Fundraising

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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As a leader and catalyst for community philanthropy, the Skagit Community Foundation forges partnerships between the public and private sectors to bring about positive change throughout Skagit County. 

In 2016, alone, the foundation awarded more than $152,000 to 30 organizations.

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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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Angie Buysse and Cynthia Per-Lee are community philanthropists committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the Pacific Northwest. As champions of gender equity and social justice, they actively serve as advocates and ambassadors for those whose voices often go unheard. They provide strategic leadership, forge connections to personal and professional networks and offer their unending generosity to organizations and causes that push the boundaries of inclusion. Those are just a few examples of why Angie and Cynthia are so deserving of our 2016 Outstanding Philanthropists award. 

"Angie and Cynthia bring their entire selves to the diverse causes that they are committed to and compassionate about – their passion, energy, willingness to help, and their resources," Pride Foundation Kris Hermanns wrote when nominating them for the award. "Whether you need something big or small, for them to be out front or behind the scenes, formally or informally, just an introduction or a financial contribution, they are always graciously willing to do anything asked of them."


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Most people know Geraldine’s Counter as one of the best brunch spots in all of Seattle, serving up Americana comfort food in the heart of the city’s up-and-coming Columbia City neighborhood. Geraldine’s is also a pillar of community philanthropy, led by co-owners Stacey Hettinger and Gary Snyder, who partner with one of Seattle’s busiest food banks, a local elementary school and various nonprofits to raise money and awareness for numerous causes.

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Sellen Construction demonstrates an exceptional commitment to supporting the community through engaged volunteerism -- from service on local boards to offering individual time, talent and treasure. We're proud to recognize this amazing company as Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation for 2016! Sellen Construction's deep-rooted culture of corporate philanthropy spans numerous decades.

In the words of one nominator, Sellen Construction builds more than just brick and mortar buildings. They are a builder of partnerships and a builder of community

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We are proud to announce that our chapter has once again earned recognition as one of AFP’s Friends of Diversity. 

“I want to congratulate the AFP Advancement Northwest, which is playing a key role across Washington State in promoting diversity and inclusion in ethical and effective fundraising and educating the public about the importance of philanthropy and wise giving,” Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP, said in a news release announcing the honor.

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Three tax incentives for charitable giving are now a permanent part of the U.S. tax code, including one that makes it easier for many donors to plan gifts from their retirement accounts.

This is a major victory for philanthropic giving – a change that AFP International’s U.S. Government Relations Committee has been urging Congress to pass for years.

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We had a lot to celebrate at our 2015 Annual Meeting & Holiday Social: our formative first year as AFP Advancement Northwest, the tireless leaders who went above and beyond in so many ways to join two organizations into one, and the outstanding fundraising professionals who stepped up to lead us in 2016.

Please join us in welcoming our new leaders, whom our members voted in December 8, 2015: 

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It is our great honor to announce that AFP Advancement Northwest's  our 2015 Professional Achievement Award goes to Mary Kaufman-Cranney, Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy in Washington.

“Mary’s dedication and professionalism have earned her tremendous respect from her colleagues, board members, the funders, and nonprofit leaders throughout the region,” says Anne Marie MacPherson, Co-President of Advancement Northwest. “She embodies best practices in fundraising in everything she does and inspires a deep and lasting commitment to her organization's work while upholding the highest ethical standards in fundraising.”

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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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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Chapter and the Northwest Development Officers Association celebrated the season at our 2014 Holiday Social and Annual Meeting, where we also reveled in a final step toward the launch of AFP Advancement Northwest. 

In an overwhelming show of support, AFP WA and NDOA members approved elected AFP Advancement Northwest's 2015 Board of Directors and approved changes to the organization's bylaws.

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