platform - 02-23-2018 Newsletter

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Nominate a Fundraiser for the Professional Achievement Award - 02-13-2018 newsletter

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Membership Benefits Help You Plan Your Fundraising - 02-09-2018 Newsletter

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Advancement Northwest Strategic Plan

“No battle plan survives first contact.” This is a pithier version of a quote from the 19th Century Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke. It is also one of the truest statements I have read about planning. Who among us hasn’t spent months working on an event only to have the program upended by Mother Nature, a faulty sound system or a rogue keynote speaker? 

So, if plans are immediately obliterated once put into motion, why do we make them? 

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Help Make Fundraising More Accessible and Inclusive - 01-30-2018 Newsletter

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Build a Diverse and Impactful Fundraising Community - 01-23-18 Newsletter

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What to Tell Your Donors About Tax Reform

As leaders in the fundraising community, we will be helping our donors understand the impact of the federal tax reform bill on their charitable giving in the coming months. The subject certainly dominated discussions and the news as our organizations' year-end appeals were happening. During that time, AFP Advancement Northwest, along with AFP International Headquarters (AFP-IHQ) actively advocated against the bill's passage. 

With the bill's passage in late December 2017, this is an issue that we will continue to track and keep you informed about, as it impacts our broader sector. But what do we do as fundraisers to inform and assist our donors on this matter?

There are several resources for reviewing the implications of this tax reform bill, including AFP International, Washington Nonprofits and the National Council on Nonprofits, and Philanthropy Northwest just to name a few.

Based on an article from Chronicle of Philanthropy, some organizations saw an increase in December 2017 donations compared to 2016, as donors sought to take advantage of the expiring tax law. And in a quick, unscientific poll of organizations represented by Advancement Northwest Board Members, some of us also saw an uptick this past December, particularly organizations that are focused on issues that are under political pressure from the current administration. Beyond some specific comments and anecdotal information though, no one can say for sure that these results were all inspired by the tax reform bill.

The general consensus from organizations supporting fundraisers (such as AFP International and the National Council on Nonprofits) is that the change in tax brackets and the increase in the standard deduction will depress donations from those who would have itemized their taxes before 2018. For one source on this subject, please see the AFP International online article, "Tips for Giving After the Tax Bill".






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We're Here to Help Your 2018 Fundraising - 01-19-2018 Newsletter

 

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Strategize and Socialize Your Fundraising! - 01-11-18 newsletter

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Happy New Year! 01-05-18 Newsletter

Fundraising Fridays | Fostering a Culture of Generosity Across Washington

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New Year's Resolutions

Whether it's making new resolutions to be healthier, toasting highlights from the past year like the solar eclipse or the memorable clip of a giddy toddler crashing her dad’s BBC interview, or donning swim trunks for the Polar Bear Dip in Lake Washington, most of us will observe some manner of tradition to ring in the New Year. Mine will include adopting a motto or a mantra for the next 365 days.

It can be anything really. One year it was a challenge – to do one new activity each week. This mantra led to a hike on Mt. St. Helens and a trip to the top of the St. Louis Arch. In 2016, it was a question  “What’s the best that could happen?” This inherently optimistic inquiry led to me meeting my fiancé and accepting a role on the Advancement Northwest Board. 

In 2018, AFP Advancement Northwest has adopted its own focus – to foster a culture of generosity across Washington State and within our own organizations. Together with you and the 700 other members of our Chapter, we will leverage this generosity to improve our region. Because we know for every $1 dollar given to a nonprofit the community receives $3 in benefit. These benefits include better housing options, expanded arts programs, improved parks, and more accessible educational opportunities.

While I cannot predict what 2018 has in store, I can promise you one thing; AFP Advancement Northwest will be here for you. Through monthly Core Programs, membership events, the Job Board, and the Forum on Strategic Fundraising, we will share the tools you need to advance your own career and the mission of your organization.

Happy New Year!

December 8, 2017: Contact Your Senators as Tax Reform Bills go into Reconciliation Process.

Dec. 8, 2017: Contact Your Senators as Tax Reform Bills go into Reconciliation Process.

The U.S. Senate's and House of Representatives' versions of tax reform bills are currently in Conference Committee, which is where the two versions will be reconciled. Without a Universal Charitable Deduction, nonprofit leaders believe the final version could result in a drastic drop in charitable giving. And the proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment would radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for non-partisanship of charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations.

Washington Nonprofits has a succinct primer and guidance on reaching out during this critical time.

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Here's to our 2018 Leaders!

Please join us in welcoming AFP Advancement Northwest's 2018 Board of Directors, voted in unanimously at our 2017 Annual Meeting & Holiday Social on December 4.

OFFICERS

President - Elizabeth "Beth" Castleberry, CFRE, Executive Director, King County Library System Foundation
President-elect (for 2019) - Asa Tate, Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Immediate Past President - Lara Littlefield, CFRE, Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy at CoMotion and the Global Innovation Exchance, University of Washington
Vice President of Finance - Victoria Kitts, Audit Senior Manager, Clark Nuber PS
Vice President of Philanthropy and Secretary - TBD
Vice President of Membership - Jason Dick, Director of Donor Relations - International, CRISTA Ministries 
Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access - Bryan Baker, Director of Development, Northwest Justice 
Vice President of Signature Programs - Andrea John-Smith, President, Scout Finch Consulting
Vice President of Core Programs - Troy Coalman, Director of Annual Giving and Community Engagement, Farestart
Vice President of External Relations - April Johnson, Assistant Dean, University of Washington College of Social Work








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November 30, 2017: Protect Charitable Giving in Federal Tax Reform

November 30, 2017: Protect Charitable Giving in Federal Tax Reform

AFP International and Washington Nonprofits are urging organizations to contact their US Senators to head-off negative impacts on charitable giving from the Tax Reform bill.

Review the AFP's Call to Action

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November 15, 2017: House and Senate Bills being considered now could severely impact charitable giving.

November 15, 2017: House and Senate Bills being considered now could severely impact charitable giving.

Join AFP Advancement Northwest members, AFP InternationalWashington NonprofitsAmericans for the Arts, the National Council of Nonprofits, and the Council on Foundations in making your voice heard about the proposed tax bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and their negative impact on charitable givingThese bills are being considered between Nov. 15, 2017 and Thanksgiving

Go to WA Nonprofits' Action Alert page for information and sample language to share with your senator or representative and see AFP International's summary here.

Public Policy Update - Nonprofit Coalitions Alarmed About Tax Reform

November 3rd, 2017: Nonprofit Coalitions Alarmed About Tax Reform
Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

Americans for the Arts Action Fund is urging concerned leaders and citizens to comment on the proposed tax bill in the US House of Representatives, citing the bill's impact on charitable giving, the estate tax, and on the production of artistic works. For more information read their November 2nd Blog Post


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Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

AFP is calling on U.S. members to provide comments online about the new GOP Tax Reform Framework that could reduce giving by $13 billion every year. 

How You Can Help: Go to the GOP Tax Reform Survey website and provide your comments on how the tax reform plan will affect your organization. 

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