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Advancement University
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:30am to Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:30am


Advancement University or 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 six-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: Six weekly sessions held October 14 - December 2 from 8:30 - 11:00 am. Participants will be paired with a fundraising mentor. There is no fee to participate but participants must apply to be selected.


Program Highlights


October 14: The Basics of Fundraising
The fundamentals of fund raising at PSU/PSU's gift solicitation cycle.


October 21: Making the Case
Creating and communicating the rationale for supporting your program.


October 28: Identifying & Cultivating Prospective Donors
Building credibility and developing long-term partnerships.


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


November 18: Stewardship and Why it Matters
Honoring and sustaining the donor relationship.


December 2: Reports from the Field
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


Applications are due by September 26 at 5:00 pm.

Complete and submit application via email to Flavia Arsenault ( or fax to 503-725-4465.




Contact Catherine Faris, Associate Vice President for Development, University Advancement with questions: 503-725-8797.