Find support, build your community, join an affinity group
You know how valuable it is to connect with peers who work in similar organizations. Say you’re just starting out as an annual fund manager, and think of how helpful it would be to bounce ideas off someone in the same role at another organization, or to learn how a colleague made the leap from annual giving to major gifts.
To help you find support and build your community, we’ve assembled a list of affinity groups across the state.
What’s an affinity group? A group of fellow nonprofit fundraising professionals who meet from time to time to talk about something they share something in common. They might work in the same sector or have the same a job title. They might live in the same region or have insights about a role that’s on your list of career aspirations. Whatever it is you share in common, these are people who relate to the many tactical and strategic challenges you juggle in your work as a fundraiser. These are your people.
AFP Advancement Northwest does not run any of these groups. They are all organized by volunteers in the community. If you are interested in starting your own affinity group, review this guide to get started. Once your group is established contact us for inclusion in the list below.
|Executive Director Forums
Executive Directors in King County
|Lucinda Stroud||Quarterly||Pacific Tower, Seattle|
|Snohomish County Nonprofit Network
Learning and networking for development
professionals in Snohomish County
|Fundraising for the Arts Task Force
Arts and Culture in King County
of each month
|Virtual (for the forseeable future)|
|Skagit Nonprofit Professionals
We organize around best practices
for nonprofits and are located in
|Mary McGoffin||Monthly||Skagit Publishing community room
|Whatcom Nonprofit Network
(Formerly Whatcom Council of Nonprofits)
Strengthen nonprofits in Whatcom County
|Event Fundraisers Cohort
Network for event fundraisers to share ideas and challenges with colleagues in the industry. Connect with us online on Facebook!
|APAs in Development
Asian Pacific Americans in non-profit fund development
|Mary Ann Midori Goto||Quarterly||None|
|Major Gifts in a Small Shop
People who raise major gifts and work in small shops
|Washington State Arts Alliance
Government affairs/public fundraising trends/legislation impacting nonprofits
|Christopher Shainin||Last Friday
of each month
|CFRE Study Group
For anyone who is planning on taking the CFRE exam and is looking for people with whom to study
|Executive Directors Bag & Brag Luncheons
Executive Directors working in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, or Okanogan Counties
|ED Happy Hour
Executive Directors in the greater Seattle area
|Corporate Giving Network
Educational and professional development group for those focused on corporate giving and sponsorships.
|Joy Stephens||Second Thursday of each month|
|Blackbaud Users Group (BUG)
Blackbaud database users in western Washington. Includes Raiser’s Edge and other Blackbaud products.
|Dana Flanegin||2-3 times per year|
|King County Executive Director Forum
The forums bring together executive director peers to learn from each other. This group is organized by 501 Commons. Free for members, $15 fee for non-members.
|Puget Sound Consultants Coffee
Get to know other consultants supporting nonprofits at the Puget Sound Consultants Coffee. Held every other month, we gather for networking, collaborative conversation, partnership in projects, trends discussion in the industry, so we can build community among us and better serve our clients. And there is coffee.
Any freelance or consultants that serve mission-based organizations, of any size, are welcome.
|Kris McRea||Every other month||varies|
NOTE: We do our best to keep this list updated. If you reach out to an affinity group leader and don’t hear back in a timely manner, let us know; that may mean the group is no longer meeting. If you know of any affinity groups that are not listed, email the office and we’ll add it to our list.
We recommend contacting the primary contact for a group to learn more about it before you attend the first meeting. In some cases, group members all share the same job type while others welcome new members who aspire to those positions.
If you are interested in adding an Affinity Group to this list, please contact the office. We’ll reach out if any additional information is needed before posting the group.