Fundraising: Harnessing the Funds to Achieve Your Mission

Effective fundraising programs and strategies are essential to the success of any non-profit organization. In this course, you will gain an overview of professional fundraising through exploring the strategies that non-profit organizations use to generate revenue, as well as an introduction to the tools and systems used to support the cultivation and stewardship of donors and supporters.

This course is designed for current or aspiring managers, program staff, board members and volunteers in the non-profit sector who are interested in becoming more familiar with the fundamentals of fundraising and philanthropy. This course may also be of interest to those currently considering a career change from the private sector to a non-profit environment.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 13 weeks
Tuition: $855
Can be applied to:
Non-Profit Management Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Sep 4, 2024
  • Wed, Sep 4 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Sep 11 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Sep 18 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Sep 25 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 2 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 9 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 16 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 23 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 30 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 6 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 13 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 20 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 27 (self-paced all week)
InstructorPaul M. Taylor
Seats Available33

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Apply basic fundraising concepts to a non-profit project.
  • Foster and support a culture of fundraising in a non-profit organization.
  • Explain effective, ethical and legal fundraising strategies and practices.
  • Implement donor stewardship strategies.
  • Employ effective donor and supporter communication strategies that support organizational fundraising goals.
  • Identify the various roles associated with fundraising/development departments.

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.