Instructor: Tom Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor at William Jewell College

Dates for this four-day course:
The next time this course will be held is TBD. Please let us know at / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.



Program Details

Most organizations are unsuccessful with their fundraising efforts, not because their cause isn’t worthy of support, but because they simply are not organized to raise funds. This four-day course prepares your organization to fundraise effectively. It provides an overview of fundraising, national and local trends, models of fundraising, and more. Applied Project: Agency mission statement and case statement. 

Key Topics

  • Basic elements of a mission statement
  • Prepare your case for support
  • Role of staff and board
  • Various legal issues involved
  • What donors look for in a proposal
  • Computerize agency fundraising records

This is a core course in the Professional Fundraising Series.

Required Textbook:
Required textbooks can be purchased at the UMKC Bookstore or through most major bookstores.

  • Title: Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (4th edition)
  • Editors: Eugene R. Tempel, Timothy L. Seiler, and Dwight F. Burlingame
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781118853825

MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form. 

Graduate Credit:
If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student. 

Location and Parking:
All sessions are held in Room 211 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. We will mail parking passes prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or 

Photo and Video Release:
By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.