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Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Mondays  -  3/01,  3/08,  3/15,  3/22,  3/29
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Fundraising Through Uncertainty - Nonprofit Learning Cohort

Laurel McCombs, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group

Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive learning cohort with fundraising expert Laurel McCombs. As we put the chaos of 2020 behind us, we are starting to realize that many of the challenges we faced last year are still here. Learn how to push forward through the ongoing uncertainty to not only achieve your goals for this year, but strengthen your development program for the future. You will also learn how to identify the best strategy and direction for your fundraising efforts this year – what will work best in your environment. And learn from other nonprofit leaders – what they are doing that is gaining traction. This series is most appropriate for executive directors and development directors from small, rural-staffed organizations who would like to gain practical fundraising strategies, tools, resources, and guidance. This cohort includes introductory presentations, facilitated discussions, participant reflection, and action.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and feel confident applying the principles and practices necessary for a strong development program.
  2. Utilize a framework of foundational elements to create an actionable fundraising plan.
  3. Better prioritize strategies and tactics to achieve a higher return on investment.
  4. Apply resources provided in the sessions to build a stronger culture of philanthropy across the organization.


Session 1

March 1

Introductions, Goal Setting, Overview of Series Topics

Discover the core elements required to create a strong development program. 

Session 2

March 8

Must have building blocks. Understand the importance of having the building blocks of vision, values, and case for support in place as you strengthen your fundraising efforts.

Session 3

March 15

Create an (actually useful) development plan. Too often plans are created to sit on shelves. We’ll discuss how having a strong plan can make all the difference and how to create one that is actually helpful to your success.

Session 4

March 22

Board engagement in fundraising.  Your board is a critical ally in engaging the community in your organization’s work. But, what should their specific roles be and how can we motivate and engage them in doing that work effectively?

Session 5

March 29

Effective strategy development. Over the first four weeks we talked about core elements that need to be in place, but now that we’ve got those together, what are you actually going to do to raise money that provides a high return on investment, and allows you to meet your budget needs while building sustainability for the future.

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning series is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) small rural staffed nonprofits statewide.
  • Each session will provide nonprofit leaders with vetted information, ideas, and peer support as they navigate a flood of critical decisions they must make in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to

About the Cohort Leader

Laurel McCombs, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group

Laurel brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector to her role as consultant and trainer with The Osborne Group.  Laurel works closely with clients on topics including donor engagement, development operations, board fundraising and more. In addition to well-received workshops for national organizations, universities, and more, Laurel has presented at the AFP International Conference, CASE-NAIS, and AFP Congress.  Prior to joining TOG, Laurel worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where she coordinated capacity-building support to agencies across the country.  Laurel has a degree from USC and lives in Clackamas, OR.



$75 for NAO Members
$150 for Yet To Be Members

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact



March 1st, 2021 12:00 PM   through   March 29th, 2021 1:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 150.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Development & Fundraising
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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