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Our goal is to provide you with professional fundraising tools that empower you to be a confident, strategic nonprofit leader who raises more money and strengthens relationships with donors. We thrive on sharing ideas and experiences and our programs are meant to do just that.

Whether you are an executive director, event planner, development director, board member or new to fundraising, WVDO offers a continuum of cost-effective educational opportunities no matter where you are in your career or how you’re involved in fundraising. 

Fundraising programs for 2016 are CFRE Certified.

Refund Policies for WVDO




For new professionals (0-5 years)

Development Series, PSU Program, WVDO Job listings, Affinity Groups


For more experienced professionals (5-15 years)
ELA Program, Affinity Groups

For industry experts (15+ years)
ELA Program, Leadership Breakfasts


Development Series
These monthly workshops build basic fundraising skills and provide helpful take-aways for professionals and volunteers. Each session is 1.5 hours long.


Leadership Breakfast Series
The Leadership Breakfasts focus on managing and leading teams. These breakfasts are a great opportunity for learning for you, your staff and your board. 

Fall Forum
1-day event focusing on skills/tools for communication and major gifts.

Winter Conference
1-day event featuring national and local speakers covering a wide array of development topics.  


Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising: A WVDO program in partnership with PSU Nonprofit Institute
This 9-month non-credit certification course gives you the skills to start your career in fundraising! This program contains 3, 10-week courses that meet weekly to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in nonprofit development. The course ends with a 10-week practicum performing a Development Audit at a local nonprofit and the completion of a portfolio illustrating work completed. Applications are available through WVDO.


Executive Leadership Academy: Moving from Development to Executive Leadership
Developed specifically for development professionals looking to move into Executive Director or other leadership roles in nonprofits, this cohort fellowship focuses on building skills and capacities in areas outside of development.  Using a personal evaluation on the application, workshops will be focused on those areas where the cohort needs support. This Fellowship includes: Monthly 2-hour skill workshop, Monthly 2-hour case study discussion, Monthly mentor meeting with local Executive Director. More information and registration to come.

PCC Institute of Fundraising and Grant Writing with WVDO
Build the skills to successfully write grants and raise funds for worthy projects and organizations. By taking a PCC class you will are eligible for a complimentary 90 day WVDO membership.

Vision Action Network (VAN) and WVDO present a Workshop Series for Washington Country Nonprofits

VAN is a private nonprofit organization committed to the promotion and support of collaborative community-based problem solving. We believe strongly that we can be more successful working together than we can working alone. Our MISSION is to identify critical issues and support collaborative community-based solutions. We work across sectors – government, nonprofit, education, business and faith – to accomplish our mission. Part of our work involves promoting and supporting relationship-building, partnerships and collaboration to ensure solutions are sustainable and that the culture of working together in Washington County thrives.


WVDO Events & Networking Opportunities


3 Degrees 2 Unite 1 Community

This event brings business and nonprofit leaders together to find those connections that allow business to happen. Participants are matched nonprofit to business based on interest areas.


Affinity and Interest Groups

Affinity and interest groups are focused discussions based on WVDO member needs. These programs are open to WVDO members only and are free to attend. Topics are set by the attendees. Current groups include:
Grant Writing, Development Directors, Corporate Relations, Fundraisers Under 35, Planned Giving, Fundraisers of Color, and Membership Directors, with new groups added as member interest dictates. Groups generally meet monthly.

WVDO | 1220 SW Morrison St., Suite 425 | Box 5B | Portland, Oregon 97205 | TEL 503.274.1977