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Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising

In partnership with the Willamette Valley Development Officers, the Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising 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 completed in less than one year.

Designed with You in Mind

Consisting of one 3-hour class per week, the program is designed to support professionals already in the workplace, as additional training for those currently in the nonprofit sector or for people hoping to change careers.

Application and Registration Information

Now accepting applications! Registration deadline: August 26, 2014.

Register for courses via the WVDO website.

Program Details

  • 9-month duration beginning September 2, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015
  • Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • 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  

Earning the Certificate

Participants complete portfolio requirements for each course. During the fourth and 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.

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: $3,000. ($750 per class, 1st and 3rd course include registration to WVDO's Conferences, a $400 value)
  • $50 non-refundable one-time application fee

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 $65) prior to the beginning of the first course.

Payments:Final payment is due by September 23 for the first class. All subsequent payments are due 1-week prior to the start date.

Please note: These courses are offered on a not-for-credit basis. They will not appear on your college transcript, and do not qualify for financial aid.

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.


Several local foundations are making technical assistance dollars available to grantees. If you are a current grantee, please call Agnes Zach at 503-274-1977 ext 1 to apply. All scholarships are determined by the funding foundation, not WVDO. You will be contacted no later than September 13 with scholarship options. 


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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