Sharpen your skills and raise more money 

Our workshops, seminars and other monthly events offer a wealth of learning opportunities for development professionals. You’ll learn about innovative approaches and emerging trends in the fundraising profession – from the basics of event planning, to strategies for retaining donors and more. 


Announcing Our 2017 Monthly Trainings Schedule*

*Some programs are still being confirmed and planned. Please check back often for updates. We'll open registration for programs as soon as we confirm locations. If you're especially interested in a topic, please email the Advancement Northwest office and we'll alert you once registration opens.

ESSENTIALS SERIES: Early Career to Mid-Level

These programs offer a solid foundation of best practices in philanthropy early in your fundraising journey and a helpful refresher after you've been fundraising for some time. 

  • January 26 - The What, Who and How of Donor Communications | Erica Mills, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • March 15 - Designing Your Development Plan |  Theron Shaw, 8-9:30 a.m.
  • April 13 - Overview of Fundraising and Your Career |  Lauren Moore and Gina Hall  5-6:30 p.m.
  • May 24 - Hidden Treasure - Mid-Level Donors and Meeting Them on Their Journey| Allison Rabbitt, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • August 15 - Audience Development for Events|  Talia Silveri, 8-9:30 a.m.
  • September 19 - Winning Online Content: Digital Marketing and Comm. Techniques to Captivate Donors |  Corinne Cavanaugh, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • October 19-20 - AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course | Various speakers, All day*
  • November 15 - To be announced |  5-6:30 p.m.


Our after-hour facilitated networking gatherings welcome you no matter your level of fundraising experience. They feature guest speakers who highlight a trending topic, followed by group discussions. 

  • February 27 - Philanthropy and Equal Access |  Troy Coalman, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • May 8 - How to Have a Great Informational Interview | Jodie Miner, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • July 10 - I Gave at the Office: How to Maximize Workplace Giving Results |  Kirk Laughlin, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • October 16 - Pitch Perfect: Crafting your Quick Pitch |  Erica Mills, 5-6:30 p.m.

LEADING EDGE SERIES - Mid-Level to Senior

If you are a mid-career or advanced fundraising professional, organizational leader, or volunteer, these deeper conversations with about strategic fundraising and management topics will meet you where you are. 

  • March 2 - Calling Up the Reserves: Making the Most of Your Auxiliary Groups and Other Volunteers | Laura Edman, CFRE and Robin Bennett , Noon-1:30p.m. 
  • March 23 - Prospect Development: Leading your Small Shop to the Next Level | Sara Reyerson and Jessica Balsam, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • April 18 - Truth Be Told: Campaigns Affect Annual Giving... and How | Kate Roosevelt, 8-9:30 a.m.
  • July 18 - Onboarding, Supervising, and Evaluating for Success | Rachelle Nesta-Goff, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • August 1 - CFRE Overview Session | various speakers, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • September 27 - Connecting the Dots: Engaging your Board with Financial Reports | Wendy Rohrbacher, 8-9:30 a.m.
  • October 26 - Maximizing and Diversifying Support Through Planned Gifts | Lorraine Del Prado, Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • December 12 - Using Self-Assessment to Determine Your Organization's Path to Success | Kate Banta-Green, Noon-1:30 p.m.


This series is for Whatcom, Skagit and surrounding county fundraising professionals showcases engaging fundraising leaders from around the Northwest. 

  • February 9 - Winter is Here, We Must Stop the Nonprofit Hunger Games |Vu Le, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • April 20 - Boards and Volunteer Engagement | Susan Howlett, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • June 1 - Multichannel Fundraising: Effective Strategies | Tammy Zonker and Trent Thompson, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • October 1 - The 6 Superpowers of a Small Shop Fundraiser| 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

More Opportunities to Gather as a Fundraising Community in 2017: 

  • June 15-16 - Forum on Strategic Fundraising, All Levels
  • July 27 - Summer Social, All levels 
  • December TBD - Winter Social and Annual Meeting, All Levels

 View our full calendar of upcoming training opportunities!

*AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising offers a complete overview of fundraising, featuring the most current best practices. Ideal for individuals with zero to four years of fundraising experience. The two day course is an engaging learning experience with case studies and hands-on projects.

Most of our training programs are eligible for CFRE credits
(all but Martini Monday). Please note that CFRE tracking is self-reporting. You are required to keep track of your own attendance.