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Welcome to the Development Institute

To carry every fundraising professional through to the mastery of their discipline, Nonprofit University's Development Institute offers a continuum of training opportunities covering all aspects and experience levels.

Whether you're an experienced fundraiser or just starting out, the Development Institute will give you the skills you need to fund your mission. Our sector-leading faculty will teach you the best practices to develop a diverse funding pipeline—from grassroots individual gifts to major donor cultivation, from executing successful fundraising events and writing winning grants, to conducting multi-million dollar capital campaigns.

Build up your competency and save money by taking a certificate series or customize your own curriculum by selecting just the individual courses you need.

Introductory Courses  

Your journey to becoming an expert fundraiser starts here! Through six foundation-building courses 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.

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Intermediate Courses  

Delve down into the practical application of various fundraising methods—from individual giving through direct mail, online fundraising and fundraising events, to foundation and corporate relations, planned giving and grants. Our 16-course intermediate curriculum builds on the foundational concepts presented in our introductory series to help you strategically grow your fundraising efforts into a sustainable, impactful development program. 4 carefully curated certificates provide next-level training: Take a deep dive into the topics of capital campaigns, fundraising and communications, grant management, and event management.

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Customize your own learning experience - bundle & save!

Choose from among 18 individual courses covering topics like donor research, grant writing, direct mail, social media campaigns, and much more. Customize and pace your own learning program by creating your own five-course curriculum, affordably priced at five courses for the cost of four. Once you've registered and paid for four courses, simply email the team at [email protected] with the course information to be registered for a fifth course free.

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Master Classes  

Master Classes allow our expert faculty to work with you, and a small group of fundraisers like you, to customize a practical strategy for your specific initiatives.

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