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 provides a foundation in the critical fundamentals, providing a continuum of skills development in all the key areas of resource development, with a strong grounding in the concepts, trends and practices that guide successful and ethical fundraising.

From introductory level courses that call attention to the importance of a strong mission, program strategy, management practices and board and staff leadership, to advanced courses that focus on the major fundraising vehicles, you gain practical knowledge that will enable you to design and execute each activity. Executive directors and board members will gain increased confidence and knowledge to support their essential roles as fundraisers for their causes.

For 2021/22, due to the pandemic, we will be offering 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 5.0 Continuing Education Units* from The Nonprofit Center, 50 CFRE Points* and requires eight full-day and 2 half-day courses, listed below:

  • Fundamentals of Successful Fundraising
  • The Step-by-Step Guide for the Grantseeker
  • How to do Fundraising Events Right
  • Successful Fundraising in a Diverse World Starts With You
  • Creating Successful Individual and Major Donor Campaigns
  • Effective Gift Stewardship + Donor Management = Successful Fundraising
  • Building an Effective Direct Mail Strategy
  • Successful Corporate Fundraising
  • How to Launch a Planned Giving Program
  • How to Create a Fundraising Strategy to Achieve Maximum Success

Current dates and descriptions of classes can be found here

*for 2021/22. CEUs and CFREs may be more if any classes are attended in-person in previous/future years.

Package Price:  $995 (Requires Membership, with a savings of more than 20% over the already discounted member rate)
Member Rate:  $1131
Non-member Rate: $1522

Certificate application forms for 2021/22:

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