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Set Yourself Apart with a Fundraising Leadership Certificate

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Nonprofit organizations increasingly rely on donor support to fund the critical programs and projects that change and save lives. Knowledgeable leaders are needed to develop and implement strategic fundraising plans and tactics that will provide the financial resources needed to enable these nonprofits to fulfill their missions.

With more positions being added and many fundraising professionals retiring, the job market is strong. Whether you are new to the fundraising profession, seeking to move to a next-level position, or already a dean or executive charged with fundraising, you can benefit from Penn State’s online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership.

Why Study Fundraising Leadership at Penn State?

As a student in this program, you will study with faculty possessing deep and broad experience with fundraising and advancement. You’ll be part of a unique program that combines a focused curriculum delivered in a flexible, convenient online format. You will have the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills you need to succeed as a fundraising professional.

Your Course Work

You can complete the required course work for the Fundraising Leadership Certificate in 2–4 semesters, allowing you to apply the knowledge you gain immediately in a philanthropic role. The certificate curriculum consists of three required courses totaling 9 credits and a 1–3 credit Practicum in Fundraising Leadership, coordinated with help from your academic adviser.

Opportunities Available to You with This Certificate

With the knowledge acquired during your pursuit of this certificate, you can be qualified for positions and roles such as:

  • director of development
  • grants and contracts specialist
  • planned giving officer
  • director of alumni giving
  • major gifts officer
  • non-profit executive director
  • capital campaign manager
  • director or volunteer charged with fundraising