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Build a Diverse and Impactful Fundraising Community - 01-23-18 Newsletter

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What to Tell Your Donors About Tax Reform

As leaders in the fundraising community, we will be helping our donors understand the impact of the federal tax reform bill on their charitable giving in the coming months. The subject certainly dominated discussions and the news as our organizations' year-end appeals were happening. During that time, AFP Advancement Northwest, along with AFP International Headquarters (AFP-IHQ) actively advocated against the bill's passage. 

With the bill's passage in late December 2017, this is an issue that we will continue to track and keep you informed about, as it impacts our broader sector. But what do we do as fundraisers to inform and assist our donors on this matter?

There are several resources for reviewing the implications of this tax reform bill, including AFP International, Washington Nonprofits and the National Council on Nonprofits, and Philanthropy Northwest just to name a few.

Based on an article from Chronicle of Philanthropy, some organizations saw an increase in December 2017 donations compared to 2016, as donors sought to take advantage of the expiring tax law. And in a quick, unscientific poll of organizations represented by Advancement Northwest Board Members, some of us also saw an uptick this past December, particularly organizations that are focused on issues that are under political pressure from the current administration. Beyond some specific comments and anecdotal information though, no one can say for sure that these results were all inspired by the tax reform bill.

The general consensus from organizations supporting fundraisers (such as AFP International and the National Council on Nonprofits) is that the change in tax brackets and the increase in the standard deduction will depress donations from those who would have itemized their taxes before 2018. For one source on this subject, please see the AFP International online article, "Tips for Giving After the Tax Bill".






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We're Here to Help Your 2018 Fundraising - 01-19-2018 Newsletter

 

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Strategize and Socialize Your Fundraising! - 01-11-18 newsletter

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Happy New Year! 01-05-18 Newsletter

Fundraising Fridays | Fostering a Culture of Generosity Across Washington

January 5, 2018   

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New Year's Resolutions

Whether it's making new resolutions to be healthier, toasting highlights from the past year like the solar eclipse or the memorable clip of a giddy toddler crashing her dad’s BBC interview, or donning swim trunks for the Polar Bear Dip in Lake Washington, most of us will observe some manner of tradition to ring in the New Year. Mine will include adopting a motto or a mantra for the next 365 days.

It can be anything really. One year it was a challenge – to do one new activity each week. This mantra led to a hike on Mt. St. Helens and a trip to the top of the St. Louis Arch. In 2016, it was a question  “What’s the best that could happen?” This inherently optimistic inquiry led to me meeting my fiancé and accepting a role on the Advancement Northwest Board. 

In 2018, AFP Advancement Northwest has adopted its own focus – to foster a culture of generosity across Washington State and within our own organizations. Together with you and the 700 other members of our Chapter, we will leverage this generosity to improve our region. Because we know for every $1 dollar given to a nonprofit the community receives $3 in benefit. These benefits include better housing options, expanded arts programs, improved parks, and more accessible educational opportunities.

While I cannot predict what 2018 has in store, I can promise you one thing; AFP Advancement Northwest will be here for you. Through monthly Core Programs, membership events, the Job Board, and the Forum on Strategic Fundraising, we will share the tools you need to advance your own career and the mission of your organization.

Happy New Year!

December 8, 2017: Contact Your Senators as Tax Reform Bills go into Reconciliation Process.

Dec. 8, 2017: Contact Your Senators as Tax Reform Bills go into Reconciliation Process.

The U.S. Senate's and House of Representatives' versions of tax reform bills are currently in Conference Committee, which is where the two versions will be reconciled. Without a Universal Charitable Deduction, nonprofit leaders believe the final version could result in a drastic drop in charitable giving. And the proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment would radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for non-partisanship of charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations.

Washington Nonprofits has a succinct primer and guidance on reaching out during this critical time.

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Here's to our 2018 Leaders!

Please join us in welcoming AFP Advancement Northwest's 2018 Board of Directors, voted in unanimously at our 2017 Annual Meeting & Holiday Social on December 4.

OFFICERS

President - Elizabeth "Beth" Castleberry, CFRE, Executive Director, King County Library System Foundation
President-elect (for 2019) - Asa Tate, Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Immediate Past President - Lara Littlefield, CFRE, Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy at CoMotion and the Global Innovation Exchance, University of Washington
Vice President of Finance - Victoria Kitts, Audit Senior Manager, Clark Nuber PS
Vice President of Philanthropy and Secretary - TBD
Vice President of Membership - Jason Dick, Director of Donor Relations - International, CRISTA Ministries 
Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access - Bryan Baker, Director of Development, Northwest Justice 
Vice President of Signature Programs - Andrea John-Smith, President, Scout Finch Consulting
Vice President of Core Programs - Troy Coalman, Director of Annual Giving and Community Engagement, Farestart
Vice President of External Relations - April Johnson, Assistant Dean, University of Washington College of Social Work








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November 30, 2017: Protect Charitable Giving in Federal Tax Reform

November 30, 2017: Protect Charitable Giving in Federal Tax Reform

AFP International and Washington Nonprofits are urging organizations to contact their US Senators to head-off negative impacts on charitable giving from the Tax Reform bill.

Review the AFP's Call to Action

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November 15, 2017: House and Senate Bills being considered now could severely impact charitable giving.

November 15, 2017: House and Senate Bills being considered now could severely impact charitable giving.

Join AFP Advancement Northwest members, AFP InternationalWashington NonprofitsAmericans for the Arts, the National Council of Nonprofits, and the Council on Foundations in making your voice heard about the proposed tax bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and their negative impact on charitable givingThese bills are being considered between Nov. 15, 2017 and Thanksgiving

Go to WA Nonprofits' Action Alert page for information and sample language to share with your senator or representative and see AFP International's summary here.

Public Policy Update - Nonprofit Coalitions Alarmed About Tax Reform

November 3rd, 2017: Nonprofit Coalitions Alarmed About Tax Reform
Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

Americans for the Arts Action Fund is urging concerned leaders and citizens to comment on the proposed tax bill in the US House of Representatives, citing the bill's impact on charitable giving, the estate tax, and on the production of artistic works. For more information read their November 2nd Blog Post


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Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

AFP is calling on U.S. members to provide comments online about the new GOP Tax Reform Framework that could reduce giving by $13 billion every year. 

How You Can Help: Go to the GOP Tax Reform Survey website and provide your comments on how the tax reform plan will affect your organization. 

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Ann Ramsay-Jenkins: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist

Please join us in honoring Ann Ramsay-Jenkins as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

For decades, Ann has generously invested her time and resources toward philanthropic causes across the nonprofit sector. Here are a few of the many ways Ann is making a positive impact in our communities and on our world, in the words of organizations that nominated her:

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H. Martin Smith Family: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Family

H. Martin Smith Family: 2017 Outstanding Family

Please join us in honoring the H. Martin Smith family as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Family on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

The Smith family's leadership and generosity has shaped the City of Seattle tremendously over the past 150 years. The late H. Martin Smith, Jr. founded one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most successful property management and commercial brokerage firms in the mid-1970s – about one century after his ancestors arrived on a whaling ship from Norway. One of his great-grandfathers purchased Alki Point from Doc Maynard in the late 1800s. Another served as Seattle’s 12th mayor from 1880 to 1882.

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Leadership Tomorrow: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Leadership Tomorrow: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Please join us in honoring Leadership Tomorrow as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Since 1982, more than 2,000 leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors have graduated from Leadership Tomorrow’s intensive yearlong training program, becoming more actively engaged in the civic and community life of our region.

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The Watershed Pub and Kitchen: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

The Watershed Pub & Kitchen: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

Please join us in honoring Watershed Pub & Kitchen as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

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Satterberg Foundation: 2017 Outstanding Foundation

Satterberg Foundation: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation

Please join us in honoring the Satterberg Foundation as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

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REI: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

REI: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Please join us in honoring REI's exceptional commitment to philanthropy at AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 2 at The Westin Seattle.

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2017 Professional Achievement Award Goes to the UW's Lee Heck

Lee HeckAssociate Vice President for Individual Giving Programs at the UW

We are thrilled to announce that AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 Professional Achievement Award goes to Lee Heck, one of the most widely respected fundraisers in the Pacific Northwest.

About Lee Heck

Lee embodies the highest standards of our profession. He's a thought leader with a passion for service to the community and an unflagging commitment to mentoring colleagues.

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'Michelle was a source of confidence when I had none'

A few years ago, I was overwhelmed with grief after life had thrown me one crushing blow after another. My 28-year-old cousin died suddenly. Not long after that, I became a foster parent, but it didn’t work out.

As those devastating losses weighed on me, it became increasingly clear that a new job I had hoped would work out just wasn’t the right fit. I knew it, but something in me refused to give up. I refused to be a quitter. So I stuck with it, then just when I felt like I was healing and that things were turning a corner, I got laid off. 

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