Certificate in Fund Development Leadership


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

Fund Development Professionals: Are you seeking to gain a higher level of understanding in nonprofit fundraising? We have the certificate for you!

The Certificate in Fund Development Leadership will provide you with strategic methods for effective fundraising in a nonprofit organization.

Participation benefits both you and your nonprofit: You benefit from the increased level of knowledge and the interactions with other course participants; your organization benefits from an increased level of funding provided through an increased skill level in fundraising.

The Certificate in Fund Development Leadership coursework is designed for those with 3 years or more experience in fundraising. The certificate requires completion of the core courses and all assignments plus at least 21 hours of elective coursework selected from the NLC curriculum posted to our public Training Calendar and conducted here in our Westshore Training Center.

Required core courses:

  • Components of Successful Fund Development  (OR-Develop a Winning Fundraising Strategy)
  • Sustainability Through Annual Giving (OR-Raising MORE money from LESS donors: Secrets to a Better Annual Giving Strategy)
  • Raising Major Gifts (OR Getting to Yes:  Best Practices for Major Gift Fundraising)
  • Making Your Case for Support
  • Involving Board and CEO in Fund Development: Creating the Ultimate Partnership (OR-Approach Fundraising Like a Team Sport)
  • Leadership of a Fund Development Program ( OR-Lead Your Fundraising Program to New Heights)

For class schedules, please visit our current program schedule.

Elective coursework can be from other Nonprofit Leadership Center program areas or other Fund Development Academy offerings, except Fund Development Fundamentals programs, Forums, Conferences, and the Annual Leadership Conference. Custom Training sessions by NLC or privately hosted trainings delivered by the NLC may not be applied to the electives or requirements of this Certificate.

Upon completion of the required coursework, participants should apply for the Certificate in Fund Development Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Center. Each participant has up to two years to complete requirements and apply for the certificate.

Participation in the program helps prepare and qualify participants for CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification. For more information about the CFRE, visit www.cfre.org. The certificate is not equivalent to the designation CFRE, a credential offered by CFRE International. Full participation in this program is applicable for points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Want to learn more and discuss if the Certificate in Fund Development Leadership is right for you? Contact us by e-mail or phone at (813) 287-8779.

Ready to apply for your Certificate in Fund Development Leadership? Click here. You will be prompted to login to your free account to complete the application.

Congratulations to our Certificate in Fund Development Leadership recipients!


C.J. Crooks
RSC, Director of Development
Completed: December 2013


Karenne Levy
Quest, Inc., Vice President - Tampa Region

Completed: April 2014  


Angela Pottinger (right)
Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Development Coordinator

Completed: November 2014

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