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Undergraduate Certificate inFundraising

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Lead Fundraising Efforts to Help Sustain and Grow Nonprofit Organizations

Elevate the missions of nonprofit organizations and your career with the business-management and relationship-building skills needed to successfully raise funds. With expertise in public relations, strategy development, and communications, you can identify the financial needs of nonprofit organizations and facilitate solutions for gaining much-needed funding. Other possibilities might include the following:

  • Promoting awareness of nonprofit organizations’ missions.
  • Implementing event and campaign strategies.
  • Using technology to facilitate financial growth and goal-keeping.
  • Developing and maintaining donor relationships.

Learn Valuable Skills

As a student earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising, you get access to an experiential learning approach -- from using fundraising software to facilitate financial growth and goalkeeping to building public relations and campaign strategies. Specific learning outcomes include the following:

  • Enhance and develop business management, time-management, public relations, and relationship-building skills.
  • Develop essential skills for a well-rounded approach to raising funds that benefits diverse organization types.
  • Learn how nonprofits increase awareness to develop donor relationships and generate necessary funding.

Career Outlook

  • Faster than Average Growth
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth for analysis is much faster than average through 2026.
  • Organization,Communication, Time Management
    Some of the traits that will help you succeed in the field according to O*NET OnLine.
  • $54,130.00 Average Annual Wage
    Or $26.02/hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Potential job titles currently held by professionals with certification in in fundraising.
    Grantwriter, Fundraising Specialist, Special Events Coordinator, Donor Relations Manager, Development Manager, Development Director

Program

The Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising is designed for modern learners like you, who want to lead efforts in fundraising -- by obtaining private, corporate, and government funding -- for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Become an invaluable asset to any educational and religious, research and healthcare, or social services nonprofit looking to increase growth and move forward with their mission. You may also find opportunities in government and political positions.

Courses teach skills that employers say they need from qualified fundraising professionals, including…

  • Foundations of business management.
  • Using software to track fundraising efforts and financial goals.
  • Public relations and marketing skills.

The transcribable, nationally recognized certificate serves as a “stackable credential,” which emphasizes your expertise in Fundraising. Continue working toward a full degree, or highlight the certificate as a way to attest to your investment in your future.

Courses

This 12 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of four three-credit courses:

  • HSM300: Introduction to Human Services

    This course provides students with an overview of the human services field including theoretical models for delivery and the roles and responsibilities of human services workers. Students will explore human services occupations, professional organizations, and community resources as well as ethical and legal issues.

  • COM312: Public Relations Techniques

    This course introduces the basic principles associated with writing in a variety of styles and to multiple publics. Students learn how to construct specialized written documents such as backgrounders, biographies, pitch letters, and news releases. Students will also learn the features of effective design and what design options exist. Students will engage in a service project.

  • COM321: Campaign and Event Planning

    This course introduces the systematic process of researching, planning, conducting, and evaluating the major elements of both campaigns and events. The course focuses on establishing campaign and event goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics. Students will also analyze public relations campaigns locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • PMG370: Fundraising and Grant Writing

    This course provides a broad overview of theoretical and practical application of nonprofit management. Students will learn about the role and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization fundraising marketing and communication plan. An overview of fundraising will include; the importance of an analysis of the essential elements of fundraising: major gift solicitation, the annual campaign, planned giving, understanding alternative fundraising solutions, social enterprises, the use of new technologies for fundraising; individual donor tracking, institutional donors, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate philanthropy. Additionally, students will develop essential research skills, fundraising resources, professional associations and conferences, and examining and measuring the social impact and ethical aspects of fundraising.

  • MKG380: Social Media Marketing

    This course provides the student with conceptual frameworks of how social media is strategically used in a marketing plan. It examines the use of popular social media platforms that include well-established platforms as well as emerging forms to include email marketing, mobile marketing, gaming, and location based mediums. Additionally, this course provides a basic understanding of how to measure the effectiveness of, and assess ethical issues associated with, social media marketing.

  • SOC460: Community Development

    This course examines the various facets of community resource development and management. Emphasis is on planning and management strategies to guide organizations in community development projects, programs, and efforts. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

Cost and Schedule

Cost

We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in your education. Our promise to you is an affordable, high quality education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state premiums or student fees. Best of all, the CSU-Global Tuition Guarantee ensures that your tuition rates will not increase from enrollment thru graduation. Invest in your education, career, and future without breaking the bank.

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Schedule

With 100% online classes that start monthly, you complete your coursework when it’s most convenient for you. No set class times or locations lets you continue to work full-time, take care of your family, travel the world, or whatever else you want while you invest in your education.

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