Strategic Fundraising in Rural Communities Workshop

Workshop possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation

Sept. 7, 2019 — On Thursday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) will discuss Strategic Fundraising in Rural Communities with presenter Mike Westby. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the presentation starting promptly at 9 a.m. There is a continental breakfast provided.

From top to bottom, this is a readiness workshop for nonprofits contemplating a fundraising campaign. This session is for nonprofit organizations of all sizes and would be ideal for executive directors, board members and development staff considering a large fundraising campaign effort.

In this interactive and engaging session, attendees will learn about:

  • Navigating the board and executive director’s roles, responsibilities and relationships.
  • Embracing productive/creative friction
  • Understanding difference between governance and support roles
  • Leading from the middle
  • Aligning your campaign with your strategic priorities.
  • Ensuring you’ve done your due diligence before launching your project
  • Best practices to plan and execute a successful campaign.

This workshop is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation.

The cost for the Strategic Fundraising in Rural Communities workshop is $15 for NAO members and $30 for nonmembers.

NAO Members must be logged in to receive the automatic discounted rate when registering at People are asked to contact [email protected] or 503-239-4001 ext. 123 if they are having difficulties registering.

Westby is the CEO and president of Westby Associates, Inc. He began his career in journalism, spending his first six years out of college as an award-winning sports columnist. But more than 30 years ago, Westby put down his pen and moved into the development field and hasn’t looked back.

He places a distinct focus on major gifts and strategic fundraising campaigns, and over the years he’s represented a diverse group of organizations and missions, including hospitals and healthcare agencies, universities, secondary schools, museums, zoos, aquariums, symphonies, theaters, social service agencies, humane societies, national youth associations and police associations.

Westby has represented projects that have generated in excess of $250,000,000 and counting.

Through his career, he has formed an intimate and comprehensive knowledge of individual philanthropy, as well as foundation and corporate giving based on solid relationships with leaders in those respective categories. He’s also been recommended to clients by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, Bank of America and First Independent Bank, among others.


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