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Certificate of Fundraising Essentials


Your journey to becoming an expert fundraiser starts here! These six foundation-building courses are designed to provide a comprehensive orientation to nonprofit fundraising. You'll develop the skills you need to succeed in raising the funds that will sustain and enhance the mission of your organization.

The six courses in this certificate are at the 100 (introductory) level and are designed for people new to nonprofit fundraising and development looking for the fundamentals of primary revenue sources and of managing successful fundraising and development operations. For intermediate/advanced coursework on these topics, please check out our additional Fundraising and Development certificates and courses in our Course Catalog.


FND 110 | Ethics in Fundraising
Go beyond the law to learn what nonprofits must do to demonstrate their dedication to ethical practices by being transparent with financial information and fundraising practices.

FND 120 | Intro to Corporate and Foundation Relations
Learn how to creatively engage and support existing philanthropic relationships as well as expand corporate and foundation partnerships to advance your institutional missions.

FND 130 | Intro to Individual Donor Development
Explore why individual donor development is essential to any nonprofit seeking sustainability and scale and why planned giving should be a part of your organization's development plan.

FND 140 | Intro to Government Funding
Learn the pros and cons of Government funding and its impact on the culture of your organization.

FND 150 | Fundraising and Special Event Planning
Learn best practices for executing brand-elevating fundraising events.

FND 160 | Intro to Development Planning and Budgeting
Dissect the structure of your development department and how it affects your organization's approach to supporting its mission.



  • Starting October 14, 2021


9:00 am - 12:30 pm ET


Online Class 
You will receive log-in information after registering for the course.

Registration Details

Member: $420
Nonmember: $520

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.

Starting October 14, 2021

FND 110 - 10.14.21 
FND 120 - 10.21.21
FND 130 - 11.4.21
FND 140 - 10.28.21
FND 150 - 11.11.21
FND 160 - 11.18.21