Nominations & Awards

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2022 Board of Directors.

Fundraisers need a robust community of peers where we can learn together, share resources, and expand our ability to support our amazing organizations.

Being a board member allows you to develop your own leadership skills as well as furthering the goals of Advancement Northwest. Advancement Northwest requires a strong Board of Directors that is:

  • Focused on centering the inclusion of our entire fundraising community and the communities they support
  • Committed to providing meaningful content and the space needed to lift our collective work
  • Motivated to think outside the box

In order to give all AFP Advancement Northwest members an opportunity to volunteer, we are extending the deadline for our Board of Directors applications to 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 26.

Are you a strategic thinker? An event planner? Someone who is pushing your organization to build more equitable fundraising structures? Your fellow fundraisers need and appreciate all your talents and insights. Being a board member gives you a new area to develop your own leadership skills, as well as supporting your colleagues across the sector.

Learn more about board member expectations here.

Nominate yourself or a worthy colleague. Professionals at all levels are encouraged to submit a nomination to serve. Membership is required for board service, but scholarships are available.

Join us to develop your leadership skills while we work together to further the goals of Advancement Northwest.


Nominations for the 2022 Board of Directors are Closed.

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.

Past Recipients 

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.