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Those of you who attended the Foraker Leadership Summit last year know that Thaler Pekar's workshop was extremely popular. It was high quality, compelling, and packed with useful tips and techniques. For those who weren't at the summit, this is your chance to participate in an exciting day of learning with one of the country's experts in story telling. On October 23, Thaler will present new perspectives and material that will further enhance your skills in sharing the stories of your organization's good work.

Thaler’s workshop will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel. There will be a break for lunch on your own.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Our friends at the Association of Fundraising Professionals remind us that for 50 years now their members have honored and lived by a code of ethical principles and standards -- and we believe it is an excellent one. In fact, the AFP code is part of our fundraising training at Foraker. For those of you involved in fundraising, in fact this is good for everyone, please review the standards AFP believes are essential for ethical behavior.

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You can manage much of the information on your organization on line. Use your Partner log-in to update your board list (so each board member receives the monthly newsletter and other important information), review your Partner Assessment Survey, and assure that contact information is correct. If you have questions, contact Andrew Cutting at 907-743-1221, or via email at

Several years ago five state nonprofit associations in the northwest region – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington – came together to learn from each other how we could better serve you and your organization.

We have shared the various strategies we use in each of our states to assist individual nonprofits, along with the sector as a whole, to thrive. We feel our work has been enlightening and has better prepared us to offer services that are important to your organization.

Our next step is to learn from you. Later this month we will launch a survey that will give us valuable information about the “state of the sector” in each of our states and throughout the Northwest.

Watch for the announcement on the Foraker blog and please plan to participate.

Thanks in advance.

The American Gives More Act is an important piece of legislation to support the nonprofit sector. It extends three charitable giving incentives that have expired and provides taxpayers an extended period to claim charitable deductions.

The Council supports the legislation and provides information for your use on its website – just click here.

Foraker has joined with Philanthropy Northwest in sending supporting letters to Senators Murkowski and Begich. Please make your voices heard on this important issue. If you’d like more information, call the Foraker office at 907-743-1200.

Planning has begun for the 4th Foraker Leadership Summit.

The summit will be held Monday-Tuesday, April 20-21, 2015, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Past summits have addressed generational changes in leadership, managing crisis, wellness of the sector, communities and leaders, and story sharing. We are fortunate that sponsor support allows us to bring in the top people in their fields to present cutting-edge concepts and guide us in a variety of learning activities. Our events are also noted for the time we set aside for networking, which participants tell us is extremely important to them. All this will be part of the 2015 summit.

Set aside the date today and watch for more information in this newsletter and on our blog.

We are thrilled to have Thaler Pekar with us again for a one-day workshop on story sharing. Those of you who attended our 2012 Leadership Summit gave Thaler high marks for her presentation. During this workshop -- Every Leader Must Share Stories: Developing Your Narrative Intelligence -- Thaler will go beyond the skills and perspectives she shared at the summit and will work with participants on increasing their ability to share stories.

Thaler calls story sharing an “essential skill” for nonprofit leaders because it inspires and moves audiences to take the action you wish them to take. Smart leaders also know that by asking for stories, they can institutionalize core values, share organizational culture, surface and transfer knowledge, and glean otherwise unobtainable insight.

Many leaders, however, are confounded by how and when to share and ask for stories. In this fast-paced, highly interactive program, Thaler takes you deep into understanding what a story really is, and why it matters to your donors, volunteers, staff, and board. You will learn how to find, develop, and share your stories so as to deepen engagement with existing partners and attract new ones. When leaders know what a story is, and how to both share and elicit stories, they communicate at a high advantage.

You’ll leave this workshop able to:

  1. Experience how stories invite conversation and engagement
  2. Fully develop at least one persuasive story, and practice making your donors heroes
  3. Develop your narrative intelligence and leadership.

Thaler’s workshop will be Thursday, October 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. We will allow a break for lunch on your own.


  • Early bird Partner rate until October 3: $95
  • Partner rate Oct 4-Oct 22: $135
  • Standard rate: $200
  • Day of registration Partner rate: $150
  • Day of registration standard rate: $250

You may register by clicking here. Please share this invitation with others you believe will want to attend this workshop.

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We have a full schedule of classes resuming this month. Visit our class calendar to see what is available and then register for a class that will fit your needs.

GoToMeeting teleconferences and video conferences must be paid in advance of the class. If we don't have at least seven people registered for a class three working days before it's to be held, we have to cancel it.

If you are interested in a class that is not currently scheduled, please contact Vicki Lewis at and she will be pleased to help you. If you have questions, you may contact us by email,, or by phone at 907-743-1200.

Posted in President's letter.    

According to a long-term study on nonprofit executive retention, the role of the chief professional officer in nonprofits is becoming less and less attractive. While most executives report that the parts of their job that focus on mission-related activities remains very fulfilling, the rest of their duties are less than satisfactory. An alarming number of executives report that they plan to quit their jobs in less than three years. During a period when a leadership deficit is inevitable because Baby Boom executives are reaching retirement age, efforts to identify how to better support nonprofit leadership should be an emphasis for boards and funders. Read more of Dennis's thoughts here.

Are you looking for an inspiring and knowledge-packed day to increase your skills in securing major gifts? The Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals invites Alaska board members, CEOs, and development officers to attend its annual symposium on October 10 in Seattle.

Top fundraisers from around the country will share their insights on successful major gift strategies. Take your questions to Seattle and come back with renewed enthusiasm for ways to support your organization’s mission.

Click here for more information on sessions and speakers.

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