Philanthropy and Resource Development

Develop and expand your fundraising knowledge and skills in the Philanthropy and Resource Development certificate as you learn to leverage philanthropic and fundraising trends. Whether launching a Kickstarter campaign or pursuing a legacy gift, you'll learn how to cultivate donors and manage relations, and craft effective fundraising activities. Gain insight into how to scale and plan initiatives that develop the resources to carry out your nonprofit's mission.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
6 Course Certificate
As few as 12 months
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Skills You'll Learn

Create strategic development plans that match the mission and needs of any nonprofit

Use structured fundraising tools and techniques to ensure financial success

Lead and manage effective donor relations with confidence across a range of cultures and contexts


Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy and Resource Development requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses)

Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Nonprofit Leadership program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Please note the advanced graduate certificate in Philanthropy and Resource Development does not yet qualify for federal financial aid. For more information, please contact Sarita Field, Enrollment Manager, at Sarita.field@du.edu or at 303-871-7457.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/nfp.html

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program. Note this sample schedule is for the six-course Certificate of Advanced Study.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 3 3 0 0

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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Philanthropy and Resource Development

A report done by the Philanthropy Outlook projects charity giving will grow 3.8% over the next year. This increase of funds will help community service agencies to create new positions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fundraisers is expected to grow 15% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Technological innovations such as social media have expanded the donor-nonprofit relationship which provides opportunities and challenges for nonprofits.

Job Titles

Development Officer
Director of Development
Program Manager
Public Relations Managers
Development Events Manager

Fundraiser Salary Salary: National Average

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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