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A nonprofit’s ability to raise funds is an indicator that reflects its strengths in other areas — leadership, planning, communication and, more important, the group’s relationship to the community and its donors. — Sonya Campion

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Sonya Campion

Sonya Campion brings a successful 26 year career in fundraising to the field of philanthropy through her work as Vice President and Principal of The Collins Group, a regional consulting firm. Through her work with The Collins Group, Sonya worked with over 100 organizations and provided counsel for 25 capital campaigns ($500M+ total) to help change the landscape of the non-profit sector.

As a longtime leader in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), in 1999-2003 she founded a series of international symposiums in partnership with Canadian AFP chapters. In 2008 she founded AFP’s annual Major Gift Symposium in order to elevate the field to prepare for the new wave of philanthropic donors.

Along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sonya co-chaired the launch of the Northwest affiliate of Funders Together, a national network of foundations supporting strategic and effective grantmaking and advocacy to end homelessness. In addition, she co-founded Philanthropy Northwest’s Capacity Building Learning Circle, a network of 70+ northwest foundations committed to strengthening the non-profit sector.

In 2009 Sonya was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Northwest Development Officer’s Association for her professional leadership in the field of development and philanthropy. In Nov. 2011, Tom and Sonya Campion received the Association of Fundraising Professional’s award for outstanding philanthropists.

Sonya serves on the board of directors for Seattle-King-Snohomish County YWCA, Whitman College Board of Overseers and Funders Together to End Homelessness. In addition, she recently served co-chair for the Methow Land Conservancy’s Capital Campaign, exceeding their $20.3M goal. She holds a B.A. in psychology with a minor in political science from Whitman College, and can often be found in wild, natural places, from the Methow Valley to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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