Nominations & Awards
Professional Achievement Award
Advancement Northwest is pausing the Professional Achievement Award and will not choose a recipient in 2021.
The award honors a fundraising professional who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession, shows personal integrity, and whose work has made a clear difference in philanthropic missions across our community.
The last year has presented many obstacles for fundraisers. It does not feel right to celebrate one person when so many have excelled, met incredible challenges, and shown up to lead.
Established by the Northwest Development Officers Association in 1985, the Professional Achievement Award has been the pinnacle of achievement for fundraising professionals in the Pacific Northwest.
The Award has been a valued tradition and many worthy fundraisers have been honored. By taking this year off, Advancement Northwest is giving ourselves the time and space to thoughtfully consider the role of this award for future years. Thank you for understanding.
2020 Jody Waits, YouthCare
2019 Carol Borgmann, CFRE, Lakeside School
2018 Ray Li, University of Washington
2017 Lee Heck, University of Washington
2016 Janet Aldrich Jacobs, CFRE, CAP, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
2015 Mary Kaufman-Cranney, The Nature Conservancy in Washington
2014 Thomas W. Mesaros, CFRE, formerly of The Alford Group
2013 Lynn Hogan, UW Medicine
2012 Jane Ewing, Cornish College of the Arts
2011 Robert W. Davidson, Seattle Aquarium
2010 Susie Burdick, formerly of Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center
2009 Sonya Campion, The Campion Foundation
2008 Terry Collings, Seattle Public Library Foundation
2007 Laura Rehrmann, Group Health Community Foundation
2006 Janet Boguch, Non-Profit Works
2005 Michele Hasson
2004 Stuart Grover, PhD, The Collins Group
2003 Barry McConnell, Make-A-Wish Foundation
2002 Lynn Schrader, CFRE
2001 Susan Howlett, Consultant
2000 Jacquelyn B. Ostrom, Third Sector Consulting
1999 Mary Ann Ranta, Children’s Hospital Foundation
1998 Rodney Wheeler, United Way of King County
1997 Ed Larson, Pacific Lutheran University
1996 Rita Ryder, YWCA Seattle-King County
1995 Jane Carlson Williams, The Seattle Foundation
1994 Marlys Erickson, Market Foundation
1993 Arthur Jacobus, Pacific Northwest Ballet
1992 Marilyn Dunn, University of Washington
1991 Edward C. Schumacher, Salmon Bay Associates
1990 Doug Picha, Children’s Hospital Foundation
1989 Anne Farrell, The Seattle Foundation
1988 Dale Bailey, Independent Colleges of Washington
1987 Shirley Bushnell, University of Puget Sound
1986 Pat Lewis, Camp Fire
1985 Frank Minton, University of Washington
Awardees are listed with affiliations at the time of each award was given.