At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for an undergraduate certificate may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the certificate.
Professionals working in fundraising and advancement serve local, national, and international nonprofits and educational institutions of all levels. Increased competition for philanthropic gifts combined with a dearth of trained professionals results in a need for education of those seeking to work in front-line fundraising and in roles that complement those professionals, such as: prospect researcher, donor relations/stewardship officer, or database manager. Students who have raised funds in their schools or communities or that have interned or worked for nonprofits, and adults seeking to transition into the field, will find this program of benefit. Students will learn about key principles of the profession, explore their leadership styles, practice skills required of fundraising and development staff, and come to understand the various types of organizations in which they might work and roles in which they might serve.
By completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- Describe the breadth and scope of the nonprofit sector worldwide.
- Define the role that fundraising and philanthropy plays in enabling nonprofits to achieve their goals.
- Use the language of the fundraising profession and describe its foundational principles.
- Practice ethical and legal behavior in the fundraising profession.
- Distinguish among roles held by fundraising professionals, comparing duties, responsibilities, skills and characteristics required for success.
- Promote communication skill development within the workplace including public speaking, asking for gifts, and preparing and deliver presentations.
- Write in a variety of media and contexts relevant to the fundraising profession.
To earn an undergraduate certificate in Fundraising and Advancement, a minimum of 12 credits is required.
|LA 402||Fundraising Leadership: Building a Strong Base||3|
|LA 404||Careers in Fundraising and Development||3|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Conflict Resolution and Negotiation|
|Principles of Strategic Communications|
and Grant Writing
|Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective|
|Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations|
|Collective Decision Making|
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Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information need to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Sophie W. Penney Ph.D.
Sr. Program Coordinator/Lecturer
204 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802
138 Sparks Building
University Park PA 16802