Make a difference when you advance your fundraising skills to assist nonprofit organizations in raising vital funds for their missions! The graduate certificate in Fundraising and Development is designed to provide critical fundraising education to those who are currently working or seeking employment in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations across the United States are dependent on educated and skilled fundraisers. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics there are more than 1.5 million registered nonprofit organizations – nearly all dependent on raising contributed income through fundraising efforts. Educational institutions, health, human services, relief agencies, arts and religious organizations are all reliant on donated funds to serve their beneficiaries, therefore, knowledgeable fundraisers are needed to direct these efforts. Competition for fundraising has resulted in a strong job market and created a greater need for skilled and educated fundraisers.
The demand for professional fundraisers is high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that projected job growth in the United States will increase 15 percent between 2016 and 2026 -- 7 percent higher than the average growth rate. Average salaries for those employed in fundraising are significantly higher than those in other positions within nonprofit organizations.
Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGC of your intended program to confirm requirements.
Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.
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