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Investing in Tomorrow's Nonprofit Leaders - 06-22-2018 Newsletter

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Last Chance to Submit a Nomination!

Deadline to submit your nomination for National Philanthropy Day is this Friday, June 22!

Have you been thinking about all the phenomenal philanthropists you know and wondering which one(s) you should nominate for a 2018 National Philanthropy Day award?

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Forum Recap: Important Ideas and Ideals - 06-14-2018 Newsletter

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Highlights from the Forum on Strategic Fundraising

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Networking - It gets a bad rap but is essential - 06-08-2018 Newsletter

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Benefits of Building a Network

Networking. It gets a bad rap. It's something we are supposed to do. Like flossing. Most of us don't enjoy it. But we do it. Why? Because we have seen the benefits. So, while it may be a bit uncomfortable we have come to appreciate this task of running a string betwixt even the tightest of teeth is totally worth it. 

It's the same with networking. Having a meaningful exchange with someone new and/or reconnecting with a former colleague takes a little extra effort. But, like flossing the benefits are real. Events like the Advancement Northwest Forum on Strategic Fundraising give us each a chance to build or develop a network of trusted peers. 

In the last year, I have realized these benefits first-hand. Calls to my network have generated ideas and discussion on everything from the valuation of corporate sponsorship of library programs, to peer reviews, to learning more about the pros and cons of a raise the paddle ask at a gala event. Not only did my colleagues share valuable information, saving me and my organization lots of time and money, they reminded me that I'm not alone. That the struggles, questions, and challenges I'm facing - they face as well. 

I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and making some new friends today at the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. I hope to see you there and at other upcoming events! 

Warm regards,





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Tips for Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Last month, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee previewed the idea of moving from a mindset of “checking the diversity box” to embracing an organizational culture that values inclusion and equity. Easier said than done, right? 

It’s hard enough that every organization approaches this topic with a different perspective and history but add the fact that every person within an organization will have a different level of knowledge, comfort, and commitment to tackling these questions, and it’s clear why just checking a box is so tempting. 

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Ways to Create a Culture of Equity and Inclusion - 05-31-2018 Newsletter

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Why Attend the Forum?

Your next boss, hire or co-worker could be in the room.

May 29, 2018
Oh, I wanna be just like Vu!
I wanna talk like Vu
Walk like Vu
You'll see it's true
Boop-boop-bi-doo!


I'm singing the song above to the tune of The Jungle Book's endearing song, and I am all ramped-up to hear Vu Le at AFP Advancement Northwest 2018 Forum on Strategic Fundraising. Do you love hearing from exciting thought leaders? I do. Take a minute to watch this video from Vu. 





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Conversation with 2018 Professional Achievement Award Winner, Ray Li

Congratulations to Ray Li, the winner of this year’s Professional Achievement Award! Ray is not only a strong leader in the sector, but also the first person of color to receive the award. We sat down with Ray to talk about this and other thoughts he had about the sector.

Can you tell us about an early philanthropic experience that shaped you into who you are today?

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Connections and Representation Matter - 05-24-2018 Newsletter

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A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

As I stop and reflect, I can recall countless experiences with mentors and protégés that have truly enriched my life personally and professionally. I am thankful for each and every one of them. It brings me joy to know they would say the same about their interactions with me.

It does not matter if you are the trusted advisor or the person receiving guidance and support. The relationship between mentor and protégé is rewarding for all who are open to sharing, learning, and embracing new ideas, perspectives and possibilities.

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Congrats Ray Li, the 2018 Professional Achievement Award winner! - 05/18/2018 Newsletter

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Recognizing generosity in your community - 05/16/2018 Newsletter

Nominations for National Philanthropy Day are now open!

Generous actions happen every day in our local communities. Sometimes it is a small action, like a person picking up a dropped key and returning it to the owner. At other times, people or organizations choose to make a large investment to help solve a community need. 

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Learn How to Keep Great Employees at this Year's Forum

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Spring Training, It's not just for athletes - 05-04-2018 Newsletter

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What Does Generosity Look Like in Washington?

I recently started doing push-ups – 100 a day. Okay, I will admit I don’t do them every day. On average, it's about 500 a week. But, that’s pretty good for someone who did a total of 50 push-ups in 2017.

But why I am writing about push-ups? Because push-ups build muscles just as professional development does. Athletes like Russell Wilson, Sue Bird, and Felix Hernandez spend weeks at training camps doing drills, learning new strategies, and working on the fundamentals. They challenge themselves so when they hit the field, the court or the pitching mound they are ready. 

The Forum on Strategic Fundraising is our training camp. Held June 7 and 8, it gives us a chance to build new skills and experience the joy of “muscle memory” as we are reminded of practices that helped us achieve success.

If you are new to the field of fundraising I recommend attending “Making the Ask” with Gregory Robertson. You will come away with practical steps in getting a meeting and securing a gift. Want to increase diversity and inclusion in your organization? Attend the session led by Fleur Louise Larsen and Keonna Jackson of HR and Equity Consulting.

It is often challenging to find the time and the money to attend a two-day professional training workshop, but I encourage you to just do it (to borrow a slogan). The tools and the contacts you will come away with will serve you when it’s your turn to call the next play, to make a change in the roster or to step up to the plate.

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The Importance of Talking About Diversity - 04-26-2018 Newsletter

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Defining Diversity

AFP Advancement Northwest’s commitment to diversity extends to race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, age, geography, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and income. This broad definition of diversity provides multiple lenses through which the organization works to advance equity, engage new voices and leaders, and develop accessible avenues for all to participate, learn, and lead.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee places a particular focus on leading equity work from a racial lens, especially given how widely and deeply felt inequity in this area has been, and continues to be in our region and our field. The committee believes that leading with race has the greatest potential to spark intersectional conversations and action in all areas of equity and inclusion. As one committee member put it, “Once my organization started talking about race, I noticed we started talking about other things like gender-neutral signs on the bathrooms.”

Through all of this work, our goal is to shift organizations from approaching diversity as simply “checking a box”, to a culture of inclusion that seeks out and values a variety of perspectives. Next month, we’ll share some tactics for how your organization can embrace that shift.

Fundraising's #MeToo Movement

Did you see the new report on sexual harassment in fundraising?

AFP, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that almost half of fundraisers have been sexually harassed at some point in their career. In 68% of the cases, their harasser was a donor.

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