New Graduate Fundraising Certificate Offered

Written by Laura Paskin
September 14, 2015

The new graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership, the first of its kind in Washington state, addresses the growing demand for effective fundraisers. The 15-credit program combines the latest theory and research on philanthropy and fundraising with practical skills based on proven models. Hybrid courses leverage the best that both online and in-person instruction can offer, allowing students to fit their education into their schedules.

The program can be completed in 9 months.

"The certificate is designed for nonprofit staff who want to build the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to raise the resources that will fuel their missions," said Professor Maureen Emerson Feit, program director.

Research indicates that 32% of nonprofit executives are unsatisfied with the performance of their current development directors. They also report lengthy vacancies and high turnover among development directors. 

The certificate focuses on fundraising through the lenses of leadership, diversity, ethics, and social justice, with the goal of empowering leaders to build a more just and humane world.

"We know that strong leadership plays a pivotal role in successful fundraising," Feit emphasized. "Our specialized curriculum meets the need for professional, effective fundraisers who think strategically, act ethically, and engage a wide range of supporters in the service of their mission."

Faculty are both scholars and successful professional fundraisers who combine emerging research on giving and philanthropy with effective practice. The dynamic classroom environment emphasizes case studies and exposes students to the full range of knowledge and perspectives needed for effective fundraising in today's environment.

Applications for the Spring 2016 start are now being accepted. Students completing the certificate program may apply nine credits toward the Master of Nonprofit Leadership degree (MNPL).