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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PT)
Check-in and Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided.

Event Description

Adding the “Fun Factor” to Your Fundraising Plan


When we think of fundraising, we may not remember that the first part of the word is fun. How can we add this dimension to the important work of bringing financial support and resources to our organizations? What can we do to embed creative strategies, frameworks, and practices into fundraising, making it more effective and more engaging for our teams and donors? How can we build our resiliency as professionals by focusing on making our work more enjoyable and creative? Join two fundraising professionals as we talk about these topics, play a few games together, and put the fun back into our work. (We will even have game prizes. Yes, this is worth leaving your office to attend so you can connect with colleagues, laugh a little, and rejuvenate!)

In this interactive session, participants will:

  • Learn and practice skills to make fundraising effective and engaging in three areas: grant writing, donor campaigns, and events
  • Identify how to put the “fun factor” into all areas of fundraising and create plans with next steps to take back to their organizations
  • Engage with other nonprofit professionals in a fun and active setting, building their own resiliency and creating greater connections with others in the community

For accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenters

Michelle St. Romain Wilson, M.A., Wellspring Consulting

Michelle St. Romain Wilson has worked in the nonprofit and education sectors for over 30 years. She has a passion for working with others to make positive change in our communities in ways that support us as individuals, drawing on our unique strengths and talents. She brings training in trauma-informed/ resiliency care; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and principles of collaborative change management to her work.

She has served in leadership roles and as a consultant with organizations in social services, environmental stewardship, healthcare, holistic health and wellness, youth development, higher education, K-12 education, and the arts in California, Hawaii, and Oregon. She has served on the boards of the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network, the Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, and the Women’s Leadership Conference of Southern Oregon. Michelle lives in Southern Oregon with her wife, their three teens, a few pets, and a yard full of flowers and food. 

Brad Russell, M.S., Rogue Valley YMCA

Brad Russell is the Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford, Oregon.  He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration and Nonprofit Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began his YMCA career in 1990 in Rochester, New York then served in San Diego, California.  He spent a year at a YMCA in Taiwan where he met his wife, Stella, then led two YMCAs in Monterey County, California.  

Brad volunteers for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and serves on the board of La Clinica Health Center. As an avid traveler, he has visited YMCAs in more than 35 countries, speaks Mandarin Chinese and a bit of Spanish.  In his free time, he enjoys sea kayaking and time outdoors with his wife and three dogs.


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$40 NAO Members
$60 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.

MVNN Member Pass holders may register for events within this specific network. Your unique discount code may be used for ten registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization.

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Please note: NAO will follow the masking guidelines of the venue in which we are holding this session. To make sure you have the most accurate information, all registrants will be notified of the venue-specific policy in advance of the session.

December 14th, 2022 from  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
ACCESS Olsrud Family Nutrition Center
2020 Cardinal Avenue
(behind OLD COSTCO location-directly across from Cash and Carry)
Medford, OR 97504
Event Fee(s)
Price $60.00
Event Particulars
City Medford
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Southern Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding