Fundraising Certificate Program
This program is designed to equip development officers, executive directors and others responsible for resource development, with the skills needed to bring in funds. This program has been endorsed by both the Mid-America Chapter for the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Nonprofit Connect.
Classes are offered on Fridays and Saturdays, with a four- or five- week break between sessions. The break allows for students to complete projects, applying what they learned in the first day(s) of class. The project must reflect actual work for a nonprofit agency they work or volunteer for or the student may take the opportunity to work with a new agency they want to learn about. The Midwest Center can help connect students to agencies needing specific projects.
After the break, students return for a second session in which they present their projects to the entire class. This provides students’ the opportunity to develop verbal and presentation skills, and enhance learning by observing different applications of the same principles.
Following presentations, the remaining class time is used to develop additional skills in the subject area and to answer questions.
Each core class meets for four days, beginning with a Friday/Saturday session, and ending with a Friday/Saturday session four or five weeks later.
Elective classes meet for two days, beginning on a Friday and ending four or five weeks later on a Saturday. With the Friday/Saturday format, working students lose only one day from work and one of their own weekend days for each elective, and two work days and two weekend days for each core class. Note: the Strategic Boards with Impact: New Work and Challenges course meets on three Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
After completing two core courses and two electives, students will receive a Certificate in Fund Raising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
- Organizing for Successful Fundraising (Offered in both Fall and Spring/Winter semesters)
- Creating and Implementing the Annual Development Plan (Offered in both Fall and Spring/Winter semesters)
- Contemporary Trends in the Nonprofit Sector: The Impact on Fundraising (Offered in Fall semester)
- Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising (Offered in Fall semester)
- Planned Giving and Major Gift Solicitation (Offered Spring/Winter semester)
- Prospect Research and Proposal Writing (Offered in both Fall and Spring/Winter semesters)
- Strategic Boards with Impact: New Work and Challenges (Offered Spring/Winter semester)