Dedee Wilner-Nugent began her career as a fundraising professional as the Executive Director of a small arts organization and then as a Development Director for a non-profit emergency animal hospital. Her experience managing capital campaigns began in 2001, when she joined The Collins Group, a consulting firm serving organizations in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and California.
After a decade of successful, high paced campaign work, Dedee took a 7 year break from consulting to serve as Director of Public Affairs for Central City Concern, one of the largest social service, healthcare and housing agencies in Oregon.
In 2018 Dedee returned to capital campaign management as a capital campaign advisor with The Varga Group, a highly-regarded boutique fundraising firm in Oregon. Five years later, Dedee was excited to join Capital Campaign Pro as a campaign advisor and to begin offering campaign expertise to nonprofit organizations across the USA.
Areas of Expertise
Dedee has helped nonprofit leaders to complete successful campaigns with goals ranging from $1 million to $100 million for:
- Independent schools
- Community colleges
- Social service and youth enrichment providers
- Housing and health care agencies
- Learning and physical disability empowerment groups
- Arts and culture organizations
- Historical societies
- Animal welfare causes
- Social justice and conservation groups
Dedee enjoys working with a broad spectrum of communities including both urban and rural, faith based, BIPOC and other culturally-specific communities.
Education and Certifications
Dedee received her baccalaureate degree from Smith College in Massachusets, and continued her post graduate education at the University of Connecticut. In 2004, she secured her certificate as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Furthermore, Dedee is a member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and has taught courses on fundraising for several regional fundraising associations. She also founded Oregon’s local CFRE prep course, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Dedee is a loving mother of two teens, an avid reader, an amateur puppeteer and a lifelong backpacker. She is currently a board member for Cedarwood Waldorf School and the chair of the school’s Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice committee.
In addition, Dedee serves as Board Chair for The Shadow Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveling the academic playing field for children with learning disabilities.