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Who should attend

  • Nonprofit leaders who want to implement a successful fundraising development plan
  • Individuals hoping to network with other nonprofit and fundraising professionals
  • Young professionals exploring career options, or transitioning to the nonprofit or fundraising sector
  • Experienced fundraisers seeking to improve their fundraising leadership skills
  • People pursuing CFRE Certification

About the course

Fundraising and fund development is critical to ensure a nonprofit organization is able to best serve its mission and constituents. When done well, fundraising also gives nonprofit professionals an opportunity to promote the message and goals of their organization.

The Fundraising Certificate Series at St. Thomas gives you the tools and information to balance the priorities of furthering the mission and funding the work, and it gets you a step closer to earning your CFRE certification.

We have the most comprehensive fundraising certificate program in Minnesota, taught by experts who bridge the theory and practice of fundraising and development. The St. Thomas Fundraising Certificate Series is CFRE® (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certified and consists of 13 individual programs, each covering a specific facet of the fundraising field.

Fundraising Certificate Series

The Fundraising Certificate Series is CFRE® (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certified. By completing all 13 programs in the series, you will earn the 80 education hours needed to fulfill the education requirement to receive your CFRE certification, which will set you apart as a motivated fundraising expert. Take 9 of the 13 Fundraising programs to get the St. Thomas Fundraising Certificate.

Fundraising Certificate Series Courses:

Annual Strategies

Explore the philosophy, theory practice for achieving a successful annual giving program. To take this course, you should have 1-5 years of development experience.

Asking for Major Gifts

Learn techniques for soliciting major gifts, identifying potential benefactors, effectively cultivating gifts, and exploring pitfalls and opportunities in requesting gifts.

Budgeting for your Fundraising Program

Have you ever wondered why the fees you charge for your services are not covering your costs? This program will help you combine the budget and program planning process.

Donor Motivation

Explore the motivational factors that influence donor behavior. Develop interviewing skills to discover what individually motivates donors and how to apply that to help donors make giving decisions.

Grant Writing Essentials

Originally created for grant writers, this program has proven useful for grant reviewers, too. Analyze each section of a proposal outline and learn how to research potential funders. The course will also teach you how to write a grant proposal.

How to Write a Development Plan and Manage a Development Office

Learn how to prepare a development plan, manage a successful development operation, manage the accountability and productivity of your staff and manage a department budget.

Laying the Foundation for Fund Development

Find out how to launch a career in fundraising. Learn about the fundraiser, CEO and board relationship, as well as the important ties between strategic planning and visioning.

Measuring Social Impact

Determine the ROI of each initiative with a simple framework to meet program evaluation requirements. You are invited to bring a specific program evaluation problem to class.

Nonprofit Messaging that Drives Giving

Learn the fundamental components of marketing and communication plans, and develop media relations and program management skills. This course is geared toward marketing and communication personnel from the nonprofit and executive directors.

Nonprofit Prospect Management & Research Techniques

Learn to use data to drive results. Create ratings, policies reports on prospects, and analyze these to determine the next steps for prospects.

Transformational Nonprofit Leadership

Explore the theory, practice, behaviors skills identified with leadership. Readings and discussions ask you to think about your personal and professional future.

Planned Giving and Capital Campaigns

Learn about campaign theory and successful fundraising efforts. Find out more about organizational readiness, donor cultivation and an overview of gift planning vehicles.

Researching, Cultivating and Appreciating Foundations & Corporate

In this course, you will learn the background and history of foundations and corporate sponsorship for organization, as well as current foundation gifting trends.

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