2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising: Building Generosity

Speaker Proposal Guide 

All proposals submitted before December 7, will be considered. Finalists will be notified by the end of the calendar year ahead of the full Forum schedule announcement in January.

About AFP Advancement Northwest and the Forum

AFP Advancement Northwest is one of the largest Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters in the world. Our members,  breathe life into our vision for communities to be models of philanthropic impact.  Advancement Northwest opens doors to innovative opportunities that advance the skills of development professionals and elevate our profession.

The Forum on Strategic Fundraising is a core part of how we deliver on our mission to build leaders who fundraise to transform communities locally and across the world. This two-day conference is the Pacific Northwest’s most intensive and comprehensive training event for nonprofit fundraisers. 

Forum Curriculum

Past attendees have identified that the Forum audience is most helpful to mid-career professionals with 5-7 years of experience in the sector. That being said, the Forum is programmed with a generalist approach. We strive to have sessions that speak to early, mid, and executive career professionals across development teams of all sizes and scopes. Advancement Northwest through the Forum programming aims to empower the leader within each individual.

The 2019 Forum will take place on June 6th and 7th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.  The schedule will include a morning program (Lightning Talks on Thursday, Keynote on Friday), a lunch program, and afternoons of presentations. 

Presentation Tracks will be consistent on both Day 1 and Day 2. Day 1 sessions will be 90 minutes in length, Day 2 sessions will be 60 minutes in length. Upon review of your proposal, the Forum Committee may reach out to you to see if your session may be a fit for one of our interactive Snack Time Sessions.

The four tracks for the 2019 Forum speak to different aspects of our Advancement Northwest Strategic Plan and include:

Track 1: Community

Examples of sessions include:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
  • Harassment in the Nonprofit Sector

Track 2: Career Advancement

Examples of sessions include:

  • How to Pivot Your Career
  • Fundraising 2.0 - Past the Basics

Track 3: Smart Structure

Examples of sessions include:

  • Board Training for Dynamic Fundraising 
  • Donor Strategies and Tools

Track 4: Organizational Culture

Examples of sessions include:

  • Community-Centered Fundraising
  • Managing Up for Fundraising Success

Mutual Commitments

AFP Advancement Northwest expects presenters to:

  • Include at least one client as a co-presenter, whom you have successfully partnered with in your presentation if submitting an RFP on behalf of a consultancy.
  • Acknowledge that presenting at the Forum is an opportunity for knowledge sharing and not a showcase for the promotion of business, product, or service.
  • Participate in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar training prior to the 2019 Forum.
  • Submit a copy of your presentation by April 1 for review.
  • Notify the Forum Committee of any significant changes to your presentation before May 1, 2019.

AFP Advancement Northwest commits to:

  • Providing all presenters with a 50% discount code to register for the Forum.
  • Assisting in securing all audio-visual needs on behalf of presenters ahead of the session.
  • Provide timely feedback and evaluation after the Forum. 
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Interested in speaking on a smaller scale? The Advancement Northwest's Core Programs committee is planning on a new approach for planning monthly programs in 2019 for Essentials and Leading Edge. The committee will be curating 1 program per month to bring improved focus on programming and sector trends as well as needs for our membership. For 2019, we will be focusing each quarter on a different phase of the Donor Lifecycle. If you have questions or inquiries, you may contact Vice President of Core Programs, Troy Coalman