• Discover best practices in fundraising
  • Learn from seasoned fundraisers
  • Enhance your career
  • Network with a community of fundraising professionals
  • Discover best practices in fundraising
  • Learn from seasoned fundraisers
  • Enhance your career
  • Network with a community of fundraising professionals

Courses & Schedule

All courses are held ONLINE. 

Fees:  $195 per course

Register for the four-course series and receive a 10% discount. Fee: $700

Courses may be taken individually; completion of certificate is not required.

Course Format

Courses may be taken consecutively to earn a certificate, or individually for professional development in a specific subject area. See "Requirements for the Certificate" below for more information.

Each course is four weeks long and held online, using the Moodle learning platform. Students can expect to spend 4-5 hours per week on coursework.

The courses consist of reading assignments, weekly forums and live chat sessions with faculty and other students. There are fixed due dates for assignments each week. While it is not required for students to have previous experience with nonprofit organizations, class assignments do require the use of materials from nonprofit organizations. Students who are not currently working in a staff or volunteer capacity will need to approach a nonprofit organization of their choice to ask if they can use that organization as their "example" for some of the course assignments.

There are also weekly live video chats that will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of faculty and students.

Faculty provide students with one-on-one consultation via video chats, phone, and email. Faculty remain available, as do course materials, to students after the completion of each course.

New Designs for Fundraising workbook coveCourses will use the following texts:

New Designs for Fundraising Workbooks: Hiegert
Achieving Excellence in Fundraising: Tempel, Seiler & Aldrich
Beyond Fundraising: Grace

Foundations for Fundraising

Jan. 19-Feb. 12, 2016

This course is a comprehensive overview of the multi-disciplinary process of fundraising. Topics include the history of fundraising, ethics, environmental trends, strategic planning methodologies and how to engage volunteers in fundraising plans.

Tools for Annual Giving

Feb. 15-March 11, 2016

This course provides all the methods and programs for developing prospects and donors to sustain the annual operations of the nonprofit organization. Participants will be equipped to apply the development process to their organization; evaluate, design and produce mail, telephone, internet and social media fundraising campaigns; focus their corporate and foundation fundraising efforts.

Tools for Big Gifts

March 14-April 8, 2016

This course is the "toolbox" which contains information and instruction on methods to develop prospects and donors for the large gifts—those that can make a critical difference in the operations and programs of nonprofit organizations. Participants will understand the principles of capital campaigns and planned giving; practice asking techniques; and gain assessment strategies to be able to analyze their organization’s fundraising programs.

The People

April 11-May 6, 2016

This course focuses on how to support the people who sustain nonprofit organizations—from volunteers and staff, to board members and other groups. Participants will learn key volunteer recruitment and team building strategies; develop tools to improve board development, performance, training and self-assessment.