AFP Advancement Northwestt 2022 Annual Conference

The Future of Fundraising
Recorded June 9-10, 2022

Invest in yourself and your career.

Explore future directions in philanthropy and learn approaches to respond to recent shifts in the fundraising world from nationally recognized experts. Enjoy thought-provoking keynote discussions with leaders from the philanthropy community, C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser and Dr. Lucy Bernholz. They will challenge us to reconsider the meaning of philanthropy and how we define giving.

Conference Recording

Everyone who registered for the live event will be sent a link to the conference recording. We anticipate that it will be ready in July.

Missed the registration deadline for the live event? You’ll be sent the recording link at the same time as people who attended the live event.

CFRE Credits

CFRE tracking is self-reporting. You are required to keep track of your own attendance. You can login to your CFRE account or start your application online. Please note that AFP Advancement Northwest is not a pre-approved CFRE provider. Please follow the CFRE guidelines regarding continuing education reporting.

Day 1

Keynote Speaker

C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser

C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser

C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser was the first Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Satterberg Foundation. She started the Black Ivy Collective in 2021. She brings her perspective as both a past foundation leader and as a current community activist to this conversation about what philanthropy should look like.

Gardner Gleser will lead us in a discussion about shifting power dynamics to get people closer to the challenges and the solutions in positions of power. We’ll explore how these changes can improve outcomes and allocation of resources, moving toward a goal of building on the compassion embedded in the idea of philanthropy to make a shift in the sector.

Two Years into the Movement: CCF Practitioners Share Their Experience at 10:45 a.m.

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Rachel D’Souza-Siebert, Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Gladiator Consulting

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Faybra Hemphill, Lead Racial Equity Capacity Catalyst of Forward Through Ferguson

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Michael Woods, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Dream Builders 4 Equity

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Neosha Franklin, Director of Communications St. Louis Community Foundation

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Sheleia Phillips, MPH, CHES, Founder and Principal Consultant at SMP Nonprofit Consulting

With the growing momentum of the Community-Centric Fundraising movement, many nonprofit professionals are critical in wondering if this approach is sustainable for organizations to operate. We have seen organizations implement changes, but it’s time to hear the real stories of how these changes have been received – internally and externally – and what resources it took to become an organization that has truly adopted the CCF model. This panel will discuss the 10 principles of Community-Centric Fundraising and the movement’s history. Nonprofit leaders will discuss early learnings from adopting Community-Centric Fundraising practices, explore how organizations’ morale and culture has changed through authentic conversations, and how transformational relationships with donors have been made possible with honesty and remaining rooted in education and the true heart of philanthropy – the love of people.

Fundraising Through an Equity Lens

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Tanya Mote, Executive Director of the College Foundation SPSCC and Consultant

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Parfait Bassalé, Executive Diversity Officer SPSCC and Equity Strategist

Challenges related to historical fundraising models will be presented and participants will be given equity-minded alternatives with examples of implementation. Using this approach, participants will be invited to begin imagining the possibilities with their own fundraising efforts. This interactive session will feature stories, music, and tools to help your organization move from what if, to yes.

Going Beyond DEI Trainings: Changing Structures to Change Culture within Teams and Organizations

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Erika Chen, Principal and Founder, Erika Lian Chen Consulting

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Blake Bowers, Finance and People & Culture Administrator, Friends of Waterfront Seattle

The words “diversity, equity, inclusion,” sometimes with the added words “access” or “justice” have become very popular. Many organizations have realized that their workforces are lacking racial diversity, and that the people of color they do have on staff regularly experience microaggressions. This session will focus on areas where existing structures can be changed to meaningfully reflect DEI values. If we want to be actively anti-racist within our teams, our organizations, and our work, we need to start changing these structures. We must get comfortable with recognizing and naming instances where white dominant culture prevails; we need to listen to our colleagues of color and figure out where the disparate outcomes stem from, so that we can begin to tear them down and create new, more equitable structures.

Day 2

Keynote Speaker

Lucy Bernholz, PhD

Lucy Bernholz, PhD

Lucy Bernholz, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS, traveled the country to hear from people about how they use their time, shopping, investing, and digital data to make the world a better place. Her book, How We Give Now: A Philanthropic Guide for the Rest of Us, won the PROSE Award for scholarly work in economics.

Dr. Bernholz will discuss the ways we give and the implications for nonprofits and communities, and she will inspire us to reimagine the boundaries of giving.

Photo of Dr. Bernholz courtesy of Jay Adams.

Moving Beyond Bricks and Plaques: New Perspectives on Building Inclusive Naming & Recognition Practices

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Sarah Marino, Vice Present of Fundraising at Campbell & Company

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Scott Jackson, Associate Consultant at Campbell & Company

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Mercedes Luna, Director of Individual Giving at the Wing Luke Museum

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Jamie Herlich McIalwain, Chief Advancement Officer at Seattle Repertory Theatre

The landscape of naming and recognition policies and standard practices is experiencing a significant evolution and shift toward inclusivity and community-based approaches, particularly due to several exceptional gifts at high-profile institutions at a time when the sector is grappling with its own inherent power dynamics. We’ll explore the recent trends of naming and recognition practices and illuminate a path forward to shift policies and programs toward more inclusive and community-centric approaches. Through thoughtful discussion and new perspectives, we’ll provide an opportunity for reflection and evaluation of organizations’ naming and recognition practices – and offer steps to establish a clear understanding of the community’s needs, interests, and opinions.

Grantwriting: Not just for Mainstream Nonprofits

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Allison Shirk, Executive Director of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes and Professor of Grantwriting at Western Washington University

Learn how the process of reviewing grant applications is changing so that more organizations are able to compete. This interactive session takes an inside look at how peer reviewers for grantmakers are being trained in community-centric fundraising principles to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Discuss how to get your organization’s ideas on paper to form partnerships with grantmakers, especially when your organization is new or doing things differently than others.

Finding Fundraising Talent: Creating an Inclusive Hiring Process

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Agnes Zach, CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Now

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Anthony Petchel, Search Consultant with Nonprofit Professionals Now

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Leah Altman, Director of Philanthropy at YWCA Clark County

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Nina Nguyen, Search Manager with Nonprofit Professionals Now

Long before the pandemic, hiring and retaining talented fundraisers had been a challenge for the nonprofit sector. For more than a decade, the national average for a Development Director tenure has hovered between 15-18 months. At the same time, we know that the longevity of the fundraising staff is one of the largest drivers of fundraising success. Creating a dynamic hiring process that represents the diversity of our community, clients, and organization requires intention and changes to how things have always been done. In this session, Nonprofit Professionals Now’s staff and clients break down the steps of a successful community-centered hiring process and recognize the skills and questions fundraisers of color may bring to the process. The panel will walk through each step in the hiring process and identify Community-Centered learning moments.

Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors!

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Program Sponsor

Campbell & Company. Your Mission. Our Passion.

Event Sponsor & Two-Day Exhibitor

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Event Sponsor

Columbia Bank

Event Sponsor

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Event Sponsor

Seattle Convention Center

Event Sponsor

Synchronicity. Strategy. Design. Planning. Production

Event Sponsor

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Two-Day Exhibitor

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Two-Day Exhibitor