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Philanthropy and Resource Development

Enhance your fundraising skills through the Philanthropy and Resource Development graduate certificate as you learn to cultivate and retain diverse donors, devise new fundraising strategies, and demonstrate impact. Whether launching a crowdsourcing campaign or leading capital fundraising, you’ll learn diverse fundraising approaches that increase impact and carry out your nonprofit’s mission.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate
Tuition

$12,896

6 Course Certificate
Tuition

$19,344

Format
Evening or Online

 
Admission
No GRE or GMAT

 
Duration
As few as 6 months

 
Duration
As few as 12 months

Top-Ranked University

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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Free Application

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Devise strategic development plans to align with the needs of any nonprofit organization

Ensure financial success through structured fundraising tools and techniques

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

Curriculum

Specialized Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy and Resource Development requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.
 
4
Concentration Courses
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

NFP 4100 Philanthropy Principles and Roles
NFP 4105 Applied Fundraising and Donor Relations
NFP 4110 Advanced Fundraising Strategies and Planned Giving
NFP 4115 Leading Nonprofit Financial Health

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

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

 

4
Concentration Courses
 
 
2
Elective Courses
 

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

NFP 4100 Philanthropy Principles and Roles
NFP 4105 Applied Fundraising and Donor Relations
NFP 4110 Advanced Fundraising Strategies and Planned Giving
NFP 4115 Leading Nonprofit Financial Health

Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Nonprofit Leadership program include:

PWRI 4140 Natural Science and Literature
PWRI 4340 Literature to Film
PWRI 4410 Writing and Healing
PWRI 4420 Writing as Translation
PWRI 4500 The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
PWRI 4510 Literary Genres for Writers
PWRI 4520 The Writers Workshop
PWRI 4540 Children's Literature: From Picture Books to Books for Young Adults
PWRI 4560 Writing Books for Children
PWRI 4600 Breaking the Chains of Genre: An Exploration of Hybrid Literature

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.

 

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in Philanthropy and Resource Development.

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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 16% through 2030, 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
Fundraiser

Program Manager
Public Relations Managers
Development Events Manager

 

 

 

 

Fundraiser Salary Salary​: National Average

$55,640

(Glassdoor.com)

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Nonprofit Fundraising During Tumultuous Times

These times are tumultuous, yet nonprofit organizations still need to move forward to make the world a better place. How are we navigating our organizations and fundraising programs through this time of uncertainty? Let’s come together and discuss how we all can survive and even thrive in these times. In this session, seasoned nonprofit professionals who are Nonprofit Leadership faculty, will address the challenges of creating a fundraising strategy in the age of COVID-19 and practical tips to make your fundraising program work in times of crisis.

Flexible Online Classes

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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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Accreditation


Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

 


Nonprofit Academic Centers Council
The Nonprofit Leadership program at DU's University College is a proud member of several leading nonprofit associations, including the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
 

 

 


Colorado Nonprofit Association
The University of Denver's Nonprofit Leadership program through University College is proud to be a sponsor of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, a valued community partnership for more than a decade.

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