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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 this 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.
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Fundraising professionals as well as those interested in entering the field.
Applicants must have completed at least two years of college or have equivalent experience.
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 adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
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).
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Fund Development Fundamentals
Strategy, Planning & Tools for Fundraising Success
Advanced Fundraising Strategies & Launching Your Career
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.
Steven Atamian, Executive Director, Global Brigades Association
Bradley Borst, Senior Managing Director of Development, Forterra
Betsey Curran, Deputy Director, Seattle Parks Foundation
Matt Fikejs, Information and Referral Program Manager, 501 Commons
Kathryn Finau, Director, Tukwila Food Pantry
Katrina Freeburg, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Seattle Preparatory School
Mark Hancock, Community Initiatives Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County
Liz Heath, Principal, Sound Nonprofits
Lee Heck, Associate Vice President, Individual Giving Programs, University of Washington
Lynn Hogan, Executive Director, Office of Development, UW Medical Affairs Development
Natalie Lecher, Assistant Director, International & Academic Programs, UW Continuum College
Barry McConnell, President, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Catherine McConnell, Vice President, Development & Communications, Seattle Goodwill Industries
Megan E. McNally, Founder and Principal Attorney, Doyenne Legal PLLC
Erica Mills, Director, Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Andrew Minear, Senior Director, Regional Advancement, University of Washington
David Strong, Executive Director, AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma
Asa Tate, Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington
“The UW program gave me a lot of connections, which is very useful. It’s given me a powerful voice in the industry.”
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