Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership

Fuel your mission. Conquer the challenges in our increasingly complex nonprofit environment.

Whether you are ready to move up in your development department or interested in exploring fundraising as a career, builds leadership skill and hones essential skill.

Emphasis on reflective practice, leadership and promoting social justice provides the essential difference between a good fundraiser – and a great one.

CFRE Approved Provider 2019Key features:

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Online/On-campus model (3 Saturdays each quarter)
  • Faculty are both scholars and successful professional fundraisers, who combine emerging research on giving and philanthropy with effective practice
  • Continuing education credits and preparation for the Association of Fundraising Professional’s widely-recognized Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential

Your investment

  • Can be completed in 9 months
  • 15 credit hours
  • $714 per credit / total cost $10,710 (2019-20 tuition)
*Affiliated with the Master of Nonprofit Leadership; students completing the certificate program may apply 9 credits toward that degree.

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The MNPL program engaged me in a much deeper, more meaningful way than I had previously experienced in my work…I now see my work in philanthropy as an act of social justice.

Cassandra Mires, MNPL ‘17

Learn to lead for lasting impact

Approach resource development through the lenses of leadership, diversity, ethics, and social justice

Our specialized curriculum, the first of its kind in Washington State, meets the growing demand for effective fundraisers and makes high quality fundraising education accessible across the region.

You will experience the full range of knowledge and perspectives needed for effective fundraising leadership in today’s environment.

You will learn to:

  • Instill and lead a culture of philanthropy
  • Execute successful campaigns that provide resources and engage stakeholders
  • Build and diversify your fundraising team


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You are in good company

Join a network of alumni, students and seasoned professionals

For more that 20 years, our Masters of Nonprofit Leadership alumni have been providing leadership and creating social change in communities throughout the world. You gain those connections in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership.

From the time you join the program and throughout your career, you are connected to our wide and active network of nonprofit professionals and nonprofit organizations.

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Office location

  • Jefferson Building 401, 4th Floor, E Jefferson St & 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
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Mailing address

  • 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

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