Online Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate

The environment for arts organizations has been evolving in new ways as shifting demographics, technologies, and political landscapes create new possibilities—and new challenges—for the field.

Several factors, such as reduced government and foundation support, increased competition among nonprofits and the private sector, and general economic uncertainty, have contributed to an environment of financial instability for arts and nonprofit organizations. As the market drives organizations to be self-sustaining and accountable, fundraising has emerged as a strategic institutional need. To help address this need, Boston University’s Metropolitan College is pleased to offer a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management.

Designed and delivered by the expert faculty of Boston University’s Arts Administration program, the online 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 Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the most important challenges and opportunities facing nonprofit organizations.
  • Knowledge of professional practices with regard to fundraising and financial management.
  • Skills to identify funding sources and author professional grant applications.
  • Knowledge of best practices in designing and managing fundraising strategies and capital campaigns.
  • Knowledge of structural and operational similarities and differences between several categories of nonprofit organizations, including health care, faith-based, cultural, and educational organizations.
  • The ability to take a strategic approach to the professional development, networking, and self-marketing necessary to obtain a professional position as a fundraiser.

Certified Fund Raising Executive Badge
The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management is a CFRE Approved Provider for Continuing Education. Full participation in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management is applicable for 147.75 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management?

  • Offered through Metropolitan College’s Arts Administration program, the four-course certificate in Fundraising Management provides a focused approach to raising funds specifically for arts organizations, providing administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills.
  • Appropriate for professionals considering a career change, as well as professionals in the arts, health care, education, and human services fields, BU’s program is offered 100% online with asynchronous learning, delivering Boston University graduate credits and also providing effective preparation for the optional Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification exam.
  • BU’s Metropolitan College has been offering arts administration education since 1993, with programs taught by faculty and practitioners who are actively engaged in the visual and performing arts. The Fundraising Management graduate certificate is ideal for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers and for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their ability to raise funds.

Career Outlook

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

6% increase in jobs through 2032

$125,620 median annual pay in 2022


5% increase in jobs through 2032

$61,190 median annual pay in 2022

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2024

Of the $390.05 billion in charitable gifts in 2016, $18.21 billion went to Arts, Culture, and Humanities.

Overall contributions to all nine major philanthropy subsectors increased for the sixth time in the last four decades, with giving by individuals growing by nearly 4 percent, driving the rise in total gifts.

Giving USA 2017:The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management consists of four required online courses (16 credits). 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.



Amanda Holm

Amanda Holm

Manager of Nonprofit Effectiveness, The Boston Foundation
MBA, Boston University; BA, Harvard University

Michael Ibrahim

Michael Ibrahim, CFRE

Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council(MCC) Cultural Investment Portfolio
MS, Boston University; BA, University of Kentucky

Lew Karabatsos

Lew Karabatsos

Consulting Grant Writer for Nonprofits
MS, Boston University; BA, University of Massachusetts

Mary Doorley Simboski

Mary Doorley Simboski

Board Member, AFP Massachusetts
MA, Regis College; BA, Catholic University of America

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.