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The mission of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter
is to advance philanthropy and ethical fundraising. 

Motivating Millennials to Engage in Philanthropy

Friday, September 9
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon Street | Portland 

Oh Millennials! They are just so misunderstood, so malcontent, and so absorbed in their unrealistic approach to life, right? Or maybe... they're just poor. And if so, how on earth do we go about getting to the money with Millennials?!? Everyone is saying it: Millennials are the future of our nonprofit success. But is this ill-prepared and economically-challenged generation really going to spell fame and fortune for our organizations? And how? In this presentation-panel, we will take a look at who Millennials are, why they are the way they are, and how nonprofits can work to identify, engage, and build meaningful relationships with Millennials that will yield positive outcomes. Our panel of self-declared Millennials will speak to their own generation - and their extensive work with this generation - and how we can make small, immediate, and impactful changes to open up the conversation with Generation Y. #letsdothis

Jessica Aleksy, CFRE | Development Director - HEAT Oregon

Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College, a certificate in Political Science from the Sorbonne University of Paris, and an M.S. in Sustainable Community & Economic Development from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University. Prior to her current role with HEAT Oregon, Jess has held capacity building positions with the Boys & Girls Club, the Alliance to End Homelessness, and most recently in marketing & development positions at Saint Andre Bessette and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. Outside of the office, Jess serves as Board Member & VP of Digital Marketing for AFP Oregon & SW Washington, Marketing Committee and National Conference Steering Committee Member for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Portland, and Professional Presenter on topics of generational marketing & philanthropy in the region. Jess was honored in 2013 with a Starbright Crystal Award and achieved her Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials in 2014, but considers her greatest accomplishment to be the addition of "Mommy" to her official title in 2015.

Liza Dyer, CVA | Program Coordinator, Volunteer Services - Multnomah County Library

Liza has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit and public sectors for over 15 years. She is currently a Program Coordinator in Volunteer Services at Multnomah County Library, a public library system which engages over 2,000 community members as library volunteers each year. Liza has previously worked in museums and science centers, where she taught kids about science through music and cooking, led citizen scientists in marine science projects, and evaluated museum exhibits.  She is proud to be Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

Josh Damis | Social Media Strategist - R/West

Josh Damis is a social media strategist with R/West. He grew up in Portland and attended the University of Oregon. In his free time he enjoys sports, stand-up comedy, and tries his hardest to kick his Twitter addiction.

Jessica Fern | Marketing & Communication Manager -I Have a Dream" Oregon

I love making the ugly beautiful, the complex clear, and the average exceptional. A background in non-profit marketing and communication strategy my thinking and experience take all projects beyond the purely visual with an eye on marketing and results: How will this increase awareness? How will this improve collaboration? The most important thing is building brands people love. 

Melissa Peterson | Corporate Relations Manager - SOLVE

Melissa Peterson is employed at SOLVE as the Corporate Relations Manager, and actively engages the local Oregon business community by financially supporting and volunteering with SOLVE. Before her tenure with SOLVE, Melissa was the Director of Annual Giving for her alma mater, Western Oregon University, where she studied Public Policy Administration. Melissa is currently completing the last term of her MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility. In her free time, Melissa is looking for the best burrito in Portland.


COST: $35 AFP members | $50 nonmembers and guests | $25 AFP Young Professional Members

Fundamentals of Fundraising

 Join us for a professional development course you don’t want to miss! The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington is bringing to Portland a special AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course from AFP International. It’s the first time this course will be held in Oregon!

 This two-day course is approved for 16 hours of CFRE credit – either to qualify towards your CFRE or if you already have your certification, this provides approved continuing education credits.

 The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course is composed of seven customized modules that have been developed to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofits face every day. This 16-hour program includes case studies and expert regional and national speakers. 

 This course is designed for fundraising professionals with 0-4 years or others who have responsibility for the development function such as:

  •  executive directors; 
  •  vice presidents of development;
  •  program managers;
  •  special event coordinators; and
  •  leadership board members for local nonprofits and foundations. 


Thursday September 29, 2016 and Friday September 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


MercyCorps Global Headquarters (Aceh Room) 
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204


This course is approved for 16 hours of CFRE credit towards a qualifying CFRE application or as continuing education for recertification.

$390 AFP Members 
$490 Non-AFP Members 
$190 Additional Registrants (from same organization)

Limited scholarships are available – please contact us at before August 15 for scholarship application.

Register Now!

Congratulations to our Philanthropy Awards honorees!  


Allan Price Award for Distinguished Service to the Fundraising Profession J.S. May



Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement Ben & Elaine Whiteley



Outstanding Philanthropists Jim & Judith Youde



Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Starker Forests, Inc.



Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation MRG Foundation



Outstanding Volunteer Group Union High School National Honor Society



 Youth in Philanthropy Union High School National Honor Society

The 30th Annual Philanthropy Awards will be presented on 

Monday, November 7 at the Portland Hilton Hotel.

Registration for tickets and tables

Sponsorship information


Thank you Philanthropy Awards Sponsors!



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