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Program Overview

The Certificate in Effective Fundraising (CEF) offers a comprehensive and systematic exploration of the key competencies required to be a self-aware, confident, reflective, ethical fundraising professional with a strong sense of professionalism, commitment and passion for the nonprofit sector.

Comprehensive and Systematic Learning Opportunity For:

A professional or volunteer fundraiser seeking greater competence and career advancements

Someone looking to make a career change and wants a comprehensive and systematic way to acquire the competencies needed to be an ethical and effective fundraiser

A graduate of a nonprofit academic program and looking for a pragmatic, experience-based learning opportunity that will help advance in your career

A fundraising professional seeking further education and credits toward your CFRE


CEF builds on the success of Center for Nonprofits’ other Certificates in Nonprofit Leadership & Management, Grant Writing, Volunteer Management, and Marketing and Promotion for Nonprofits, with their combined alumni of 673 individuals.


Participants will receive 80 CFRE Continuing Education Points upon full completion of the program. Full participation in Certificate in Effective Fundraising is applicable for 80 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.



($1250 per semester)*

$2100 for AFP members

($1050 per semester)

*Eligible for AmeriCorps education award funds and Hazlewood Act tuition exemption program


NOW Accepting Applications!

DEADLINE: January 29th, 2021


(online, live & interactive)

February 4, 2021

9:00 – 11:00am

Orientation: Logistics and Expectations

February 18, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Creating an Organizational Culture that Supports Fundraising –
A Culture of Philanthropy

March 4, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Donor Publics and Donor Centric Communications & Use of Social Media and E-Giving

March 26, 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

Risk Management

April 8, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Grants – Corporate and Foundation Perspectives

April 22, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Annual Giving and the Annual Development Process

May 6, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Capital Campaigns

June 3, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Diversity and Donor Motivations

June 17, 2021

9:00am – 3:00pm

Financial Management, Accounting and Financing