Certificate in Fundraising

The Certificate in Fundraising is designed for those who want to advance in this ever-expanding field. The ideal candidate may not be formally trained in fundraising, but seeks instruction in the basic skills and methods of resource development.

This certificate has been redesigned to center equity and the important role of fundraisers as changemakers today. In addition to core skills and new trends, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of philanthropy’s history, present, and the future you will be part of creating. Learn how to build a successful fundraising strategy and build up your career along the way!

Executive directors and board members will gain increased confidence and knowledge to support their essential roles as fundraisers for their causes.

For 2023/24 we will be continuing to offer the certificate fully online.

“Because of the Certificate in Fundraising, I attained more than the number of educational points required for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) application.  I was approved to sit for the exam this year and I successfully passed and earned the CFRE designation. It was quite an exam, the hardest professional endeavor thus far in my career.  I can’t thank you all enough for offering such a comprehensive, informative, and honestly, professionally-life changing series. I used all my workbooks and notes to study and will continue to keep them as I move forward (and share with my peers to help boost their work). I came across some CFRE refresher books thru AFP and I just smiled in reviewing, seeing similar content pertaining to donor and operations I learned through The Nonprofit Center, boosting my testing confidence.”
-Michael A. Ticzon, CFRE, former Development Operations Manager, Historical Society of PA

The Certificate in Fundraising is worth 5.5 Continuing Education Units* from The Nonprofit Center, 55 CFRE Points* and requires ten full-day courses, listed below:

  • A History and Introduction to Fundraising
  • Building the Right Development Strategy: Integrating Events
  • The Step-by-Step Guide for the Grantseeker
  • Creating Successful Individual and Major Donor Campaigns
  • Successful Fundraising in a Diverse World Starts With You
  • Successful Corporate Fundraising
  • From Cultivation to Stewardship: The Journey to Donor Retention
  • Be Where Your Donors Are: Crafting Integrated Fundraising Campaigns
  • How to Launch a Planned Giving Program
  • Activate & Elevate Your Fundraising Strategy

Current dates and descriptions of classes can be found here

*for 2023/24. The CEUs and CFREs awarded may be different if any classes are attended in-person and/or in previous/future years.

Package Price:  $1,250 (Requires Membership, with savings over the already discounted member rate)
Member Rate:  $1,550
Non-member Rate: $1,850

Certificate application forms for 2023/24:

(Links will lead to a fillable pdf. Please download, complete and send the form to [email protected]. Use the form for the Certificate Package if you want to pay for the whole certificate upfront and the general application form if you want to pay as you go)

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