New to Fundraising? We'll Help You Learn the Fundamentals - 11-2-2018 Newsletter

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November 2, 2018   

In This Issue...

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

Thank You, Annual Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors


Scholarship Sponsor


NW WA Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon Series Sponsor

Whatcom Community Foundation

 Thank You to Our 2018 National Philanthropy Day Sponsors!

Premiere Sponsor


Presenting Sponsors



Founder Sponsors


Supporter Sponsors

The Alford Group

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Campion Foundation

Hugh & Jane Ferguson Foundation

Philanthropy Northwest

Washington State Convention Center


Donor Sponsor

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle

Seattle Foundation


Patron Sponsors

Bateman Consulting, LLC

Breakthrough Fundraising Group

Clark Nuber

Columbia Bank

Suzanne Hittman

 Connect with Us




What a Great National Philanthropy Day!

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate philanthropy yesterday. It is always inspiring to hear the stories of generosity in our community and to celebrate with friends new and old.

Congratulations to our amazing award winners!

Superfeet – Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Bob & Mary Ann Wiley – Outstanding Philanthropists
Phnom Penh Noodle House – Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business
Bruce Nordstrom's & Anne Gittinger's Family  Outstanding Philanthropic Family
Social Justice Fund  Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Makenna Schwab – Outstanding Young Philanthropist

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

November 14 and 15, 2018
City University, Seattle

Fundraising is an art and a science. The two-day AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is a great way to learn the core skills needed to be a successful fundraiser.

Join us for two days to learn about fundraising from several successful area fundraisers. The course is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. You will learn how to create a fundraising plan, marketing, building and sustaining relationships, how to secure gifts, effective ways to work with volunteers, and skills for management and accountability.

This program includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques, and program components for individuals with zero to four years of fundraising experience.

Essentials Educational Program

Financials for Fundraisers

Thursday, November 29 | 8 to 10 a.m.
Campbell & Company

Featuring Ryan Dean

I’m a fundraiser. I don’t have to know about financials, right? Wrong! It's critical for you to be able to read and understand basic accounting reports and be able to translate the information for donors.

Join Ryan Dean for this fun and accessible lesson. Ryan will use training materials and FareStart’s development profit and loss statement so you can learn about the various aspects of finances. He will decrypt acronyms and have you “speaking accounting” in no time.

This is a great session for fundraising professionals of all experience levels who want to improve their financial chops or get a new perspective on the financial positions of nonprofits.

2018 Winter Social & Annual Meeting

Monday, December 10 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Sole Repair Shop, Seattle

Growing within the field of fundraising is all about connections. If you are new to the sector, you might not be familiar with this concept. Ask any seasoned professional and they will tell you that your next position is most likely to come through a first or second-degree connection.

How do you make the connections needed to advance in your career? Joining colleagues at the Advancement Northwest Winter Social is a great start. You'll have the chance to spend a couple of hours with fellow fundraisers from around the region. It's a great time to share successes and get advice. 

Join us on December 10 to build your network! This is also a chance for members to vote on the 2019 Board of Directors and the slate of officers.

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

Every nonprofit is looking for the next big gift. Where do they come from? What is the motivator? 

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 cases where high net worth individuals are giving, how those individuals volunteer and what else motivates that level of support.

Volunteer and Make a Difference

Advancement Northwest is an all-volunteer organization. The people who organize the great programs, like the National Philanthropy Day luncheon that happened yesterday – volunteers. The people who create this newsletter – volunteers. The people who pair scholarship recipients with mentors – volunteers.

As we near the end of 2018, we are planning for next year. All the committees need help in order to maintain and increase the impact of philanthropy in this community. The more volunteers we have, the greater our training opportunities will be.

There is a volunteer opportunity to meet all schedules and interests. Want to build fundraising skills, like relationship building? Join the sponsorship or communications committee. Looking for networking or event planning skills? All the program areas, like the Forum on Strategic Fundraising, National Philanthropy Day and Monthly Core Programs need help. We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

Join Advancement Northwest today and Save $50!

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!

Did You Know?

All members of AFP Advancement Northwest receive a discount when they post open positions on the Career Center. As you look forward to 2019 and filling open or new staff positions, remember to post your job on the Advancement Northwest Career Center to reach fundraising professionals in our community (and get a discount)!

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