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Before I even knew WVDO existed I knew I needed it

Posted By Rebecca Alexander, Friday, May 27, 2016

Before I even knew WVDO existed, I knew I needed it. It was 2010, I was trying to find my first fundraising job and no one appeared interested in what I had to offer.

It felt as though my applications were going unread and my follow-up calls and emails were certainly unanswered.

I was involved in the nonprofit sector already as a volunteer, but I wasn’t quite sure how to make the leap to nonprofit employee.

Enter: The Informational Interview.

A fellow volunteer connected me to WVDO member Laila Cook, then the Development Director  at Make-a-Wish Oregon. We had a great conversation about nonprofit fundraising, her accomplishments, and my aspirations. It was a great connection!

Laila referred me to WVDO’s website and allowed me gain experience with The Raiser’s Edge at her office. With my newfound knowledge about fundraising careers and the ability to say “Yes,” when asked if I had familiarity with donor databases... I landed my first paid gig just a couple months later!

I now know that 2010 was a particularly bad time to try and find a job in the development field in Portland, especially as someone without a fundraising background. But with the help of WVDO and WVDO members I became so incredibly lucky to make my living working for causes I deeply respect and admire.

From this first informational interview on, the connections I’ve made with WVDO members at their conferences and events like 3 Degrees have been priceless.

My nonprofit pays for my WVDO membership dues so that our fundraising techniques are the best they can be. But I chip in an extra amount because WVDO benefits me personally as well.  If the same is true for you, I hope you’ll consider becoming a monthly donor today.

With thanks for My WVDO,

Rebecca Alexander

Development Director at Bradley Angle

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