Fundraising Certificate Program

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Discover tips, techniques and tools used by successful nonprofit organizations and universities to raise money.

Program Overview: 

Developed by five experienced fundraisers, this program focuses on the foundations of philanthropy and the fundamentals of professional fundraising. In this online, self-paced program, you will explore universal practices that can be used by any organization, no matter the size, scope or mission, such as best practices of fundraising and proven strategies for Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Organized into nine learning modules covering vital aspects of professional fundraising and taught by experts in the field with years of first-hand experience, the Fundraising Certificate Program takes approximately seven hours to complete and provides the specialized training you need to develop, strengthen and support your fundraising success.

Learning Modules:

Note: Modules must be taken in the order listed below since each module builds on the previous module’s content.

  • Certificate Introduction: Gain an understanding of professional fundraising with an introductory overview of the program.
  • Foundations of Philanthropy: Explore the history and evolution of philanthropy in the United States, the psychology of philanthropy and donor motivation.
  • Board of Directors: Understand the role of a nonprofit board of directors, board members’ roles and responsibilities and board governance.
  • Annual Giving: This course delves into annual giving strategy and tactics, who should be making annual gifts, finding new donors, donor segmentation and donor stewardship.  
  • Major Gifts: Develop your ability to craft major gift fundraising strategy, while mastering the major gift development cycle, communication, stewardship and relationship management. Making the ask, campaign strategy and event fundraising round out the rest of this course.
  • Planned Giving: Learn best practices of planned giving, including relevant audiences, effective marketing, gift plans, stewardship and strategy.
  • Foundation Relations: Expand your understanding of institutional giving as we cover the principles of foundation relations and foundation giving. 
  • Grant Writing:  This course will cover the principles of grant writing, detailing the process of crafting a successful proposal. 
  • Corporate Relations: Gain an understanding of corporate relations principles, corporate social responsibility and corporate giving. 
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Individuals interested in starting a career at a nonprofit organization or university. 
  • Social entrepreneurs, founders and leaders of nonprofit organizations.
  • Current nonprofit staff and volunteers looking to improve their fundraising knowledge.
  • Higher education leadership, faculty and staff.
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Expand your knowledge of proven best practices used by nonprofit organizations and universities to successfully raise money.
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of professional fundraising, including annual giving; major gifts; planned giving; and corporate and foundation relations.
  • Learn the best practices for grant writing and submitting proposals to foundations and corporations for funding support.
  • Understand the psychology of giving and the history of philanthropy in the United States.
Additional Information: 

This course is offered in partnership with Elective Learning LLC and is accredited through CFRE.

Individuals who successfully complete the Fundraising Certificate will be awarded a digital proof of completion. 

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units: .65 CEUs
Certified Fund Raising Executive International (CFRE International): 6 CE points

All nonprofit staff receive a 10% discount on the Fundraising Certificate Program. Simply send an email to your Enrollment and Success Coordinator to request the code and apply it to the shopping cart upon checkout.

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Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete the program.
Online Self-paced
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