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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 coverCourses will use the following texts:

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

Foundations for Fundraising

Cancelled - To be offered Spring 2017

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

Cancelled - To be offered Spring 2017

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

Cancelled - To be offered Spring 2017

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

Cancelled - To be offered Spring 2017

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.

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CFRE Approved Provider The HSU New Designs for Fundraising Certificate program has been registered and approved by Certified Fund Raising Executives International (CFRE). Each course qualifies for 8 continuing education points (32 points for all four courses) that can be used towards initial certification and recertification for the CFRE credential, the global standard for the fundraising profession.
  • Testimonial: This course provides the opportunity to learn the unique challenges and resources that can best be used in small towns and rural areas, especially with small shops. (Allyne Brown, Director of Philanthropy, Ukiah Valley Medical Center)
  • Testimonial: I can't begin to fully explain just how much I've valued the learning that I'm getting out of the New Designs for Fundraising certificate program. I really do appreciate what Humboldt State University is providing through this important learning opportunity. I would encourage anyone currently employed in the fundraising realm or looking to gain experience and employment in the fundraising realm to consider enrolling in this program.(Jeffrey S. Boian, M.A., MCDP, Leadership Coach & Consultant)
  • Testimonial: I felt like I had a personal coach and professional consultant at my fingertips. I will keep and refer to the materials as I proceed with board recruitment. (Student Evaluation)
  • Testimonial: The instructor was outstanding! She was extremely helpful and tailored her recommendations and advice to the specific needs of each person's non-profit. The materials were quite relevant to sustaining and expanding rural non-profit organizations. I learned much during these 4 weeks and was able to immediately apply these learned skills to my organization. This was the best class I've ever taken on management and leadership. (Student Evaluation)
  • Testimonial: Tools for Annual Giving was a lifesaver for me as a new executive director of a rural arts center. It introduced very practical ideas and models, like the Donor Pyramid and Gift Range Charts, that immediately helped me focus on a fundraising strategy that works, makes sense and can be easily explained to my staff and board. The course completely shifted my understanding of how to engage creatively and deeply in the fundraising process. (Roy King, Westhaven Center for the Arts)
  • Testimonial: Tools for Annual Giving helped me identify new funding sources, increase donor giving, and better understand where to invest our limited resources for fundraising. (Cassie Pinnell, Executive Director of the Mattole Restoration Council)