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School of Theology and Ministry

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

Course: Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

Date: July 24-27, 2017
Location: Seattle University campus
Cost: Before February 28: $1,250, after March 1: $1,500
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About the course:

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motived by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving. This course is in partnership with Lake Institute on Faith and Giving.

Who Should Attend:

Religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles. The program is open and specifically tailored to all faith traditions.

Typical titles of attendees include:

  • Clergy
  • Laity
  • Judicatory Executives
  • Development leaders and professionals at faith-based organizations 

Requirements: Four 1-day seminars, selected readings, and a final project

  • Day One: Nurturing Generous Congregations & Organizations
  • Day Two: Nurturing Generous Donors
  • Day Three: Fundraising as Ministry
  • Day Four: Shaping a Theology of Money 

Final Project:

Upon completion of the four seminars, participants will apply the concepts learned in the course through designing and implementing a project over the next year at their faith-based institution. Examples of past projects have included designing a year round stewardship program, the annual giving/fundraising campaign, a special fundraising initiative, development of a planned giving program, an educational program to foster generosity, a leadership development program for staff and/or governing board. Upon completion of the project, candidates will submit a written evaluation as to the effectiveness of the project.


Early Bird registration by February 28: $1,250
Registration after March 1: $1,500
Participant must pay in full within 10 days of registration. A $200 non-refundable admission fee applies. No refunds after June 15.

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Contact Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services at or 206-296-5333.