Meet the Proposed 2019 Board of Directors and Officers - 11-29-2018 Newsletter

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The deadline to submit a speaking proposal for the 2019 Forum has been extended! 


November 29, 2018 

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Hot On The Horizon 

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

2018 AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

Thursday, November 29
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Essentials – Financials for Fundraising

Thursday, December 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Leading Edge – High Net Worth Donors: Where They are Giving and What Motivates Them

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

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Women's Impact Initiative Aims for Intersectional Approach to Challenges in Fundraising

I had the opportunity in mid-November to attend AFP Toronto’s Congress, where one plenary session featured Tycely Williams, who is chairing AFP International’s Women’s Impact Initiative. The initiative is examining the specific challenges women in the fundraising profession face – from persistent pay and leadership gaps to sexual harassment.

Williams spoke passionately about the issues, calling for “radical change agents” to join her in confronting these issues and working for equity in the industry. She cited statistics about the disparity between the number of women in the profession (an estimated 70% of the field) and the number of women in leadership roles (30%), wage gaps at virtually every position level, and the one quarter of female respondents to AFP’s recent survey that reported having been sexually harassed at work.

“When did we come to accept that the world could and should be this way?” she asked. She then acknowledged that the statistics she’d cited only tell part of the story, given that they predominantly reflect the experiences of white women. “I wonder as a black woman, how much more inequity would we unfold if we examined the experiences of all women?”

The Women’s Impact Initiative aims to examine these experiences more deeply to understand how other elements of identity, from race and ability to sexual orientation and gender identity, combine to shape the way that individuals with different backgrounds enter the profession, progress through it, and the barriers or privileges they encounter along the way.

Williams recommended five specific tasks to help you think about your own roles and responsibilities in challenging oppression:

  • Be introspective: What power and privilege do you hold?
  • Listen to other people’s concerns, and don’t dismiss them.
  • Be intentional: Being aware and listening allows you to step out into the world.
  • Use your influence to work against systemic bias and call out injustice.
  • Support systemic change: Seek to dismantle institutional inequality.

Warm Regards,

Sarah Anderson
2018 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee  

Become a Speaker at the 2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising

Request for Proposals Deadline Extended!

The deadline to submit a proposal to speak at the 2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising has been extended to Friday, December 7th. If you haven't submitted your idea, now is the time!

The Forum is a core part of how we deliver on our mission to build leaders who fundraise to transform communities locally and across the world. You can be a part of that transformation by sharing your strategies, tips, and tricks.

Available Tracks Offered at the Forum: 

Career Advancement
Smart Structure
Organizational Culture

While you're at it, mark your calendar for June 6 and 7 for the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. The 2019 event will be held in a new location at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.

Interested in speaking on a smaller scale? The Advancement Northwest's Core Programs committee is planning on a new approach for planning monthly programs in 2019 for Essentials and Leading Edge. The committee will be curating one program per month to bring improved focus on programming and sector trends, as well as needs for our membership. For 2019, we will be focusing each quarter on a different phase of the Donor Lifecycle. If you have questions or inqurieis, please contact Vice President of Core Programs, Troy Coalman at [email protected]

Leading Edge Educational Program

High Net Worth Donors: Where They are Giving and What Motivates Them

Thursday, December 6 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
U.S. Trust, Lake Washington Room, 33rd Floor, Seattle

Featuring Janet Aldrich Jacobs, CFRE

Think about your top donors. What is consistent among them? How do you engage each one differently? How can you engage your other donors with high capacity to inspire them to invest more in your nonprofit?

Join Jan Jacobs as she shares insights into the giving practices of high net worth individuals and families in the U.S. Jan will discuss national trends and how giving is changing. She will also look at the types of causes where high net worth individuals are giving, how those individuals volunteer and what else motivates that level of support.

Meet the Proposed 2019 Directors and Officers

Monday, December 10 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Sole Repair Shop | 1001 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

Appetizers and a complimentary drink ticket provided

At the upcoming Winter Social and Annual Meeting, you'll have the chance to meet the proposed 2019 Advancement Northwest board slate of directors and officers.

We are delighted to have such a diverse and dynamic group of volunteers represented in the slate of candidates, as well as the 2019 Board Officers.

We need to have at least 50 members present in order for the vote to take place and approve the slate of officers. The event is just $10 for members and $20 for non-members. 

Check out the full proposed slate and if you haven't already, register today! It's a time for us to reconnect, reflect, and set out expectations for the coming year.

Pre-Social Session – Special Announcement

Diversity & Inclusion Conversation with Kim Vu, SVP of Bank of America
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an intimate discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Kim Vu, Senior Vice President at Bank of America. Kim will explore how corporate foundation and corporate community engagement diversity and inclusion initiatives vary and what fundraisers need to know. This is a unique opportunity to ask your questions about this extremely important topic with one of the industries leading authorities in a conversational setting.

Space is limited to 20 guests. Please RSVP today to participate. This is a very special "meet the funder" opportunity.

Register for the pre-social program and bundle with your social registration and pay just $20 for members and $30 for non-members. You can attend just the pre-social for $15 (members and non-members).

If you have already registered for the social and want to attend this pre-social program, contact the office so we can add you to the list (206-971-3605 or [email protected]).

Consider Being a Mentor in 2019

Being a mentor is as valuable to the mentor as it is to the protégé. 

It is so mutually gratifying to be a mentor through Advancement Northwest's Mentoring Program. I learn as much as those new fundraisers seeking guidance from those of us with more experience. My favorite part is seeing my suggestions turned into a teaching moment, that then turns into a favorable outcome.

– Emily Bader, Sight Connection

Are you ready to take the step to become a mentor in 2019? We ask that you have the time to meet with a protégé on a monthly basis, as well as attend networking events together when both of your schedules allow.

Member Voices

As a volunteer on the Advancement Northwest Mentoring Committee, I help connect professionals at all stages of their development careers with colleagues who can share and receive the insight, advice, and support that we all need. A great mentor/protégé match can help define a person's career, keep them connected to their work and strengthen our entire profession. It's an incredibly rewarding process to be a part of.

– Colleen Bromen, United Way of King County

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Tomorrow is Your Last Day to Save on Membership

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, AFP International is offering a $50 discount for all new professional or associate members now through the end of November. If you have been waiting to join, now is a great time to save. Make sure to download the coupon to save. Unsure what type of membership is right for you? Follow the flowchart online to find out!

Community and Partner Events

Washington Planned Giving Council 

December Monthly Luncheon: Engaging the Next Generation of Philanthropy
December 10, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association

8th Annual South Sound Funders Forum
December 7, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

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