• Discover best practices in fundraising
  • Learn from seasoned fundraisers

Contact Information

For more information about this program, or if you are having any trouble submitting the PDF application, contact Jill Alcorn at the College of eLearning & Extended Education: 707-826-5879 or e-mail

The Program Staff

Jill Alcorn, Extended Education Coordinator and New Designs in Fundraising Certificate program advisor: 707-826-5879 or e-mail

Sheila Rocker Heppe, Director of Extended Education and OLLI Programs: 707-826-3743 or e-mail

Carl Hansen, Dean of the College of eLearning and Extended Education: e-mail

The Faculty

Guiamar F. Hiegert, CFRE

Guia is a seasoned executive with over thirty years of successful experience in nonprofit management, development and training.  She has extensive experience in fundraising, board development, program planning and implementation, volunteer management and staff and volunteer training.  She has served as Lead Faculty for The Fund Raising School, an international training program for the Center on Philanthropy of Indiana and Purdue Universities.  In 2007, she created the North Coast Fund Raising Institute, a training program designed to reach out to Northern California and Southern Oregon to meet the needs of not-for-profit organizations that have little or no access to professional training in this largely rural area. 

Her clients have included: BoardSource, Fire PALS, Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, Del Norte Family Resource Center, Humboldt Area Foundation, Catholic Healthcare West, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Del Norte Marianist Province of the Pacific, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, KEET Public Television, the Mendocino Land Trust, Mattole Restoration Council, Food for People, the San Diego Space & Science Museum, and other clients throughout the United States.

Fundraising for Nonprofits Advisory Board

Beth Bray, Director of Marketing and Development
Six Rivers Planned Parenthood

Melissa Hooven, Director of Fund Development and Marketing
Vector Physical Therapy and Aquatic Center

Amy Jester, Program Manager
Humboldt Area Foundation, including the Northern California Association of Nonprofits (NorCAN) and Union Labor Health Foundation

Paul McGinty, Executive Director
St. Joseph Hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundations

Sarah Pilkington, Outreach and Development
Northcoast Regional Land Trust