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AFP South Sound

Friday, August 25, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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Career Development Panel Discussion

Friday August 25, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

$20 members and $30 non members (includes lunch)

Seeking 1.25 CFRE credits

  • 11:30 – 12:10 PM      Registration, Networking, Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 12:10 – 1:25 PM        Program and Q+A
  • 1:25 – 1:30 PM          Program Concludes

Presenter: Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion to talk about career growth and development with local experts representing decades of experience in both large and small shops (see below for bios).

The topics we’ll cover include:

  • Why change jobs? by Dermont Smith of Collins Group, covering:

    Internal reasons (personal, growth)
    Career reasons (responsibility, advancement)
    External reasons (expectations, staff, board, etc.)


  • The Career Ladder Steps to Success by Dori Young of MultiCare, covering:

    From mastery of methods to institutional leadership
    On being a methods expert vs. overall program director
    Working (or not) within one type of nonprofit


  • Recruiting Staff by Tim Close of Tacoma Community House, covering:

    Replacement search & use of search firms
    Available talent pool
    Justifying a new position
    Human Resources processes and procedures



CFRE Competencies Addressed

  • Leadership and Management


  • Jim Greenfield (moderator)
  • Dori Young, MultiCare
  • Tim Close, Tacoma Community House
  • Dermont Smith, Collins Group

Presenter Bios 

The 40-year fundraising career of James M. Greenfield, ACFRE, FAHP, has included three Universities and five hospitals on the East and West Coasts of America. He retired from Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach, California in February 2001 after 14 years as Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Executive Director, Hoag Hospital Foundation. The author and editor of ten books and more than 40 articles and chapters on fundraising management, he is among the first to tackle measuring fundraising performance for effectiveness and efficiency.

Dori Young is the Vice President for the Foundations of MultiCare and oversees the fundraising efforts of Good Samaritan Foundation, Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, MultiCare Health Foundation and South King Health Foundation. Dori has been with MultiCare Health System since 2012, serving as the Director of Development and the Executive Director of Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation. Prior to joining MultiCare, Dori worked at Charles Wright Academy for 12 years and World Vision for 16 years. She has lived in Tacoma for 22 years, where she and her husband, Stuart, have raised their three children.

Tim Close has extensive executive-level experience in the non-profit sector—cultural, social service, private and municipal—having served as CEO of numerous art museums, including the Museum of Glass, Boise Art Museum, independent fundraising consultant and currently as Development and Communications Director of Tacoma Community House, where he is co-managing an $11 million capital campaign. Mr. Close has led the transformation of organizations in acute periods of change and with staffs as large as 75 FTEs. He has broad experience building diverse teams, recruiting, training, mentoring and evaluating staff. Tim enjoys using his experience and talents to mentor and create pathways for others to be successful. Mr. Close holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, a BFA from Arizona State University and is an alum of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute.

Dermont Smith is a Senior Consultant with the Collin’s Group who works with nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals of improving communities. He brings 20-plus years of senior development and sales experience to his role. Prior to joining the Collins Group last year, Dermont served as the National Director of the Middle Donor Team at World Vision US for ten years. In this role, he was responsible for directing and managing a team focused on donors giving $2,000 to $25,000, which nearly tripled in annual revenue over that decade. Dermont is credited with creating World Vision’s first-ever moves management system used by middle and major gift officers through which he witnessed firsthand the power of data and analytics in fundraising. The program’s success led Dermont to train and share best practices with World Vision fundraising teams in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Dermont currently serves on the board of the Tacoma Urban League, where he has created a fundraising and development plan for the organization. He is also a regular volunteer with New Horizons Organization, partnering with Seattle’s homeless youth as they work towards sustainability.

Have questions about Career Development Panel? Contact AFP South Sound

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Boys and Girls Club
3875 S 66th St
Tacoma, WA 98409

Friday, August 25, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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AFP South Sound

The AFP South Sound Chapter serves the educational and networking needs of fundraising professionals living or working in the South Puget Sound region, including Pierce, Mason, Thurston, Kitsap and south King counties.

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