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Fundraising Management

As government and corporate funding decrease and social needs increase, strategic fundraising has become more important than ever for nonprofit organizations to be successful in their missions. This certificate will give you the necessary preparation to become an effective development professional, with a focus on fundraising theory, history, strategy, implementation, and practice.

In the certificate program, you will gain valuable skills in all aspects of fundraising management, including grant writing, annual major gift solicitation, capital campaign development and execution, and donor base development. Upon completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to build a convincing case or financial support, and select the donors and markets that best fit your organization’s mission.

The certificate in fundraising management can be completed 100% online, entirely face-to-face, or with a combination of online and face-to-face classes. The program’s flexibility and affordability will allow you to complete your certificate in as little as 12 months, giving you a valuable credential to add to your resume as you advance your career. In addition, all certificate courses can also be applied toward a degree, such as a master of nonprofit administration.

We offer small class sizes and respected professional faculty, including experts in annual giving, capital campaigns, and working with major donors. The certificate in fundraising management program is one of the options the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers to students committed to becoming successful, ethical leaders in the nonprofit sector.


The five classes below are required for the certificate in fundraising. Click on a course title to read its description.

Review our semester schedules to see current offerings, including online and on-campus classes.

This course covers the fundamentals of effective resource development as they pertain to nonprofit organizations. Principles and best practices of fundraising are studied, including the fundraising process (i.e., organizational readiness, case development, donor pyramid, strategic planning, management and research). The principles that undergird effective fundraising practices will also be reviewed, including the historical, organizational, legal, ethical, and theoretical contexts of fundraising.

This course takes an in-depth look at the annual give techniques and processes by which financial resources are secured by nonprofit managers and fundraisers. Attention is given to direct mail, phonathon, email, event, and social media fundraising programs for individuals along with advances in technology and research for fundraising.

Capital campaign and major gift fundraising will be explored within the context of a broad fundraising program for nonprofit organizations. The course includes preparing, planning, managing, and implementing a capital campaign with major gift donors. Special topics will include financing the campaign, major gift solicitation, board involvement in fundraising, campaign structure, and volunteer networks.

Grant writing will be explored within the context of philanthropic and marketing programs at charitable foundations and corporations. The course will build skills in written communication with multiple opportunities to write case statements, grant proposals, cover letters, and stewardship pieces. Topics will include theory and practical application.

Planned giving will be explored within the context of the estate planning and philanthropic giving options for individuals. This course will include not only the more technical description of giving vehicles (e.g., charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, and charitable lead trusts) but will concentrate on the marketing and management aspects of a planned giving program.

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North Park University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in School of Business and Nonprofit Management certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.

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