Certificate in Fund Development Fundamentals

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For information on individual program offerings please visit our current program schedule.


Fundraising is one of the most important things your nonprofit organization does. Effective fund development gives you the resources to fulfill your mission and do more good. It isn't just a department; everyone in the organization – EVERYONE – has a responsibility and opportunity to make a positive impact by understanding fund development and its importance.

The Certificate in Fund Development Fundamentals is earned by completing "Fundraising 101: Fund Development Fundamentals" and will provide you with the basic skills and understanding of fund development. These skills will help you, no matter your position in the organization, make a larger impact.

In Fundraising 101: Fund Development Fundamentals you will learn:

  • How to identify organizational needs
  • The importance of a fund development plan and how to write one
  • To develop a case for support and how to best utilize it
  • How to engage all organization staff, board, and donors in reaching the goals
  • The importance of stewardship and best practices in donor relations

The Certificate in Fund Development Fundamentals is designed for those who are not experienced in fundraising but have responsibility or share responsibility for the fund development efforts of their organizations and would benefit from enhanced knowledge of solid fund development practices, procedures, and tools.

Completing Fundraising 101: Fund Development Fundamentals is all that is required to earn this certificate.

For eligibility of a specific program view the CFRE Eligible page of our website.