Develop Your Fundraising Abilities
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The essence of fundraising is identifying people whose values align with your mission or organization and establishing lasting relationships with them. Success in this continually evolving field requires the right combination of key skills and proven strategies and tactics.
In our four-course certificate program, you’ll learn to use both traditional and emerging fundraising and relationship-building techniques in ways that produce results. We’ll delve into who gives and what motivates giving, and examine the latest research, best practices and ethical standards from experts in the development profession. Acquire the knowledge, experience and connections to become a dynamic fundraiser.
Fundraising professionals as well as those interested in entering the field.
Applicants must have completed of at least two years of college.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Instructor Susan Howlett of the Certificate in Fundraising Management discusses the hands-on curriculum and valuable networking opportunities that the program offers.
This program covers material worth 30.0 points in Category 1.B – Education that can be applied toward initial certification or recertification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
This program consists of four courses taken over three quarters. The practicum course extends over quarters 2 and 3.
Fund Development Fundamentals
Strategy & Leadership for Fundraising Success
Fieldwork for Fundraisers: Practicum
Grant Writing & Nonprofit Finance
Fieldwork for Fundraisers: Practicum
Certificate in Fundraising Management
Approved by the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rebecca Ehrlichman Blume, Assistant Dean of Advancement, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Bradley Borst, Senior Managing Director of Development, Forterra
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Betsey Curran, Deputy Director, Seattle Parks Foundation
Kathryn Finau, Owner, KSF Strategic Services
Katrina Freeburg, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Seattle Preparatory School
Mary Kay Gugerty, Associate Professor of Public Affairs; Ph.D., UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Lee Heck, Associate Vice President, Individual Giving Programs, University of Washington
Natalie Lecher, Program Manager, UW Professional and Continuing Education
Barry McConnell, President, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Catherine McConnell, Vice President, Development & Communications, Seattle Goodwill Industries
Andrew Minear, VP & Chief Development Officer, YMCA Seattle
Lauren Moore, Assistant Director, Major Gifts, Swedish Cancer Institute
Karen Rotko-Wynn, Senior Vice President- West Division, The Alford Group
David Suárez, Associate Professor of Public Affairs; Ph.D., UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Asa Tate, Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington
An Tran, Advancement Officer, Seattle Pacific University
Jody Waits, Director of Development and Communications, YouthCare
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
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