As the Director of Annual Giving for Seattle University, I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this first-ever PNW Engage Conference. Though we can’t be together on Seattle University’s beautiful campus—taking breaks to enjoy the fall colors and grab a hot bowl of pho—I hope you still plan to “attend” with the strongest cup of coffee you can handle in-hand, and maybe your favorite grunge band playing in the background.

We’ve recruited presenters from across the annual giving, engagement, and advancement services fields, and attendees are already registered from as close as UW to as far as South Florida. Given the circumstances, I know that many of us are currently facing significant challenges. How do we fundraise amidst massive unemployment and an uncertain future? How can we best engage constituents while adhering to new safety restrictions? How do we break through the white noise of nonstop news and social media to inspire and meaningfully connect with our communities?

With sessions exploring digital fundraising and engagement, examining your shop through a DEI lens,  pursuing work-life balance—and the classics on maximizing your ROI and improving operations—PNW Engage is our chance to come together and find some answers. Join us November 4th through 6th to share your struggles and successes, learn new tactics, and gain the inspiration needed to confront our current circumstances.

Thank you,

Margaret Fielder Neitzel
PNW Engage Co-Chair
Director of Annual Giving, Seattle University