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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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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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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).

OFFICERS

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The True Family | 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Family

We are honored to award this year's Outstanding Philanthropic Family award to the True Family for their exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication to philanthropy across generations.

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Conner McKittrick | Outstanding Young Philanthropist

Conner McKittrick lives with the most common cause of deaf-blindness in the United States. When he was first diagnosed with Usher syndrome, his parents were devastated. Then they sprung into action, founding the Hear See Hope Foundation to support research in hopes that the genetic disease is cured in their children's lifetime. 
Conner, 16, spends his time mentoring youth with Usher syndrome all over the country. He tells his story to inspire others with his positive outlook on life. He speaks out with determination and optimism about finding a cure -- not just for his benefit, but also for his younger brother, Dalton, who was born with Usher syndrome, and the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 others in the U.S. who live with the genetic disease.



Join us this year as we honor Conner and these other phenomenal philanthropists: 

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Family: The True Family
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Skagit Community Foundation
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation: Sellen Construction
  • Outstanding Small Business: Geraldine's Counter
  • Outstanding Philanthropists: Angie Buysse and Cynthia Per-Lee

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2016



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Nominate a phenomenal philanthropist!

We're now accepting nominations for our 2016 National Philanthropy Day awards! 

As one of the world's largest chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we carry on a longstanding tradition of honoring philanthropic leaders in the following categories: corporations, small businesses, foundations, organizations, individuals, families and youth. 

Visit us online to learn more about: 

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BE the CAUSE | Advance careers and the fundraising profession

Did you know that more than 150 fundraising professionals received scholarships to attend international conferences and other fantastic training opportunities this past year – all thanks to BE the CAUSE, a joint campaign of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP chapters across the U.S.?

One of those professionals was AFP Advancement Northwest’s Asa Tate, whose 2015 Chamberlain Scholarship made it possible for her to attend AFP’s International Conference for the first time in her career, which spans nearly two decades.

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Congrats to our new CFREs!

AFP Advancement Northwest is proud to announce that these outstanding fundraising professionals have earned their CFRE certification, joining an exclusive group of 5,451 Certified Fund Raising Executives around the world.

  • Julie Bianchi, Collins Group
  • Renata Hoyle Maybruck, Housing Hope
  • Kae Peterson, EvergreenHealth Foundation
  • Alison Morton, Kindering
  • Benjamin Murane
  • Christopher Shainin,Museum of Northwest Art

To earn the CFRE credential, they all met a series of series of standards set by CFRE International, including tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to serving nonprofit organizations.

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It's official: AFP WA & NDOA are united

After years of thoughtful discussions, countless meetings and painstaking planning, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Chapter and the Northwest Development Officers Association officially united on January 1.

The new association will be the single most comprehensive source of education and networking for fundraisers in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the largest AFP chapters in the world.

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Q&A: Advancing careers and diversity

The scholarships we award every year are one of the many ways that AFP Advancement Northwest strives to break down barriers and open create meaningful opportunities for fundraisers to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Through a targeted recruitment process, we identify scholarship candidates in underrepresented groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities and staff at organizations with no professional development budgets.

In a recent interview, Sarah Tran raved about the strides she’s made as a development director thanks to her AFP scholarship.

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