7:15 – 8:15 am

Registration and continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:15 – 9:45 am

Welcome: Anne Marie MacPherson, CFRE, and Jodie Miner, Co-Presidents of AFP Advancement Northwest
Keynote Address: Beth McCaw, President, Washington Women's Foundation

9:45 – 10:00 am

Networking break in the Exhibit Hall and 'Doctors Are In' career check-ups



Track sponsored by: Pacific Continental Bank

Professional Development

Annual Giving

Major Gifts

10:00–11:15 am

Session 1

Catalytic Fundraising:  Are You Up To The Challenge?  

Sonya Campion, 
Campion Advocacy Fund, Sarah Brooks, Methow Conservancy, Mary Kaufman-Craney, The Nature Conservancy

Do I Need Letters After My Name? What Continuing Education Is Right (or Not) For Me?

Christie Cotterill, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Let's Talk Fundraising Events...Together!

Karina Collins, PATH, Shanon Doolittle, Shanon Doolittle + Co., Elizabeth Sexton, College Success Foundation, Leslie Sugiura, Jewish Family Service

1, 2, 3 Action!:  The Arc Of Major Donor Engagement

Heidi Thomson, M.Ed., JumpStart Your Fundraising, Jennifer Weber, CFRE, JumpStart Your Fundraising

11:15–11:30 am

Networking break in the Exhibit Hall and 'Doctors Are In' career check-ups

11:30–12:15 pm

Session 2

We're All In This Together: Engaging Others In Development

Susan Howlett, Susan Howlett, Amara Oden, Amara Oden Consulting

Network With Your Peers: Interactive Networking Opportunity

Rebecca Zanatta

Annual Giving: Myth Versus Reality

Cathy Reilly, Seattle University

The Ask - The Ins and Outs and Ups and Downs of a Successful Major Gift Proposal

Jennifer Kim, Philanthropy Works

12:15–1:15 pm

Professional Achievement Award Presentation

1:15–2:30 pm

Session 3


Track sponsored by: Pacific Continental Bank

Professional Development

Annual Giving

Major Gifts

Silo-busting: Working Strategically With Really Different People Across Roles

Barbara Grant, 
Barbara Grant Consulting Group, Tara Smith, Consultant

How to Build a Mentor Network: Building Your Personal Board of Trustees

Stacy Segal, Seattle Architecture Foundation, Meghan Wagner, The Nature Conservancy

Are Your Donors Worth Keeping? 

Sue Mecham, Fulcrum Foundation, Kelly Pearson, Wellspring Family Services, Scott Sadler, YMCA of Snohomish County, Aggie Sweeney, Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company

Investigating Major Gifts: The Case Of The Engaged Volunteers

Laura Edman, 
The Alford Group, JoAnn Yoshimoto, The Alford Group

2:30–2:45 pm

Networking break in the Exhibit Hall and 'Doctors Are In' career check-ups

2:45–4:00 pm

Session 4

Why Funders are Making Equity and Inclusion a Priority and How it Impacts Us
Kris Hermanns,
 Pride Foundation, Jim Kelly,4 Culture, Zeke Spier, Social Justice Fund, Ada Williams-Prince, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Sindhu Knotz (Moderator), The Giving Practice

6 Steps Toward a Powerful, Strategic Story

Sally Fox, 
Engaging Presence

Revitalizing Your Donor Base Through Thoughtful Communication

Rachelle Nesta, 
New Beginnings, Brittny Nielsen, New Beginnings

Beyond the Check: Building Deeper Relationships With Foundations and Corporations 

Ali Friedman, Year Up, Lauren Honaker, UW 

4:00–4:30 pm

Social and door prize drawings in the Exhibit Hall
Wine, beer & light appetizers will be served


Additional Conference Offerings:

Connect with friends and colleagues

You’ll have plenty of time during the conference to meet new people, catch up with old friends, build new relationships and make community connections to further your personal goals and advance the mission of the nonprofit organization you serve.

Advance your career

Seasoned professionals will be on site to offer career advice, résumé review and job tips. And you’ll find many opportunities to network with potential employers and colleagues. 

Find resources

Browse through the Exhibit Hall to meet with dozens of local and national vendors who offer a wealth of resources for nonprofits and fundraising professionals.