Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate

Now available online or on campus.

Many nonprofit organizations today face challenging financial circumstances. Reduced government and foundation support, increased competition among nonprofits and the private sector, and general economic uncertainty have all played a role in creating an environment of financial instability. As the number of nonprofits grows, and the market drives organizations to be self-sustaining and accountable, fundraising has emerged as a strategic institutional need. To help address this need, Metropolitan College is pleased to offer a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management.

Designed and delivered by the expert faculty of the Arts Administration program, the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management provides administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers and for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their skills in fundraising. The certificate is also appropriate for professionals considering a career change and professionals in the arts, health care, education, and human services fields.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of: 1) the history of philanthropy; 2) the history, function, and structure of the nonprofit sector in the United States; and 3) the short- and long-term revenue challenges and opportunities facing nonprofit organizations.
  • Proficiency in a wide variety of development techniques, including: direct mail, telemarketing, special events management, annual appeals, bequests, managing capital campaigns, major gifts, grant writing and management, and fundraising ethics.
  • Competence sufficient to: 1) obtain an entry to mid-level position in a development office of a well-established nonprofit organization; and 2) create a well-conceived comprehensive development plan for a nonprofit organization.

Certificate students have access to all the resources of the department and the University, including internship and job placement services.

Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

The certificate is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and professional references, and related work experience.

A student may take up to two courses before admission to the Fundraising Certificate, but must apply and be accepted to the program prior to the completion of the second course.

Upon completion of the certificate, interested students may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Arts Administration degree program on the Charles River Campus. If accepted, all successfully completed credits earned toward the certificate may be applied toward degree requirements.

Certificate students studying on campus take classes with students who are in the Master of Science in Arts Administration program. A student may take up to two courses before admission to the Fundraising Certificate, but must apply and be accepted to the program prior to the completion of the second course.


(Four courses/16 credits)

An introductory course that examines ways to raise funds from government, foundation, corporate, and individual sources. The following topics will be addressed through lectures and case analysis: the history of philanthropy, the planning and research process, proposal and grant preparation, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Ibrahim CGS 115 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND Ibrahim ARR

This course is designed to broaden the student?s understanding of capital campaign fundraising. Topics include: feasibility studies; strategic planning and budgeting; private and public phases; ethical responsibilities; staff, donor, volunteer, board, and trustee management; major gift solicitation; campaign communications; trend analysis; and evaluation. The course curriculum will include readings, case studies, guest speakers, and analysis of current capital campaign projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

This course will address the full range of issues related to attracting financial support from individuals. Topics will include: raising dollars annually for operations, raising funds through special events (fundraisers), cultivating and soliciting major gifts, and the basics of bequests and estate planning as well as ethical issues and working effectively with donors and volunteers. Course work will include readings, case studies, and guest speakers.  [ 4 cr. ]

Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the not-for-profit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Orlinoff MUG 205 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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