Beard to Direct New Graduate Nonprofit Fundraising Program

Written by Laura Paskin
October 8, 2015

Professor Angela C. Beard has been named to oversee the new graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership. This graduate level, 15-credit certificate, the first of its kind in Washington, is designed to meet the growing demand for effective fundraisers. A strong theoretical grounding provides the foundation for classes that teach fundraising fundamentals, communications, individual giving, grantwriting, and financial management.

"Our approach goes beyond the skills and knowledge to be an effective fundraiser," Beard said. "We approach resource development through the lenses of leadership, diversity, ethics, and social justice. This emphasis on reflective practice, leadership, and promoting social justice provides the essential difference between a good fundraiser and a great one."

Students take classes online and come to campus one Saturday each month. The program can be completed within one year.

Applications are now being accepted for the spring quarter that begins March 29, 2016.

The graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership is administered by the Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL). Students successfully completing the certificate program may apply their credits to the MNPL degree program.? The certificate courses are also approved for Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credit.

Beard received her Doctorate and Master's in Public Administration plus an MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. She has been a nonprofit practitioner, board member and scholar for nearly 30 years. For the past three years she has taught in the Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership program. Her research and scholarship focus on nonprofit financial management, philanthropy, leadership, applied statistics, and survey/sampling techniques. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration Review among others.

Beard has held leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, most recently Executive Director at Cancer Lifeline. She has raised millions of dollars working with Pacific Northwest Ballet, ArtsFund, the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 7 master's degrees, and 3 graduate certificates.