Graduate Certificate in Fundraising

Nonprofit professionals who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in fundraising may choose to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising. This program provides an overview of the core concepts in fundraising and development, and is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience to advance their careers. This certificate is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Program Highlights
18 credit hours
May be completed online
Credits may be used toward the Master of Nonprofit Management

Program Director
Mary Ann Feldheim
Associate Professor

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising must complete 18 credit hours of courses, including 12 credit hours of core courses, listed below, and six credit hours of electives. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to be awarded the certificate. The program must be completed within three years. For more information, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

PAD 5146: Nonprofit Resource Development

This course examines the human resource development and financial resource development in nonprofit organizations including management issues.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Assistant Professor Suzette Myser

PAD 6142: Nonprofit Organizations

The synthesis of best practices and research literature in nonprofit management.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Associate Lecturer Stephanie Krick and Assistant Professor Hui Li

PAD 6237: Ethics and Governance in Nonprofit Management

Students will learn ethical competence in public service leadership in the nonprofit sector, ethical decision making, and the creation of a culture of ethics.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Associate Professor Mary Ann Feldheim

PAD 6235: Fundraising as a Profession

Topics covered in this course include donor research, the psychology of giving and volunteer involvement.
Offered in spring

Admissions and Advising
Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of fundraising interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 15 while the deadline to apply for spring admission is Dec. 1. For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.