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December 8, 2017: Contact Your Senators as Tax Reform Bills go into Reconciliation Process.

Dec. 8, 2017: Contact Your Senators as Tax Reform Bills go into Reconciliation Process.

The U.S. Senate's and House of Representatives' versions of tax reform bills are currently in Conference Committee, which is where the two versions will be reconciled. Without a Universal Charitable Deduction, nonprofit leaders believe the final version could result in a drastic drop in charitable giving. And the proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment would radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for non-partisanship of charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations.

Washington Nonprofits has a succinct primer and guidance on reaching out during this critical time.

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Here's to our 2018 Leaders!

Please join us in welcoming AFP Advancement Northwest's 2018 Board of Directors, voted in unanimously at our 2017 Annual Meeting & Holiday Social on December 4.

OFFICERS

President - Elizabeth "Beth" Castleberry, CFRE, Executive Director, King County Library System Foundation
President-elect (for 2019) - Asa Tate, Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Immediate Past President - Lara Littlefield, CFRE, Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy at CoMotion and the Global Innovation Exchance, University of Washington
Vice President of Finance - Victoria Kitts, Audit Senior Manager, Clark Nuber PS
Vice President of Philanthropy and Secretary - TBD
Vice President of Membership - Jason Dick, Director of Donor Relations - International, CRISTA Ministries 
Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access - Bryan Baker, Director of Development, Northwest Justice 
Vice President of Signature Programs - Andrea John-Smith, President, Scout Finch Consulting
Vice President of Core Programs - Troy Coalman, Director of Annual Giving and Community Engagement, Farestart
Vice President of External Relations - April Johnson, Assistant Dean, University of Washington College of Social Work








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November 30, 2017: Protect Charitable Giving in Federal Tax Reform

November 30, 2017: Protect Charitable Giving in Federal Tax Reform

AFP International and Washington Nonprofits are urging organizations to contact their US Senators to head-off negative impacts on charitable giving from the Tax Reform bill.

Review the AFP's Call to Action

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November 15, 2017: House and Senate Bills being considered now could severely impact charitable giving.

November 15, 2017: House and Senate Bills being considered now could severely impact charitable giving.

Join AFP Advancement Northwest members, AFP InternationalWashington NonprofitsAmericans for the Arts, the National Council of Nonprofits, and the Council on Foundations in making your voice heard about the proposed tax bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and their negative impact on charitable givingThese bills are being considered between Nov. 15, 2017 and Thanksgiving

Go to WA Nonprofits' Action Alert page for information and sample language to share with your senator or representative and see AFP International's summary here.

Public Policy Update - Nonprofit Coalitions Alarmed About Tax Reform

November 3rd, 2017: Nonprofit Coalitions Alarmed About Tax Reform
Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

Americans for the Arts Action Fund is urging concerned leaders and citizens to comment on the proposed tax bill in the US House of Representatives, citing the bill's impact on charitable giving, the estate tax, and on the production of artistic works. For more information read their November 2nd Blog Post


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Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

Make Your Voice Heard on the New Tax Reform Plan

AFP is calling on U.S. members to provide comments online about the new GOP Tax Reform Framework that could reduce giving by $13 billion every year. 

How You Can Help: Go to the GOP Tax Reform Survey website and provide your comments on how the tax reform plan will affect your organization. 

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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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2017 Professional Achievement Award goes to the UW's Lee Heck

Lee Heck, Associate Vice President for Individual Giving Programs at the UW

We are thrilled to announce that AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 Professional Achievement Award goes to Lee Heck, one of the most widely respected fundraisers in the Pacific Northwest.

Lee embodies the highest standards of our profession. He's a thought leader with a passion for service to the community and an unflagging commitment to mentoring colleagues.

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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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Map out your 2017 training and networking calendar

To help you start planning your 2017 professional development calendar, here's a full schedule of our events for the whole year. Dates, times and programs are subject to change. We'll keep you posted via email and on our website as we finalize details on events, activities and tools we'll be rolling out in the months to come to take your fundraising career to the next level!

Essentials Series - Early Career to Mid-Level 

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Here's to our 2017 leaders!

Please join us in welcoming AFP Advancement Northwest's 2017 Board of Directors, voted in unanimously at our 2016 Holiday Social & Annual Meeting:

OFFICERS

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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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Skagit Community Foundation | 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

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 | 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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