March #LifeGoals for Fundraisers: Principles, Integrity, and Connection - 02-28-2019 Newsletter

Did you know that AFP first adopted its Code of Ethics in 1964?


February 28, 2019 

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President's Message

Ethics and Fundraising

The core of our work is steeped in mutual trust; a shared understanding and commitment that donors, volunteers, and fundraisers will deliver on their promises. Donors trust we will steward their donations wisely and according to agreed-upon intentions. All AFP members adhere to a Code of Ethical Standards and a Donor Bill of Rights. This values-based approach sets our members apart, in the best way possible.

Equally important is respect for all involved in the process of giving, whether that be time, talent or financial resources. No one involved in philanthropy – which is literally about love – should find themselves in uncomfortable situations. Unethical behavior in the past has focused on fundraisers and nonprofit leadership, but recent articles have called out bad behavior on the side of donors, too, warranting discussions about a Fundraiser Bill of Rights.

By adhering to these guidelines, we can meet our desired outcomes and change the world – and do it with integrity and love for our work and community.

Asa Tate
2019 Advancement Northwest President

Programs to Attend this Month

Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon: Building a Fundraising Plan You'll Want to Keep and Use!
Thursday, March 7 rescheduled from February 14
Bellingham Golf & Country Club
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

For those of you in Northwest Washington, we encourage you to attend this luncheon with consultant Kris McRea. You’ll learn how to build a plan that works for your organization and then work through real life scenarios to get you primed to create a plan that fits your team and mission.

Coffee and Conversations
Thursday, March 14
Washington Athletic Club
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Start your work day feeling inspired, energized, and connected! Coffee and Conversations is a facilitated discussion about the triumphs, challenges, and questions we face in our work as fundraisers. Whether you are new in your career or a seasoned professional, all are encouraged to come and share your insights! This month’s topic, led by Thad Teo, CFRE, is: What makes a high performing fundraiser stand out from the others?

Coffee and Conversations is a members-only event. Been waiting to become a member? Now’s the time.

Cocktails at AFP ICON
Sunday, March 31
Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Are you attending AFP ICON in San Antonio at the end of the month? You are invited to a lively reception to celebrate gathering together at the largest fundraising conference in the world. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Meeting up with other AFP friends at the conference? Invite them to join us! 

Professional Achievement Awards Nominations Open

Which of your fundraising peers demonstrates the highest professional standards, personal integrity, and whose work has made a clear difference in philanthropic missions across our community?

You still have time to nominate that amazing person for the 2019 Professional Achievement Award! Fill out your nomination online at our websiteThe deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

Commitment to Ethical Fundraising

As Asa mentioned above, integrity is at the core of our profession. The principles and ethics to which we adhere raise up the sector, our performance, and all the changemakers whom we support. As an AFP member, you have promised to uphold yourself and your peers to a very high standard. Thank you for being willing to take that pledge.

AFP is proud to offer the only enforceable code of ethics in fundraising and to provide our members access to tools and resources for informing and enforcing ethical guidelines.

The 2018 Fundraising Effectiveness Project - Q4 Report

Each quarter, the Fundraising Effectiveness Project releases a quarterly report. Big findings for Q4 2018? Small and mid-sized donors are disappearing and retention rates for new donors are down.

To download the Report and learn about other free FEP tools to help measure fundraising effectiveness, visit

Welcome, New Members!

Advancement Northwest welcomes 11 new members this month! We are here to help you be knowledgeable about best fundraising practices, ethics, and to meet fellow dedicated professionals.

Start using your benefits and accessing resources now!

Nicole Bela, Holocaust Center for Humanity
Kate Cofer, Kitsap Regional Library Foundation
Matthew Coomer, Conservation Northwest
Amanda Davis, Holocaust Center for Humanity
Sydney Dratel, Holocaust Center for Humanity
John Elsner, Summit Pacific Medical Foundation
Rhonda Manville
Elise Peterson, Neighborcare Health
Theresa Tamura, PATH
Katherine Walker, Woodland Park Zoo
Annie Walters

Members can connect with each other through the member directory.

Community and Partner Events

Washington Planned Giving Council

March Monthly Luncheon: Philanthropic Giving Through Your Will
March 11, 2019 | Women's University Club, Seattle, WA

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association

Specialized Training: Awaken Your Case: A Master Class for Granwriters Creating Case Statements
March 5, 2019 | Panoramic Center - Pacific Medical Tower, Seattle, WA

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

2019 AFP International Conference
March 31 - April 2, 2019 | San Antonio, TX

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