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The mission of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter
is to advance philanthropy and ethical fundraising. 


11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. 
Multnomah Athletic Club | Portland OR


STICKY STORIES: Use Stories to Recruit and Retain Top Fundraising Talent


 Engaged fundraisers engage donors. A unifying narrative engages and aligns fundraising departments helping them overcome chronic staff turnover, internal dynamics, misalignment and lack of cohesion. Expert fundraisers already know the power of stories to engage donors. This thought-provoking presentation helps you apply the same power of storytelling to your internal culture.

Andrew RobinsonAndrew Robinson, Brand Anthropologist at Drawn

Andrew blends the art and science of human engagement to help organizations deepen their relationships with the people they serve—beginning with the organization’s internal culture. He conducts and translates research on engagement into narratives that captivate and align organizational cultures, and resonate with the audiences they seek to reach. Andrew teaches about the art and science of engagement at the University of Oregon. For more than fifteen years he’s helped organizations from a wide range of industries build and sustain cultures of engagement. 


Amy VargaAmy Varga, Principal of Varga Consulting

For more than sixteen years, Amy has helped organizations, boards and executives transform their approach to fundraising.  She has helped launch two community fundraising certificate programs and teaches graduate students fundraising and organizational strategy at the University of Portland and Portland State University. Amy leads Varga Consulting where she focuses on fundraising strategy, board development, and the importance of personal renewal in mission centered organizations.  She holds a masters degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelors degree from Willamette University.


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