June 15-16, 2017
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Advance registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Join us for the Pacific Northwest’s most intensive and comprehensive training event for nonprofit fundraisers. Whether you're new to fundraising or an experienced major gift officer, a board member or chief development officer, a communications manager or executive director -- you will grow your fundraising acumen at our 2017 Forum on Strategic Fundraising! 

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Learn and save the most by attending both days!

Forum registration includes breakfast and lunch each day.

Full Forum Rates

(Before April 14)
(After April 14)



$350.00 $395.00 $400.00


$450.00 $495.00 $500.00

Single-Day Rates

(Before April 14)
(After April 14)



$230.00 $230.00 $230.00 


$265.00 $265.00  $280.00

Friday Luncheon Only
(Professional Achievement Award Presentation)

$75.00 $75.00 $75.00 
In honor of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 57th Anniversary, AFP will be offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories by June 30, 2017. Learn more here. 



Pre-Forum Happy Hour! 5:30 p.m. at Optimism Brewing. Whether you’re joining us for the entire Forum or just one day, come out and party with your brilliant colleagues at our no-host happy hour the night before the Forum begins. It'll be a great opportunity to get a jumpstart on your networking!  

Thank you to our Happy Hour Sponsor: 



For nearly a decade, Joan Garry served as the Executive Director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the country, where she launched several successful media campaigns, including GLAAD’s successful campaign to lobby the New York Times to include same sex wedding announcements in its Style section. She later acted as the co-chair of Barack Obama’s LGBT Finance Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign. Joan now works with nonprofit leaders, assisting with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams to support the work of the CEO. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy as a professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Joan’s nonprofit work began after 14 years in executive positions in corporate entertainment, including her role as a member of the management team that launched MTV in 1981.

TWO AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS: Your choice of three sessions led by experienced fundraising professionals. Each session will be offered in both the early and late-afternoon sessions.

1. Why Donors Give: How to Connect Your Donors to Your Cause by Telling Stories About Action, Jeff Brooks
2. Program Relevance in the 21st Century, Vaughnetta Barton, Gordon McHenry, Barbara Lynne Jamison, Sarah Brooks
3. Data, Analytics, Research -- Oh My! The Art & Science of Engaging Donors, Lee Heck, Susan Haynes McQueen, Rob Wiseman, Asa Tate


OPENING KEYNOTE: Influencing the Influencers
Eric Liu, Founder & CEO of Citizen University

Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs (citizenuniversity.us), and the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy, and The True Patriot, co-authored with Nick Hanauer. Eric's most recent book is You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen (March 2017). His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race.” His other books include A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream, Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, which explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.

FOUR AFTERNOON WORKSHOP SESSIONS: Your choice of four sessions in five tracks: Major Gifts, Management/Leadership, Communications/Annual Giving, Personal/Professional Development, and Campaigns.

A note to new and renewing members: If you've recently joined or renewed, it may take up to 5 business days for AFP International to process your membership. If you do not see the member rate when you log in to register, please contact our business office to verify your membership. The early bird discount rate is available to you as long as you email us before 11:45 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

*Member rates are available to those with an AFP membership in any chapter. If you are a member of a different chapter, please contact Advancement Northwest for instructions on how to register at the reduced rate.

Interpreter services are available upon request during registration. 

CFRE Credits

The 2017 Forum on Strategic Fundraising is eligible for 10 CFRE credit hours.

Pre-registration will close on Monday, June 12. Walk-ins will be welcome as always.