Fund Development Certificate

The Fund Development Certificate is useful for individuals and organizations as they pursue growth in fundraising knowledge and skills. The certificate consists of four elective fundraising courses and one required development plan course. These courses provide you with a broad understanding of the fundraising role as well as assistance in the implementation of best practices within your organization.

Nonprofit organizations are often asked to do more with less. Increasingly, economic forces and competition for shrinking sources of funds require organizations to adopt professional fundraising practices. The Fund Development Certificate helps you develop a well-rounded understanding of the profession and learn the fundamentals for successful fundraising. The certificate consists of four elective fundraising courses and one required development plan course. Participants completing all five courses within five years have earned the Fund Development Certificate.

  • Current professional fundraisers within nonprofit organizations
  • Current program staff members
  • Individuals seeking to transition into fundraising profession

After completing this certificate program:

  • Build a customized program to meet your individual needs by selecting your own fundraising courses
  • Learn and develop the elements necessary for a successful fund Expand your professional network by working with an assigned mentor on the fund development plan

  • Individual elective course pricing: $245 - $400 (discounts available for AFP members)
  • Required course (Creating a Fund Development Plan) pricing: $1000 (discount available for AFP members)

The certificate program requires the completion of four fundraising elective courses and one required fund development plan course. These courses provide you with a broad understanding of the fundraising role as well as the implementation of best practices within your organization. The five courses must be completed within a five year period.

Required course
Course completion is required to earn the Fund Development Certificate.

Elective courses
You must complete four of the classes listed below. Elective classes available online and in-person.

CEUs/CFREs

CEUs and CFRE points vary depending on which four elective and one required courses are taken.

Join us at an upcoming online information session.

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 form 1-1:30 p.m. Central time