Nominations & Awards

2020 Professional Achievement Award

Jody Waits is the recipient of the 2020 Professional Achievement Award!

Photo credit: Erin McKinney

For the last two decades, Jody has steadily made significant impacts at Women Funding Alliance, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the Pride Foundation, and at YouthCare where she currently serves as the Development and Communications Officer.

“Jody has never been afraid to take risks, think outside the box, and lead a bold new way forward,” said Asa Tate, Chief Development Officer, Wellspring Family Services and 2019 Advancement Northwest President. “Her one-of-a-kind energy, personality, and talent have provided great service to many nonprofits and development professionals in our region.”

Jody has led and accomplished major efforts in her 20+ years of fundraising, but what her nominators all emphasized was not only her fundraising acumen, but her heart, her warmth, and her generosity of spirit.

“She is a visionary, an inspirational leader with audacious ideas, a huge heart, and an infectious, raucous laugh,” said Kate Dabe, Vice President of Strategy at Girl Scouts of Western Washington. “These qualities and a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment have allowed her to make an outsize impact at every organization that has been lucky enough to have her.”

Congratulations, Jody! It is our honor to present you with the 2020 Professional Achievement Award.

We look forward to many more decades of your leadership, mentorship, and advocacy.

A public celebration in Jody’s honor is planned to be held later in 2020, dependent upon the current world situation.


The annual Professional Achievement 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.


Started by the Northwest Development Officers Association in 1985, the Professional Achievement Award continues to be the pinnacle of achievement for fundraising professionals in the Pacific Northwest.



Past Winners

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.