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Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising - Details

Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm - 8:30pm beginning September 5, 2017 and concluding in June 2018.

During these 9 months, candidates gain an end-to-end understanding of each phase of the fundraising process. From identifying and qualifying donors, through "the ask," and onto stewardship of the relationship for long-term support. Candidates graduate as stronger, more impactful professionals for their organization or those ready to enter the nonprofit arena.

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  


Fees and Tuition (subject to change):

Application Fee: $50 (one time, non refundable)

Tuition: $3200 (includes registration to WVDO's 2018 Conference, a $400 value)

Books: 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 prior to the beginning of the first course.  Approx. $50

Payment: Students will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to a payment plan. First payment is due by September 2, prior to the first class.  Payment accepted by check or credit card (Visa and Mastercard only).

Scholarships and Tuition Assistance:

WVDO has limited General Assistance funds available.  Applications for General Assistance funds should be submitted by August 11th using using the Financial Assistance Request Form. You will be contacted no later than August 18th with scholarship options. 

Questions regarding financial assistance can be directed to

The Certificate Program also 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.


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, 1220 SW Morrison St., Ste. 425, 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. 


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