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Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising
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Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising Presented by WVDO in Partnership with PSU Center for Public Service with support from The Bank of the Cascades. 

The Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising provides an academic background to support a professional's real-world experience in the development field.

Through this nine-month process, candidates gain an end-to-end understanding of each phase of the fundraising process. From identifying and qualifying donors, through "the ask," and onto stewardship of the relationship for long-term support. Candidates graduate as stronger, more impactful professionals for their organization or those ready to enter the nonprofit arena.

WVDO and PSU have partnered to offer a program that was previously unavailable in the Willamette Valley, delivering an academic background to support and enhance the real-world knowledge development professionals gain on the job.

This program accelerates the learning curve for individuals joining the nonprofit sector, compressing knowledge they would normally gather over several years on the job into a mix of classroom and practicum learning that is complete in less than one year.

Applications open in April 2015.

Program Details:

9-month duration beginning September 2015 and ending June 2016
Tuesday evening classes from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

4 consecutive courses plus hands-on practicum and individual mentoring

Learning Outcomes for Certificate Program:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit fundraising and how each component works in harmony with the others
  • Explain the culture of philanthropy and the role philanthropy plays in organizations
  • Be able to apply fundraising theories in concrete, practical ways
  • Understand the fundraising cycle including where donors enter, how they move and what steps are taken to provide stewardship
  • Have a clearer understanding of your personal strengths and where your interests for professional focus are going forward
  • Have the tools, knowledge and resources needed to advance your fundraising career  

Tuesday, August 12 from 4:00 - 5:30pm
Urban Studies Building, 2nd Gallery, PSU Campus
506 SW Mill Street

Earning the Certificate:

Participants complete portfolio requirements for each course. During the fourth & final course, participants complete a Development Audit at a local nonprofit and present the audit report and their completed portfolio to the review panel. Based on the review panel recommendation the certificate is awarded. The certificate will be presented at the annual Major Gift Symposium hosted by WVDO.

Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
Course 4


These courses are CFRE approved and may be used towards the national certification program. Full participation in the Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising can be applied for 108 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Fees and Tuition:

Total Cost: $3200
(Tuition includes registration ($400 value) to WVDO's Winter 2016 Conference.)

Books are extra.  All of the courses will use Penelope Burk’s Donor Centered Fundraising as the main text. WVDO will have copies of Donor Centered Fundraising available for purchase at cost (currently $50) prior to the beginning of the first course.

Payments:  Students will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to a payment plan. First payment is due by September 2, prior to the first class. 

The Certificate Program meets the requirements for many organization tuition assistance programs.  Please contact your HR department for confirmation prior to applying.

Portland State University's tuition exemption policy does not apply to this program.

Fees and tuition are subject to change.


Local foundations are making Technical Assistance dollars available to current grantees. All Technical Assistance scholarships are determined by the funding foundation, not WVDO.  WVDO may also have limited General Assistance funds available.  Applications for both Technical and General Assistance funds should be submitted using using the Financial Assistance Request Form. You will be contacted no later than August 14 with scholarship options. 

Questions regarding financial assistance can be directed to


Students must make a written request to Agnes Zach, Executive Director in order to withdraw. Written requests should be sent either by email to or by mail to: 

Agnes Zach, WVDO Certificate, 619 SW 11th Ave., Ste. 108, Portland, OR  97205

Students withdrawing by 5 p.m. 48 hours BEFORE the program begins, are eligible for a full refund of all fees except the $50 application fee.

There is no refund for withdrawals after the first day of class.


WVDO and PSU reserve the right to cancel programs or classes with low enrollments. 

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