Category: Fundraising

Annual Campaign

A gift to the Annual Campaign is a financial affirmation of the JLS mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and impacting the community. A gift demonstrates a belief in the ability of the League to use the money as necessary to meet our goals as specified by the current strategic plan.

The Annual Campaign is a vital component of the financial health of the JLS. Unlike other funds, a donation to the Annual Campaign (unless directed otherwise) is used, as the organization deems necessary towards the overall stability of the League. Some years, funding may be put towards starting a new committee; other years, money may be used to cover general operating costs or facility rental to secure locations large enough to accommodate our growing membership.

JLS is first and foremost a leadership training organization. This year, we are going back to our mission and focusing on training our members to be not only be capable volunteers, but also how to be a Leader in the League, in their professional life and in the community.

One of the training programs JLS offers is the Pathway to Boards.

The Pathway to Boards Certificate gives our members the tools, skills and resources needed to become effective board members in our community. Members who have completed the certificate will discover not only the basics, such as Robert’s Rules of Order and how to interpret financial statements, but also the differences between nonprofit and public boards, roles and responsibilities of board members (including fundraising), the structure and evolution of nonprofits, and how to find a good fit.

Corey Orvold is following this training path. Corey said, “When I heard about the Pathway to the Board Certificate, I knew it was a great opportunity to take my volunteering to the next level. So far the training sessions offered and the opportunity to sit in on various board meetings has really helped me understand how to efficiently participate in board meetings. I look forward to obtaining the certificate and being able to join a non-profit board in the near future.”

Dani Carson is half way through her requirements for this certification. Dani told us she chose this training for “the opportunity to learn more about different types of boards, and what is involved in being a board member of a nonprofit: the roles and responsibilities, fundraising expectations, participation, etc. and knowing which questions to ask, if you are interviewed for a position. It can be discouraging trying to get onto a board if you don’t have a specific skill needed, like an attorney or accountant. I wanted to know what other types of members boards look for, and how I can match my personality and personal mission to find the right fit for me.”

By donating to the Annual Campaign, you allow us to offer our members powerful training opportunities that not only help them grow as a person, but help the community as well!


High Stakes Fun with Boardwalk Empire Game Night

Boardwalk Empire Game NightBelieve it or not we are less than four weeks away from the 2015 JLS Boardwalk Empire: Game Night!  Come support the Junior League’s commitment to its mission — including community initiatives and volunteer training efforts — at one of the most popular fundraising events on the JLS calendar.  Get dressed in your Jersey shore or Atlantic City best and be part of hotsy-totsy high stakes fun: test your architectural skills with a game of life-sized Jenga, perfect your toss with a round of cornhole, and try your luck with other boardwalk-style games.   The evening will also feature a DJ, live entertainers, silent auction, raffle and wine toss – everyone is sure to walk away a winner!  

Over $7K in prizes have already been secured for Boardwalk Empire Night including a $400 gift card to Skoah, Sounders tickets, $300 in products and services from Ann Fisher Hair, EMP tickets, and great items from Matthews Winery, Desert Sun Tanning, Starbucks, Ethan Stowell restaurants, Pepper Bridge/Amavi Winery and more.  Whoop it up and don’t miss your chance to win some awesome prizes!  Join the Facebook event page for updates on prizes, entertainment and more.  

Who: You!  And all of your friends and family (League members or not).  Anyone 21+ looking for a fun way to spend a Friday night and support the JLS.

What: JLS Game Night: Boardwalk Empire

When: Friday, April 10, 2015 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm.  

Where: 415 Westlake – 415 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets:  $35 advance purchase on the JLS website – Includes complimentary beverage, hors d’eouvres, and a ticket to the best game night in Seattle! Tickets will be sold at the door for $50 on an as-available basis.

November 13th is Ladies Night!

Believe it or not we are less than two weeks away from the 2014 JLS Bachelor Auction!  Come help support the Junior League’s commitment to its mission — including community initiatives and volunteer training efforts — at one of the most popular fundraising events on the JLS calendar. Whether you are looking for a bachelor yourself or helping a friend find her soul mate, there is nothing to lose at this event. Not only will lucky winners walk away with a great man, but these guys also come with date packages.


Who: You! And all of your friends (League members or not), mothers, grandmothers, single friends and taken friends, brothers, cousins, you get the point.  Anyone 21+ looking for a fun way to spend a Thursday night and support the JLS.

What: The 4th Annual JLS Bachelor Auction

Where: 415 Westlake – 415 Westlake Avenue N., in South Lake Union

When: Thursday November 13th – Doors open at 6:00pm for VIP, 6:30pm for general admission

Why: Cute single guys? Date packages? Drinks? One of Seattle’s most popular emcees? Check, check, check and check! The real question is, why not?

Tickets: Available here.

  • $55 VIP – Includes complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvres, early admission at 6:00pm, front row seating and more surprises to come!
  • $40 General Admission – Includes complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvres, and a ticket to the best bachelor auction in Seattle!

Below is a sneak peak at just some of the bachelors that will be up for bid.  Follow our event on Facebook for the complete view of our bachelors, info on date packages and more about the event.

Mike, 31 – Originally from southern California, this bachelor comes with an MBA, a penchant for running and a killer smile.B1

John, 32 – No adjustments are needed to this chiropractor bachelor!  He’s a former collegiate athlete, a true to the blue Mariner fan and is close with his family.B2

Duncan, 25 – Bazinga!  This math and physics whiz works in investment banking, plays beach volleyball when the weather allows and loves dogs.B3

Marc, 45 – Relatively new to Seattle, this 6′ 5″ bachelor works in sales, is a Boston College alum and enjoys jazz.B4

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway


By: Shanna Lisberg

The Third Annual Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway fashion show will be held on Saturday, September 20th at the Paramount Theatre. This year’s event at the Paramount brings fashion into the theater arena, as ticket holders will receive an up close view of more than 80 of the latest fashion looks for fall featured by Seattle retailers. Multiple ticket levels include a VIP experience featuring an exclusive pre-show VIP lounge, front-row runway seating, swag bags and a late-night Downtown post-party.

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway is a fun and fashionable way to support local businesses, as well as the Junior League of Seattle. As the charitable sponsor, all net proceeds from ticket sales help fund JLS and its programs to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and impact the community through the effective active of trained volunteers.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a walk on the red carpet. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 7:00 p.m. in the main theatre before the fashion show struts its stuff at 8pm. Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy and KIRO TV Traffic Reporter Alexis Smith will host the runway show.

I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek into Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway and to view a preview of some of the upcoming fall fashion trends last week at the Blogger Preview Party at the Hotel Vintage. Laura Cassidy was on hand to share her inspirations for fall fashion, and local fashion bloggers Alix Rose and Thig Nat captivated the room with their personal thoughts on blogging, style, and the Seattle scene.

Some of the upcoming fall trends, as identified by Laura Cassidy were:

New Color Theories – There are no rules about color anymore, but rather color is this thing that can be mixed.

Outwear as Outfit – This trend can be identified by coats with great shapes, coats with great prints, and statement outwear. We all know that Seattle has been rocking this trend for years.

Street Sport – This trend stems from the idea that many designers take their cues from what people wear on the streets. It is about being comfortable and feeling at home and can be seen in a dress up sweat that has thought and purpose or as sneakers worn with an evening vibe.

Sweater Dressing – Not just sweaters will be worn as dresses, but sweaters will be worn as skirts and pants as well. Be on the lookout for knit skirts and knit blazers.

Long Layers – This trend is envisioned by plenty of tunic shapes and skirts over pants, as well as long coats and duster coats worn with dresses over pants and tunics over dresses.

Accessories – Chokers and one earring looks will be making a return. Embellished and jeweled socks are a fun way to add color to your look.

Additionally, Gary Manuel and Aveda shared some of the latest hair and make-up trends for fall. Hair will be messy and full, with plenty of texture. Exaggerated hair is making a comeback, so grab those crimpers out of the back of your cabinets and start crimping!

Join us for all the excitement! Come celebrate fall fashion and help support the Junior League of Seattle while getting an up close view of some of Seattle’s finest autumn clothing and accessories. Click here to buy your ticket and be sure to use the #SEArunway tag on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll see you on the runway!

Day-Long Training Focuses on Advocacy, Fundraising

By Shanna Lisberg

Close to 100 first-year members of The Junior League descended upon the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 25, for an all-day training. The day started out early and, as members gathered to check in, more than one lady arrived bearing a large cup of coffee. By 9 a.m. the training was under way and members had broken out into their first training sessions of the day.

Members attended four training sessions – two in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. By attending and completing the all-day training, provisional members were able to satisfy their League training requirement for the year.

Provisionals had the option to choose from six training topics:

  • Advocacy 101

  • Parliamentary Procedures

  • How to Run Effective Meetings

  • Fundraising – How to Make the Ask

  • Your Junior League Career Path

  • How to be an Effective Volunteer

The Advocacy Committee’s Chair and Vice-Chair presented Advocacy 101. We learned that advocacy boils down to picking an issue and talking about it, and that one of the best ways to get involved is to know your legislators and to call or write them a letter. Additionally, advocacy can be for all sorts of issues, not just political issues.

Parliamentary Procedures discussed the purposes and rules of parliamentary procedure and the steps of going through motions and discussions. Topics included how to make a motion, when to table a motion, and tips for debating and voting on motions.

Issues discussed in the How to Run Effective Meetings training included the different types of meetings and how to be a facilitator of a meeting. Some of the tips for running a successful meeting included: Stick to the agenda, make sure there is a clear reason for the meeting, and always end a meeting on a good note.

Fundraising – How to Make the Ask discussed how to reach out and make the first step in asking for donations and contributions. We learned that it’s important to identify the key players and to know what you want to procure. Most significantly, anyone can make the ask, you just have to advocate for what you love.

There are many different career paths within the Junior League. Your Junior League Career Path aimed to explain how members can advance in the Junior League. We learned that the main key is to know your interests and to recognize what position(s) you want to attain.

Tara, the volunteer coordinator for Mary’s Place, spoke about How to be an Effective Volunteer. Some of the tips given by Tara included learning about the background of the organization you want to volunteer with, figure out what the staff expects from its volunteers, and have a commitment to how you want to help.

The all-day training was a terrific experience and a great opportunity to interact with other provisional members. All the presenters were engaging and incredibly knowledgeable in their area. At the end of the day, we all learned something new and hopefully we can implement these skills in our future roles in the Junior League.

2014 JLS Premier Event: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

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The Junior League of Seattle will soon be rolling out the red carpet and celebrating its 90th year in vintage Hollywood style with the Premier Event of Lights, Camera, Action!  Be transported to the golden age of Hollywood for the League’s marquee fundraising and social event of the year as you enjoy delicious cocktails, wonderful food, silent and live auction items and plenty of fun with your friends and family!


The event will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at the historic and luxurious Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  Prepare to doll up in your favorite vintage Hollywood couture as you help the JLS reach the event fundraising goal of $165,000.  Proceeds from Premier Event will enable the JLS to continue to support important community programs with partners such as Seattle Children’s Home, Seattle Public Schools, Treehouse, Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, Childhaven and many more.

Buy your tickets by January 14th to take advantage of preferred pricing.  The event is currently 80% sold out; we are well on our way to welcoming 390 attendees this year.   Tickets are available on the JLS website.  Classic tickets are $175 and include a three-course meal and accompanying wine fit for a vintage celebrity star, check-in/check-out and two hosted bars. VIP tickets are $250 (VIP tables are $2,500) and include elevated meal and wine pairings, dedicated VIP check-in/check-out, dedicated VIP hosted bar, overnight auction item storage and next day delivery (within a 15-mile radius of downtown Seattle), special event recognition and theme-inspired VIP accessories.

The fun will continue into the night at the Premier Event After-Party where you can continue to rock your vintage look.  The After-Party will directly follow the Premier Event and will also be held at Fairmont.  Details and ticket information will be available soon.

Special room rates with the Fairmont have been negotiated for the Premier Event. To take advantage of the below rates, call 1-800-821-8106 by January 22nd and mention you are with the Junior League when booking your reservation.  You may also book your reservation online at

Deluxe Room – $199

Executive Suite – $229

Deluxe Executive Suite – $259

Corner Suite – $675


The Premier Event Committee has secured many fabulous items that will be up for bid including:

  • Wine tasting for four at Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • A Husky football experience for 6
  • $250 gift card to Suite
  • $150 gift card to Stumbling Goat
  • A Seattle Sounders game experience for 4

The Premier Event committee is currently accepting donations for silent and live auction items.  Do you have a vacation home?  Have an abundance of airline miles?  Know someone who owns a restaurant?  Own season tickets to a local sports team or cultural event?  Do you have connections for vacations, trips, and excursions?  We like all of the above!  Please contact Procurement Vice Chair Jenn Miller at with connections you have for silent and live auction items.


The Wall of Wine is a perennial Premier Event favorite and provides auction attendees an exciting way to build their wine cellar.  You can contribute to the WOW at the January GM on the 21st and take advantage of a convenient way to make progress toward your annual fundraising credit obligation (1 credit will be given per $25 value) and a great way to share your favorite wine with an appreciative audience.

We welcome WOW donations at a $25 value (desired brands include: Delille Cellars, L’Ecole, aMaurice Winery, Mark Ryan, JM Cellars, Alexandra Nicole Cellars) and at a $50 value (desired brands include: Nickel & Nickel, Cakebread, Leonetti, Cayuse Vineyards, Reynvaan, Quilceda Creek.)  We also encourage you to bring your favorite wine (if not mentioned above) at the $25 and $50 price points.  Please direct questions to Sarah Cooper.


Be sure to follow the Premier Event on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter to learn all about the latest exciting news for Premier Event.  We look forward to seeing you on the red carpet!

Bachelor Auction Preview – Check Out These Great Guys!

The wait is almost over; the 3rd Annual Junior League of Seattle Bachelor Auction is November 15th. These bachelors are HOT and so are the tickets! Get yours before they sell out!

Check out these top bachelors! The bachelors are accompanied by spectacular date packages including an evening wine tasting, a private plane ride or an adventure rock climbing.

Durriell, 32, his closest friends would describe him as loving, loyal, caring, and genuine.


He describes his perfect mate as athletic, family oriented, and ambitious.

When Durriell isn’t coaching basketball, he likes to spend his time in Seattle tailgating and watching the Husky football games.

Durriell’s ideal first date would be dinner at a nice Seattle restaurant, followed by a walk or maybe a ride on The Great Wheel.

Eric, 36, enjoys taking advantage of the outdoors by surfing, hiking and golfing, but his favorite is skiing. Growing up in Kirkland gave him lots of access to ski the mountains nearby.


This free-spirited adventurer loves to travel. His favorite journey was his 6-month trip to the South Pacific, which included Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand. In the future, he would like to spend some time in South America and Spain.

Eric’s ideal first date would start out with a glass of wine at his favorite tasting bar, Bottlehouse. After that, if all goes well, head to a restaurant for dinner.

Kyle, 29, is a successful advertising manager and enthusiastic athlete who enjoys playing soccer and baseball.


Kyle’s favorite passport stamp, hands down, is Prague in the Czech Republic but his favorite place he visited while studying abroad was Cinque Terre, Italy.

Kyle describes his best date, “Went to brunch and then decided it was as good a day as any to grab some to-go cups and hit the amusement park that is suitable for small children. Wasn’t quite the scene from Sandlot but I will tell you the Scrambler and Squirrel Cages were pretty fierce that day.”

For more sneak peeks check out our 3rd Annual Junior League of Seattle Bachelor Auction facebook event page.

Event Details:
Friday, November 15th
415 Westlake
415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Our evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and opportunity to mingle with eligible bachelors. At 7:30 be ready to bid on the man of your dreams or your best friend, daughter or even your sister’s dreams at the live auction.

The festivities don’t end with the auction; join us for the after party at Re:public!

For access to our exclusive mixer at 6:00 pm, front row seating during the live auction and a fabulous swag bag, purchase a VIP ticket.

For tickets to the Bachelor Auction click here.

VIP – $50 | General Admission – $35 | At the Door – $40

The Kashi/Kids in the Kitchen Success Story: $75,000 to distribute to Leagues for local KITK initiatives!

As many of you know, The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) initiative to fight childhood obesity and promote good nutrition got its start in 2006 with inspiration from The Junior League of Calgary’s Junior Chefs program. To date, more than 200 Leagues across the Association have implemented programs in partnership with local community organizations, chefs, and nutritionists.

In order to build out the next phase of this successful initiative, AJLI aligned itself with Kashi, the maker of nutritious, all-natural foods, which provided funding for a planning grant and also agreed to make $75,000 available in grants to individual Junior Leagues if the Leagues collectively demonstrated their support for the program through a “Like” button promotion on Facebook.

The exciting news is that we did it! We put our money where our mouths (or our mouses) are. We showed enough love to qualify for the full $75,000 the company allotted to us. This means that AJLI has $75,000 to distribute to Leagues in grants of $2,500 or $5,000 to support their local KITK initiatives. As of our grant application deadline earlier this week, we had received more than 100 applications, which will be vetted by Kashi before Annual Conference where the winning Leagues will be announced. Congratulations on this tremendous effort to mobilize; we have truly demonstrated the power we can bring to bear upon a cause we believe in!

Premier Event Updates – Donate to our Raise the Paddle Drive


Since 1923, the Junior League of Seattle has been making an important impact in the Seattle community. The Junior League of Seattle successfully meets the emerging needs of the community by initiating critically important programs and providing trained volunteers to manage them. Your donation to Raise The Paddle will help support the Junior League of Seattle and its community projects in many significant ways, for example:

  •  Provide weekly art projects for children suffering from severe mental and personality disorders and clinical depression through the Healthy Futures Art Project.
  •  Develop critical thinking, build communication skills and inspire creativity through interaction with original works of art through The Northwest Art Project.
  • Mentor teen girls in foster care during a monthly fun yet educational activity through the League’s partnership with Treehouse.
  • Empower our youth to make healthy lifestyle choices through Kids in the Kitchen.

Please Raise Your Paddle high in the air on February 25th to help JLS continue to provide exemplary programs for our community. If you are not able to attend but would like to support the Junior League of Seattle’s community programs, you may donate here.

Monies raised through the 2012 “Raise the Paddle” will be used for the Junior League of Seattle’s community programs/projects, and will be designated between the programs/projects at its discretion.

To donate, visit our Raise the Paddle page on our website, and select Raise the Paddle 2011-2012.

It is through the support of our League members and our community that enables the League to continue its great work in the community. (All donations to Raise the Paddle are 100% tax deductible!)


Because of this, we have a wait list with people eager to go and support the Junior League. If you have already bought a ticket and can no longer attend the event on February 25th, please email ASAP to start the refund process. If you would like to be added to the wait list please email as well!


Didn’t get A Vintage Affair tickets? Come join the party at the Four Seasons Seattle! The Casablanca After Party will be continuing the evening of glamour. All League friends are welcome! Purchase tickets here. Questions? Email Tina Quinn at

Training: 2 for 1 Night – Speakers

Training: 2 for 1 night with Donor/Fundraising Focus

Date: January 12, 2012

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Location: Bellevue Microsoft.


Ashley Miller, Executive Director @ The Service Board (Please check out their delightful website!)

Learn how fundraising differs from small one-to-two person non-profits to larger non-profits. The Service Board (TSB) has evolved and changed the fundraising process as their organization has gotten larger and financial times have gotten tighter. Get insights on how to move beyond fundraising and move your organization to build capacity and sustainability through your fund development plan.

Peter Drury, Director of Development @ A Childs Right, President Association of Fundraising Professionals

A charity can’t sustain without its’ donors. Should you treat donors differently based on their amount of charitable donation? What are ways that other organizations thank their donor bases? Learn how you can make an impact if you are serving on a board with the ways that you can assist with the fundraising and donation process.