Professional Fundraising Series
This series of courses is designed to help equip development officers, executive directors and others responsible for resource development, with the skills needed to bring in funds.
Classes are offered 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 and Elective classes meets for two days (see the course schedule for actual 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.
- 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)
- Developing Campaigns and Working with Consultants (Offered in Summer semester)
- Direct Marketing and Direct Mail in Fundraising (Offered in Spring/Winter semester)
- Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising Success and Social Impact (Offered in Summer 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 Fall semester)