Master's Concentration

Philanthropic Leadership

Strengthen and enhance an organization’s reputation, donor support, and performance through informed and effective philanthropic leadership practice. In this program geared for current or aspiring leaders, you’ll learn strategies for fundraising and budget planning, donor cultivation, and relationship management. Explore how to create and maintain philanthropic organizational excellence while developing your prowess as a leader.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 7
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$32,928
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Plan budgets and create financial statements that impact the organization


Gain and maintain donor support


Implement fundraising strategies

Curriculum

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Philanthropic Leadership requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

5
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
3
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Organizational 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.

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.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 1 2 1 2
Year 2 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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Take a Course Before You Apply


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 Philanthropic Leadership


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 Director
Director of Philanthropy
Donation Specialist
Endowment Officer
Fundraising Director
Grant Writer
Non-Profit Director
Philanthropy Officer

Fundraiser Salary: National Average

$49,995
(Glassdoor)

Get Ahead with Career Services


One-on-one career coaching and mock interviews


Job database dedicated to DU students and alumni


Résumé and cover letter guidance

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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.

Advisory Board

Our programs our developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.

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Jennifer Darling
Vice President of Philanthropy, The Children's Hospital Foundation
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Bonnie Downing
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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Erik Estrada
Attorney, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
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David Frostman
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Stellar Solutions, Inc. (Retired) Major General in Air Force Reserve
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John Genell
Development Executive, Grant Thornton LLP
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Heather Rule Grady
Business Development Manager, Rossetti Associates
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Karen Main
City of Englewood, Chief Innovations Officer for Innovations in Training
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Kevin Raines
Principal, Corona Insights
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Molly Smith
Instructional Support Specialist, University of Denver, University College

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Accreditation

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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.

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