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WVDO Development Series: Individual Giving

When: Thursday, September 15th
3:30PM - 5PM
Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Lorenzen Conference Center, lower level
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, Oregon  97227
United States
Presenter: Catherine Crooker
Contact: Melanie Shaw

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Topic:  Individual Giving


Listening the Gift:  Creating Transformation for You, Your Organization and Your Donor

The organizations we serve as professional fundraisers transform our world.  We house the homeless, feed the hungry, cure cancer, educate, support, and weave the cultural fabric of our communities.  As development professionals we are fortunate to have a front-row seat to this inspirational work.

Our donors are with us because they want to play a role in this community transformation.  They have precious, hard-earned gifts to give, and it is our job to be their guide, helping them see how they can participate in richly meaningful ways.

But all too often the pressures of our daily work, deadlines, budget constraints and more get in the way of creating and maintaining an environment that fosters transformation, and instead we fall back on “transactions.”

In this highly interactive session you will learn and practice ways to “Listen the Gift”, rather than “Ask for the Gift”, leading to deep, sustainable relationships with your donors and larger contributions for your organization.  We will move from transactional development work to transformational relationship building.

Along the way we explore some of the long-standing biases, beliefs and habits that threaten to pull us back into “asking” and away from “inspiring.”  Let’s face it, in a small shop with staff wearing multiple hats, with big deadlines looming and budgets to fill, it can be challenging to stay above the fray and create an inspirational space.  We will explore with each other new strategies that will help us keep the joy in the daily work and inspire our donors to join us.



Catherine Crooker has been creating transformation for Portland-area non-profits since 1985.  Catherine approaches every client, and every donor, with a fresh perspective and appreciation for each organization’s own unique challenges and opportunities. This, coupled with years of experience and a strategic mind for addressing the real issues, leads to the kind of change that truly does make a difference—not for a season. Not for a year. But for the life of the organization and its cause.


The Development Series is sponsored by LKA Fundraising & Communications.  Event space is generously donated by Legacy Health.



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