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To Engage New Donors, Invite Them Over - June Education Program Newsletter

If you invite them, they will come (if you offer food, drink, and a compelling reason of course)

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Last Chance to Register for the 2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising!



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And the Recipient of the 2019 Professional Achievement Award Is ...


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Save the Date for National Philanthropy Day: November 7


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DEADLINE EXTENDED for the 2019 Professional Achievement Award

Have you filled out a nomination yet?

March 20, 2019

Nomination Period Extended until March 25

We've extended the deadline for you to get your nomination in for the 2019 Professional Achievement Award. This annual award honors a fundraising professional who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession.

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Nominations Now Open for 2021 Board President - New Process this Year!

Are you ready to lead? Know someone who is?

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Pause, Reflect, Come Together

Pause, Reflect, Come Together

Recently, while preparing to welcome our new board members to AFP Advancement Northwest during their onboarding orientation, I was reminded how important it is that take a moment to look back in time in order to understand how we might move forward – together. Let me explain.

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Member Spotlight: Erika Chen

I was grateful to snag 2019 co-Chair of the Advancement Northwest Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Committee, Erika Chen, for a quick chat – though she was reluctant to have a conversation. She said, quietly, “I’m an introvert.”

Using her impressive LinkedIn Profile, however, the conversation was easy – there was so much material to work with! Erika is currently the Event and Volunteer Manager at Rainier Scholars, whose mission fits perfectly with Erika’s passion. She summed up her job this way: “I work at Rainier Scholars because I believe in addressing inequities, and they do a great job of walking alongside amazing students and helping them to succeed.”

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.

I am getting married this month. As a forty-something bride-to-be, I've felt empowered to forgo many of the typical wedding rituals. We will not have a ring bearer, a flower girl, or a bouquet toss. One tradition I am embracing is the wearing of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. 

Embedded is this quaint custom is the understanding that we benefit when we honor our past, embrace the future, and borrow from our friends. Volunteering gives us the chance to do all of these. 

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Fielding a Forum with a Focus on Diversity and Equity

This year’s Forum on Strategic Fundraising brought together professionals for two days of sessions on a wide variety of topics. The Forum also represented one way that AFP Advancement Northwest is bringing a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access into its own work. From the planning stages of the Forum, leaders worked to recruit and select presenters with a lens of diversity and equity in mind. This included emphasizing peer learning opportunities and thinking about the representation of speakers from the keynote to the snack time sessions.

The emphasis on diverse voices meant that we planned a lot of sessions that specifically addressed an equity lens, noted Andrea John-Smith, Vice President of Signature Programs for AFP Advancement Northwest.

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What to Expect When You are a Mentor (or Protege)

What to Expect When You are a Mentor (or Protégé)

We recently sat down with Asa Irwin and Nicole Angus, a mentor and protégé pair connected through AFP Advancement Northwest's Mentor Program, to talk about their experience working together and the impact the program has had on their work. If their story inspires you, consider signing up as a mentor or protégé, visit our website.

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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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Highlights from the Forum on Strategic Fundraising

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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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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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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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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.

Advancement Northwest Career Center

What do the organizations Bellevue Schools Foundation, Agros International, and Treehouse have in common? They are hiring. How do I know? Because of the Advancement Northwest Career Center.

The hiring process can be trying for both job seekers and the employers. However, the Advancement Northwest Career Center has new tools and features that make it easier for everyone.

Featured Jobs: Organizations have the opportunity to make their listing stand out. As a “Featured Job,” the posting is always positioned at the top of the feed, increasing its visibility and ensuring it gets the maximum number of views.

Job Alerts: As a job seeker, you can set up alerts to let you know when a specific title pops up or when jobs in a certain sector are available. For example, if you’re interested in working in education as a major gift officer, you can set up a daily or weekly alert to push notifications to you.

Resume review: No matter what stage of our careers we are in, we can all benefit from having a fresh set of eyes take a look at our resume and offering critical feedback. 

The Career Center is a benefit of your AFP Advancement Northwest membership. It grants you unlimited access to learning about new career opportunities, the chance to gain insights into the campaigns and management structures of peer institutions, and the tools to make sure that when your organization is hiring, you are positioned to attract the strongest possible candidates at discounted rates.

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Your Investment in Philanthropy

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Advancement Northwest Strategic Plan

“No battle plan survives first contact.” This is a pithier version of a quote from the 19th Century Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke. It is also one of the truest statements I have read about planning. Who among us hasn’t spent months working on an event only to have the program upended by Mother Nature, a faulty sound system or a rogue keynote speaker? 

So, if plans are immediately obliterated once put into motion, why do we make them? 

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