The Executive Certificate in Fundraising
The Executive Certificate in Fundraising teaches fundamental theories and emerging models of effective fundraising, incorporating evidenced-based research, case studies and situated learning delivered by expert practitioners and scholars in the area of fundraising and philanthropy.
The Executive Certificate in Fundraising is appropriate for experienced fundraisers and nonprofit executives working in education, arts, healthcare, religious and human-service organizations who desire to enhance their skills and gain more confidence in the practice of fundraising. Individuals seeking a career in fundraising will find this program to be a comprehensive foundation before entering the field. Download fundraising fact sheet and brochure.
|Fundamentals of Fundraising||Explore major theories and concepts of fundraising|
|Fundraising Methods: Annual Gifts, Major Gifts and Planned Gifts||Learn proven techniques and strategies that lead to successful fundraising|
|Government, Corporate and Foundation Fundraising||Receive hands-on learning about grant-making organizations and their expectations|
|Planning and Leading the Campaign||Study time-tested principles of effective campaigns|
Each course is carefully designed to capture essential fundraising concepts by combining relevant fundraising literature and research, along with best-practice knowledge from the field (see Course Descriptions for detailed information and scheduling). The University of Texas at Dallas will confer The Executive Certificate in Fundraising to participants upon completion of all required courses.
The Executive Certificate in Fundraising program is offered each academic semester at Jindal School, UT Dallas, allowing participants to complete required courses within four months if desired. However, participants may elect to complete the required courses over two or more, but not to exceed six semesters.
1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States employ 10 percent of the nation’s workforce and contribute nearly $800 billion to the gross domestic product. Each year, these organizations generate nearly $1.5 trillion in revenue necessary to serve the public interest. Private contributions generated from various forms of fundraising account for a significant portion of the sector’s revenue.
The practice of fundraising has evolved significantly over the past several decades into what is now a highly specialized and complex activity. As the profession develops and demand for effective fundraisers and fundraising grows, serious professionals will seek to upgrade their credentials and prepare for the future by taking advantage of knowledge-based and research-oriented programs such as this one.