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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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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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Ann Ramsay-Jenkins: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist

Please join us in honoring Ann Ramsay-Jenkins as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

For decades, Ann has generously invested her time and resources toward philanthropic causes across the nonprofit sector. Here are a few of the many ways Ann is making a positive impact in our communities and on our world, in the words of organizations that nominated her:

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H. Martin Smith Family: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Family

H. Martin Smith Family: 2017 Outstanding Family

Please join us in honoring the H. Martin Smith family as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Family on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

The Smith family's leadership and generosity has shaped the City of Seattle tremendously over the past 150 years. The late H. Martin Smith, Jr. founded one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most successful property management and commercial brokerage firms in the mid-1970s – about one century after his ancestors arrived on a whaling ship from Norway. One of his great-grandfathers purchased Alki Point from Doc Maynard in the late 1800s. Another served as Seattle’s 12th mayor from 1880 to 1882.

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Leadership Tomorrow: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Leadership Tomorrow: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Please join us in honoring Leadership Tomorrow as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Since 1982, more than 2,000 leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors have graduated from Leadership Tomorrow’s intensive yearlong training program, becoming more actively engaged in the civic and community life of our region.

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The Watershed Pub and Kitchen: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

The Watershed Pub & Kitchen: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

Please join us in honoring Watershed Pub & Kitchen as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

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Satterberg Foundation: 2017 Outstanding Foundation

Satterberg Foundation: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation

Please join us in honoring the Satterberg Foundation as AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the organization’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

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REI: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

REI: 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Please join us in honoring REI's exceptional commitment to philanthropy at AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 2 at The Westin Seattle.

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'Michelle was a source of confidence when I had none'

A few years ago, I was overwhelmed with grief after life had thrown me one crushing blow after another. My 28-year-old cousin died suddenly. Not long after that, I became a foster parent, but it didn’t work out.

As those devastating losses weighed on me, it became increasingly clear that a new job I had hoped would work out just wasn’t the right fit. I knew it, but something in me refused to give up. I refused to be a quitter. So I stuck with it, then just when I felt like I was healing and that things were turning a corner, I got laid off. 

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Vote on our 2017 leaders

All AFP Advancement Northwest members are invited to vote in our 2017 Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting & Holiday Social on Monday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pike Place Market (Atrium Suite, 85 Pike Street, Seattle).


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