Oct. 10, 2014 Association of Fundraising Professional Symposium in Seattle, WA

After decades of research and seminal reports like last year's UnderDeveloped, we know what inspires transformational major gifts: An environment that values and supports big visions of impact, authentic donor engagement, proof of results (and honesty with failures), unwavering leadership, and alignment between an organization's mission, programs, financing, and fundraising.

And, yet, great examples of this environment for major gifts are all too hard to find. We believe that the Northwest can be a national leader in inspiring every nonprofit organization to embrace a transformational view of fundraising. It's time to stop doing what doesn't work and start systematically doing what does work.

This year's Symposium on Major Gifts is designed to do just that Ė to help you realize you CAN build authentic relationships, show your organization's impact, be the leader your mission needs, and ultimately inspire the transformational gifts that make you and your donors proud.

Now in its 7th year, the Symposium on Major Gifts inspires our profession to think bigger and more boldly about our ability to broker real social change as the stewards of philanthropy. It is a dig-deeper, make-you-think kind of day dedicated to committed development professionals who learn by exploring the best research, gleaning the best lessons from their peers, and engaging in meaningful discussion.


For additional information contact AFP Washington at office@afpwashington.org   or call 206-367-8704 or for registration contact www.afpwashington.org/symposium




Sustainability among nonprofit organizations


Sustainability is a popular topic among nonprofit organizations.  What exactly is it?  How is it achieved?  Is it only about financial resiliency?  Some argue not.


For those nonprofit organizations interested in exploring more deeply, here are a few resources:


  • A small, but insightful book takes you on a journey to learn more deeply about those factors that are essential to real organizational sustainability.  A copy of Focus on Sustainability by Dennis McMillian of The Foraker Group is available for those interested.  Please contact Susan at 525-8863 or susana@wwymca.org.


  • Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint, has an article titled Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Boardís Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability.  It is available at www.compasspoint.org or on the Learning Centerís webpage under Resources, Article/Book/DVDís.



Learn from Milenko Matanovic and the Pomegranate Center team by joining the Pomegranate Centerís Fellows program.  Based on over 27 years of experience creating community through collaboration and a proven track record of more than 45 community-built projects, this unique program provides the skills to take your community building to a new level.

The Walla Walla Fellows program consists of 8 sessions over 2 months.  Classes are held on two consecutive days of the week.  Each session is a mix of lecture, practice, discussion, case studies, and hands-on application.

By combining in-class curriculum with an actual community project at the Valle Lindo Farm Labor Homes, this unique opportunity will take your community leadership skills to the next level with:

  • Techniques, practices, and skills to fully engage your community in a productive, creative process.
  • Leadership methods that encourage maximum participation.
  • Techniques to develop a powerful sense of community ownership.
  • Practical advice for handling difficult personalities that threaten the collaborative process.

This experience is for you if you believe connected, strong communities are essential to our future. The scheduled sessions will be as follows:

Session #1                               September 5 - 6, 2014

Session #2                               September 19 - 20, 2014

Session #3                               October 3 - 4, 2014

Session #4                               October 17 - 18, 2014

The sessions will be held on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The on-site community build will occur during October 23rd through 26th.  To apply for this unique experience, please click on the following:

Autumn 2014 Walla Walla Application

Any questions, please contact Caitlin at Caitlin@pomegranate.org or Jock at jock@sherwoodtrust.org.

2014 Sessions

April 15 and 16

May 20 and 21

June 10 and 11

September 16 and 17

October 21 and 22

November 18 and 19




Click here for more information


Articles Worth Reading

PDF Nimble Nonprofits: Taking Nothing for Granted in an Era of Constant Change 

In the spring of 2012, a group of graduate students from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington interviewed leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound Area to determine how they were handling the challenges caused by the steep economic downturn beginning in 2008. The result is a summary of important insights into the resiliency of certain nonprofits that are determined to build resilient organizations that can adapt quickly to change.

Check out the article PDF "Bright Spots - Leadership in the Pacific Northwest".  The article is based on a six-month exploration by the Helicon Collaborative and describes the five characterisitics, Bright Spot Principles, shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to changing conditions.

Books Available at WWCC Library

The library at Walla Walla Community College has acquired the following books:

  • Donor-Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burke
  • Governance as Leadership; Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chalt et. al.
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye
  • Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
  • Be Quiet and Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion by Susan and Peter Glaser

These books are housed at the WWCC library. They can be picked up at the Walla Walla campus or requested online and picked up at any of the WALNET Libraries. A WALNET library card is needed to check the materials out of the library. Seach for the above titles and their availabilty at  http://www.wwcc.edu/lib or call 509.527.4294.

A Book Worth Reading on Fundraising!!

Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully is a new book published by Susan Howlett, a national consultant to nonprofit organizations. For more information go to  www.susanhowlett.com/htm/board_on_fire.html

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder (1998). On the surface, this is a story of recovering gold from the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Underneath, this may be the most instructional book ever written on the art of fundraising.

Remember the Glasers!

Re-visit the wisdom of Drs. Susan and Peter Glaser, PhD Communications, through an intergrated, 3-part video learning system titled "Mastery of Leadership Communication".

The DVD set includes:

  • Breakthrough Conflict
  • Hardwiring Teamwork
  • Persuasion and Influence

These DVD's will enable nonprofit organizations to teach their staff the Glaser's communication models, which have been featured at several Sherwood Trust workshops at Whitman College.

The DVD's are available for no cost and can be checked out by contacting Walla Walla Council Camp Fire office (525-3180) at 414 S. Park Street.