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Advancement University

Making the Case: The Art of Raising Funds for Worthy Endeavors

Have you always wanted to learn more about fundraising and philanthropy? Would you like to improve your success in securing support for your ideas?

Program Description

This special five-week program for faculty, staff and volunteers is designed to introduce newcomers to the world of Portland State University fundraising. Through interactive lectures, discussions, case studies, readings and practice with mentors, participants will gain the foundational skills and insight into seeking financial support for campus programs and projects.

Participants will walk away with the knowledge, skills and framework necessary to plan and implement a successful gift solicitation. During this highly interactive and experiential program, participants will each complete a gift solicitation on their own.

Program Highlights

Participants will be paired with a professional fundraising mentor. There is no fee to participate.

Classes are held on Friday mornings in the offices of University Advancement.

Session 1: The Basics of Fundraising
The fundamentals of fund raising at PSU/PSU's gift solicitation cycle.

Session 2: Making the Case
Creating and communicating the rationale for supporting your program.

Session 3: Identifying & Cultivating Prospective Donors
Building credibility and developing long-term partnerships.

Session 4: Soliciting the Gift
Learning the techniques of asking for a gift.

Session 5: Stewardship and Why it Matters &  Reports from the Field
Honoring and sustaining the donor relationship; sharing your gift solicitation experience.

Intended for faculty, staff and volunteers with an interest in developing the essential knowledge and skills to plan and carry out successful fund raising. Participants will learn skills to raise money for projects or causes they support and wish to benefit.

Class size is limited; participants must commit to attending all sessions and be prepared to invest significant time and effort on coursework and assignments. Applicants must have their supervisor’s approval and meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated solid understanding and commitment to Portland State University and its mission as a public research university

Application Process

Complete and submit an online application.

Participants will be selected by a committee and notifed one to two weeks prior to the start date of the class.

Questions? Please contact Flavia Arsenault or 503-725-2680.