Advancement Northwest Board Recruitment Process

We are now accepting applications for great leaders to serve on our Board of Directors. We invite you to nominate someone (yourself or a standout colleague) who has served on one of our committees for at least one or two years. Please note, if you are nominating someone to be on the board, the form will need to be completed by the individual applying to serve on the board. 

Deadline for nominations is September 16.

Our Vision 

Advancement Northwest builds and inspires fundraisers who lead and leaders who fundraise. 

Working in partnership with philanthropists and funders, Advancement Northwest will transform the ways in which we serve fundraising professionals to galvanize the growth and success of nonprofits and the causes they support. 

Together, we are the people who make dreams come true: the fundraisers who connect donors' passions to nonprofit missions and the generous individuals and businesses that support the causes our local and global communities hold dear. We aim to transform the relationship between donors and fundraisers, building a more vital culture of philanthropy and stronger communities for us all. 

Board Member Responsibilities 


AFP Advancement Northwest's Board of Directors is a working board. As a volunteer-led organization, Board members plan and execute the work of the Chapter, in partnership with committee members, members, volunteers, and our staff, SBI Association Management. 

Term of Service
Board members serve one-year renewable terms. It has been our practice, however, for directors to commit to serve for two years, renewable for up to six years. Terms begin in January. 

Board members serve in any specific officer role for two years only. No director may serve more than eight years consecutively on the board unless also serving as president, president-elect or immediate past president. A one-year break in service is required otherwise. 

It is expected that Board Members will: 

Be an AFP member: Each Board member must be a member in good standing of AFP, with dues current and paid. 

Be an advocate for the organization: Each Board member represents Advancement Northwest, as well as the fundraising profession. Board members help communicate the Chapter's mission by representing Advancement Northwest formally and informally with groups and individuals in the community.

Attend Board meetings: Each Board member is expected to attend Board meetings, preferably in person, but if that is not possible, via conference call. The Board will meet nearly monthly in 2017 (10 times). 

Serve Actively on a Committee: Since the Board is a working board, it is important that each Board member serve on a standing committee, either as VP, Co-Chair or as a committee member. 

Participate in the AFP Foundation’s Be the Cause Campaign: It is expected that each Board member will make a gift to the AFP BE the CAUSE Campaign to the best of her/his ability. The Foundation advances philanthropy at the international and national levels. Contributions provide scholarships, webinars and other resources, and supports advocacy and research. If the chapter meets its fundraising goal for the campaign, 25%-35% is returned directly to the chapter. Additional grants are awarded to chapters that excel in membership participation in the campaign.

Attend Chapter events: Each Board member is required to attend at least two monthly programs and one of the signature conference/events per year (the Forum or National Philanthropy Day). Board members can attend for free, excepting the cost of food, any Essentials program and one monthly program. Board members are encouraged to attend the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon and to secure a table of ten for the event.

Recruit new Chapter members: Each Board member is encouraged to recruit at least one new Chapter member each year of his/her term.

Process for Recruitment of New Board Members
AFP Advancement Northwest has a robust succession plan. Candidates for board positions are eagerly sought throughout the year. We are particularly focused on recruiting new board members through the lens of diversity and inclusion, and recruiting those in our profession who are thought leaders and innovators in our field. All board recruits are expected to have served on a Committee for at least one or two years prior to being nominated to service.

New leadership is often identified through the work of the various committees. Committee chairs are encouraged to inform the Committee on Directorships, Chaired by the Immediate Past President, when they have identified an emerging leader. If you currently serve on a committee and are interested in joining the board, please let your committee chair know!

Candidates and action plans are developed and maintained by the Immediate Past President in the Committee on Directorship workbook. The Committee on Directorship prepares a slate for nomination and presents it to the board in October. The membership votes on the slate at the Annual Meeting in December. New board members begin their work in January.