The Executive Certificate in Fundraising

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The Executive Certificate in Fundraising at the Jindal School of Management (JSOM), UT Dallas 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.

Certificate Courses

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. 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 at the Jindal School of Management, 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.

Learn more about each certificate course, scheduled course dates, and tuition by expanding an offering below.

  • Fundamentals of Fundraising
  • The Fundamentals of Fundraising is a survey course that explores the major theories and concepts of the practice of fundraising. The course also provides a comprehensive overview of the philanthropic landscape in the United States. Selected topics of study include: developing and communicating the case for support, annual giving, major gift fundraising, planned giving, campaign planning and management, donor stewardship and retention, prospect research and analytics, and volunteer engagement. Learning objectives and outcomes include an understanding of:

    • the philanthropic landscape in the United States;
    • the historical perspectives and professionalization of fundraising practice;
    • the trends in fundraising research and theory;
    • the major methods of fundraising;
    • the ethical issues that arise from the complex interplay among fundraisers and donors;
    • the personality and leadership characteristics of the fundraiser

    Location: UT Dallas Duration: 3 Days; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Tuition: $950

    Upcoming Course Offerings:

    • September 10-12, 2014
    • February 18-20, 2015

    Registration note: It is recommended that participants with fewer than three years of fundraising experience enroll in the Fundamentals of Fundraising course as a prerequisite to the remaining certificate courses.

  • Fundraising Methods: Annual Gifts, Major Gifts and Planned Gifts
  • Effective fundraising organizations provide and communicate giving opportunities in a variety of ways guided by a thorough understanding of potential donors’ particular interests, goals and resources. The Fundraising Methods course delivers an in-depth analysis of the proven techniques and strategies that lead to successful fundraising. Learning objectives and outcomes include an understanding of:

    • the annual fund, the major gift development lifecycle, bequests and planned giving vehicles;
    • the characteristics and motivation of annual gift, major gift, and planned gift donors;
    • the identification, research, and segmentation of prospective donors;
    • donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

    Location: UT Dallas Duration: 3 Days; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Tuition: $950


    Upcoming Course Offerings:

    • October 8-10, 2014
    • March 4-6, 2015
  • Government, Corporate and Foundation Fundraising
  • Grants from government, corporate and foundation sources are an important part of the funding mix for many nonprofit organizations. However, these grant-making organizations differ greatly in their expectations of a grantee making a one-size-fits-all approach inadequate. Government, Corporate and Foundation Fundraising provides fundraisers hands-on learning. Learning objectives and outcomes include an understanding of:

    • the trends in corporate and foundation giving;
    • how to develop a corporate and foundation fundraising program;
    • effective grant writing and proposal writing strategies

    Location: UT Dallas Duration: 2 Days; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Tuition: $650

    Upcoming Course Offerings:

    • November 19-20, 2014
    • April 8-9, 2015
  • Planning and Leading the Campaign
  • Capital and comprehensive campaigns are intense periods of integrated focus on major gifts and when executed correctly, elevate organizations to greater levels of operational and fundraising effectiveness. Planning and Leading the Campaign is an A-to-Z seminar on the time-tested principles of successful campaigns as they have evolved over the past century. Learning objectives and outcomes include an understanding of:

    • the development audit;
    • the campaign feasibility and readiness study;
    • strategic planning and campaign budgeting;
    • prospect and donor research;
    • developing the case for support and associated campaign collateral material;
    • building the campaign team: staff and volunteer leadership;
    • communicating the campaign;
    • building the endowment

    Location: UT Dallas Duration: 3 Days; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Tuition: $950

    Upcoming Course Offerings:

    • December 17-19, 2014
    • May 6-8, 2015
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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.

Kyle Edgington, PhD
Director, The Executive Certificate in Fundraising

Email

(972) 883-7512
Office – ATC 1.907

Amy Milton
Program Assistant

Email

(972) 883-5841
Office – JSOM 1.701