Through information sharing, networking, job posting or placing and professional development, Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO) offers members and organizations resources to support and further their commitment to nonprofit causes, services and groups.
We are committed to providing training and professional support through every career phase for our local members working in the nonprofit community. In addition to regular conferences, seminars and networking opportunities, over the last 18-months we have launched specialized classes in development and executive leadership. These courses have received amazing response from our members. Interest has been so high, classes have filled to capacity and forced us to introduce wait lists with students waiting as long as a year to participate. These courses deliver outstanding results, helping participants transition to a new career in the nonprofit sector or better positioning them to serve in a leadership role and aid in succession planning.
To date, more than half of our students are able to participate solely due to financial aid. WVDO scholarships are reserved specifically for individuals working for or volunteering with a nonprofit organization to ensure that the funds go to support a specific nonprofit organization. In addition, WVDO offered similar financial support to 40 individuals in 2014 to cover the cost of attending our signature events: The Major Gifts Symposium and the Annual Conference. In order to continue offering these courses and broaden the number of students we can accept, we are endeavoring to raise funds to further increase and solidify our scholarship program.
Our Mission: “WVDO empowers its members to develop resources and fundraising excellence. We learn together. We support one another. We improve non-profits and the communities they serve.”
A member-based organization serving countless nonprofits across Oregon and SouthWest Washington, WVDO offers members and organizations resources to support and further their commitment to nonprofit causes, services and groups. In 2015, we are bringing Hildy Gottlieb to Portland to meet with nonprofits, business and government officials to help establish a community vision and funding that vision.
Our goal is to reach 2,000 indivdiuals in nonprofit fundraising with programs and information to support what they do each day.