Henry W. Bloch School of Management

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.

Course Format:

Classes are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and/or 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 Thursday/Friday or Friday/Saturday session, and ending with a Thursday/Friday or Friday/Saturday session four or five weeks later (click on each course listed below for actual scheduled dates).

Elective classes meet for two days, beginning on a Friday and ending four or five weeks later on a Friday or Saturday (click on each course below for actual scheduled dates). 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.

Course Content:

Core Classes

Elective Classes


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