Request for Proposals 2020

  • Request For Proposals 2020 Advancement Northwest Annual Conference: Building Leaders Who Fundraise

    Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2020 Conference. Please review the following information before submitting your proposal. All proposals submitted before November 22nd will be considered. Finalists will be notified by the end of the calendar year ahead of the full Conference schedule announcement in February. If you have any questions or issues filling out this form, please contact our office at 206-338-7374 or * Required
  • About AFP Advancement Northwest and the Conference

    AFP Advancement Northwest is one of the largest Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters in the world. Our members, totaling more than 600, breathe life into our vision for our communities to be models of philanthropic impact. Advancement Northwest opens doors to innovative opportunities that advance the skills of development professionals and elevate our profession. The Annual Conference, formerly the Forum on Strategic Fundraising, is a core part of how we deliver on our mission to build leaders who fundraise to transform communities locally and across the world. This two day conference is the Pacific Northwest’s most intensive and comprehensive training event for nonprofit fundraisers.
  • Conference Curriculum

    Past attendees have identified that the Conference audience is most helpful to early-mid-career professionals with 3-7 years of experience in the sector. That being said, the Conference is programmed with a generalist approach. We strive to have sessions that speak to early, mid, and executive career professionals across development teams of all sizes and scopes. Through the Conference, Advancement Northwest programming aims to empower the leader within each individual.

    The 2020 Conference will take place on June 11th and 12th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. The schedule will include a keynote, a lunch program, morning and afternoon presentations, and a storytelling collective happy hour.

    Presentation Tracks will be consistent on both Day 1 and Day 2. Sessions will be 60 minutes in length.

    The four tracks for the 2020 Conference speak to different aspects of our Advancement Northwest Strategic Plan ( and include:

    Track 1: BUILDING: Structures and Systems

    Examples of sessions include: Taking Your Development Plan to the Next Level Making the Most of Your Gift Acknowledgement Practice Board Partnerships for Transformational Giving

    Track 2: LEADERS Skills for Fundraisers who Manage People and/or Strategy

    Examples of sessions include: Sexual Harassment Within the Fundraising Sector Recruiting Diverse Board Members - Who Fundraise! Integrating Racial Equity into Your Budgeting Practice

    Track 3: WHO Identity and Personal Discovery - Within the Self and Community

    Examples of sessions include: Generational Wealth - X, Y, Z and Me! Fundraising During an Election Year Intersectional Feminism within the Nonprofit Sector

    Track 4: FUNDRAISE Best Practices Throughout Disciplines, Sectors, and Career Levels

    Examples of sessions include: Prospecting Major Donors of Color Cause Marketing within the Seattle Corporate Community Transitioning Mid-Level Donor Relationships Through The Pipeline

  • Mutual Commitments

    AFP Advancement Northwest expects presenters to:

    -If submitting an RFP on behalf of a consultancy, Include at least one client as a co-presenter, whom you have successfully partnered with in your presentation.

    -Acknowledge that presenting at the Conference is an opportunity for knowledge sharing and not a showcase for the promotion of business, product, or service.

    -Participate in a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access training webinar prior to the 2020 Conference.

    -Submit copy of your presentation by April 1 for review.

    -Notify the Conference Committee of any significant changes to your presentation before May 1, 2020.

    AFP Advancement Northwest commits to:

    - Providing all presenters with a 50% discount code to register for the Conference.

    - Assisting in securing all audio-visual needs on behalf of presenters ahead of the session.

    - Provide timely feedback and evaluation after the Conference.

  • Materials for Submission

    Thank you for reading the above guidelines for the 2020 Conference. To submit your proposal, please have the following information available:

    i. Contact Information For Presenter and all co-presenters

    ii. Proposed Session Title

    iii. Summary of Session Concept (500 words or fewer)

    iv. Which Track(s) you believe your session will fall within

    v. Presentation Style (please consider dynamic techniques to engage adult learners)

    vi. Target Audience Experience Level

    vii. Size of Development Shop (if applicable), Sector, and Team Demographics of presenters.