Whether you are ready to move up in your development department or interested in exploring fundraising as a career, hone the essential skills needed to succeed.
Emphasis on reflective practice, leadership, and a social justices approach provides the essential difference between a good fundraiser – and a great one.
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.
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 widely-recognized Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.
Instill and lead a culture of philanthropy.
Execute successful campaigns that provide resources and engage stakeholders.
Build and diversify your fundraising team.
Fundraise with authenticity and equity in mind.
Can be completed in 9 months.
12 credit hours.
$729 per credit
9-month total tuition cost is $8,748 plus student fees.
Fundraising is most effective when leaders foster and support a culture of philanthropy across an organization and its constituencies. Students will learn to analyze trends, assess opportunities, develop effective and ethical strategies, integrate fundraising into the larger strategic vision of the organization, and inspire others to action.
How do we inspire individuals to give? This course combines the latest research on the psychological, sociological and diverse cultural influences on giving with proven practices in the field so that students learn to broaden and sustain their donor support. Students will learn to plan, prospect, ask, track and recognize annual giving and major gifts.
Financial position, robustness, and flexibility are all areas that are vitally important for effective nonprofit leadership. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the nonprofit capital cycle, the drivers of financial strength, and skills of financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting, and reporting.
Foundation, corporate and public grants constitute a significant portion of funding in the sector. Students will learn to identify foundation, corporate and government grant opportunities, design strong programs and evaluations, develop compelling proposals, negotiate contracts, and develop and sustain relationships with funders.
Upon completion of the Certificate in Fundraising Leadership, graduates will be able to:
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $729 per credit hour (subject to change by Seattle University Board of Trustees). The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership is a 12-credit program; the total cost for tuition over the 9 months of the program is $8,748. Tuition rates for 2022-23 have not yet been determined. Additional student fees apply.
For more information about financial aid options, contact Student Financial Services.
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