Yes, You May. Invest in Yourself and Your Career this Spring - 05-02-2019 Newsletter

We are a Community of Peers. Let's Meet and Support One Another.


May 2, 2019 

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Visit the Advancement Northwest Career Center to discover dozens of open positions, share your resume, or post a job.

Thank you, Annual Sponsors!

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Scholarship Sponsors


Northwest WA Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon Series Sponsor

Whatcom Community Foundation

Accessibility Fund Sponsor

Wide Angle Coaching

2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising Sponsors

General Session Sponsor

Wi-Fi Sponsor


Friday Lunch Sponsor


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President's Message

Give Connection a Chance

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -- African Proverb

I believe AFP Advancement Northwest’s true power lies within our ability to foster meaningful connections and to come together as a collective. We do this in a variety of ways: offering programs to build professional skills, becoming a mentor or mentee, celebrating philanthropists and stellar fundraising professionals, and through our international network of than 30,000 AFP members worldwide.

Technology offers us much in terms of education and simple networking, but I find it difficult to build meaningful relationships through webinars or online platforms. I credit Advancement Northwest for building my personal board of advisors. I call on this group of treasured peers, partners, and mentors to bouncing ideas off of, to check my assumptions, and to provide a needed laugh during stressful times. How did I find them? I attended conferences and programs, formal and informal gatherings, and volunteered with our chapter. I arrived early or stayed late to network and exchange business cards with attendees and presenters. I made the time to follow up and stay in touch. My investment has paid off exponentially.

You can do this, too. In Advancement Northwest, you can find a group of colleagues to hold you up, to ask questions, and to push you forward. Give connection a chance. We are each other’s community.

Asa Tate
2019 Advancement Northwest President

Programs to Attend this Month

Coffee and Conversations
Thursday, May 9
Youth Eastside Services
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. Melissa Stuart, MNPL, Major Gifts Officer at Youth Eastside Services, will lead this session. May’s topic: What would it look like to integrate community centrism into philanthropy?

Increase Retention and Gift Size through Authentic Engagement
Monday, May 13
Wellspring Family Services
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Boards and donors are longing for deeper connections with the work of our organizations, but we keep them at arm’s length and produce meetings, events, and experiences for them rather than with them.

Join longtime Advancement Northwest leader Susan Howlett for an interactive brown bag luncheon to discuss practical, no-cost ways in which you can foster commitment and ownership, resulting in larger gifts and increased donor retention – as well as stronger relationships.

Be in the Room Where it Happens

What do you want to learn? What do you have to say?

Choose to follow one of the four tracks at the Forum on Strategic Fundraising or mix it up: Smart Structures, Organizational Culture, Community, and Career Advancement. Plus, there are lightning talks, snack time sessions, a hall of exhibitors, a pop-up studio for headshots, and many networking opportunities.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Insitute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm will be the keynote speaker.

View the conference schedule here. Early bird registration ends next Monday, May 6, so take a minute and register now!

It's been 10 years. Time for an increase.

After holding steady for a decade, AFP Global is raising professional and associate dues by $30 effective July 1, 2019 (all other categories remain the same). The increase reflects the recent expansion of benefits for our members. In the last few years, AFP has added Micro-Learning Videos, an upgraded member database, the Women’s Impact Initiative, AFP 360°, the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, and free online courses through Blackbaud University.

And, as you know, there are the numerous intangible benefits to being a member of the largest organization of fundraising professionals in the world and the only association with an enforceable code of ethics (see Asa’s message above).

If you have questions, please contact Helen Sernett, VP of Membership, at [email protected] or (425) 443-3977.

Congrats to our New CFREs!

We congratulate our newest CFREs! Applying for and receiving a CFRE is a rigorous process that includes a detailed application proving fundraising success and education metrics which is then followed by an exam.

Hong Chhuor, CFRE
Emma Conway, CFRE
Joshua Gerstman, CFRE
Shelby Moore, CFRE
Erin Oest-Larsen, CFRE
Thaddeus Teo, CFRE
Jennifer Wilkerson, CFRE

Learn more about the CFRE application process.

New Member Welcome

We are thrilled to welcome 21 new members to Advancement Northwest! There are many benefits and resources members can access locally and nationally. Now is the time to take advantage of the education and networking waiting for you at the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. Members receive a significant discount!

Meg Alley, Seattle Milk Fund
Lore Ameloot, ADWAS
Bekka Austin
Pam Cabrera, Hopelink
Skye Dunn
Rita-Louise Friendly, Yoga Behind Bars
Mary Gagliardi, ACLU of Washington
Leslie Hamilton
Granger "Scott" Haugh, The Haugh Family Foundation
Elise Hirschi, Bike Works
Lauren Lyddon
Meaghan Quinlan, Treehouse
Angela Rickard, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Megan Rodrigues
Karen Sharp, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Jennifer Shin, The Alford Group
Tristan A. B. Steel
Theresa Sundin, Northwest Justice Project
Corrie West
David Westerlund, Be Present Discover Joy
Gavin Willis, Whatcom Family Farmers

Members can connect with each other through the member directory.

Transition Time

Have you changed jobs lately? Let's celebrate and share your new position with your peers! Please send us your news and we will publish it quarterly in this newsletter. Email us at [email protected].

Community and Partner Events

Washington Planned Giving Council

May Monthly Luncheon: Planned Giving Made Simple
May 13, 2019 | Women's University Club, Seattle, WA

June Monthly Luncheon: Boards are People Too: Encouraging Planned Gifts from Your Board
June 10, 2019 | Women's University Club

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association

Specialized Training: Tell Me a Story: Incorporating Creative Writing Techniques into Your Grant Proposals
May 10, 2019 | The 2100 Building

May Seattle Lunchtime Program: Grantwriter's Toolbox - Panel and Working Session
May 15, 2019 | Panoramic Center - 8th Fl. Pacific Tower

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