Fundraising Certificate

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Online

Students who pursue a graduate certificate in fundraising will learn the science behind fundraising to further their careers. This knowledge will help expand their opportunities, and give them the skills necessary to accomplish new challenges.

This innovative, research- and knowledge-based program is made possible by a partnership between Avila and Hartsook Companies, Inc., experts in fundraising consulting along with Adrian Sargeant, Visiting Professor at Avila University and internationally renowned expert in the field.

The graduate certificate program is 13 credit hours and can be taken completely online with classes starting every eight weeks.

A tuition grant of 33% is available for Hartsook Companies, Inc. clients. Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) members can receive a tuition grant of 25% to help pay for the cost of their degree. Contact us at for more info.

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Fundraising Curriculum

FR 600 Introduction to Fundraising & Donor Behavior (1) 
FR 610 Direct and Interactive Marketing for Fundraising (3) 
FR 620 Fundraising Planning (3) 
FR 635 Major and Planned Giving (3) 
FR 645 Institutional Fundraising (3)

13 credit hours required for the graduate certificate

Course Rotation

Course Rotation

Each semester is divided into two 8-week sessions.
(o) ONLINE  

Fundraising Courses

FR 600  Intro to Fundraising (o) - fall, spring, summer
FR 620  Fundraising Planning (o) - fall
FR 610  Direct & Interactive Marketing (o) - spring
FR 645  Institutional Fundraising (o) - summer
FR 635  Major and Planned Giving (o) - spring

Management Courses

MG 601  Statistics - fall, spring, summer (o)
MG 650  Strategic Communication - fall (o), spring, summer
MG 670  Org Psych & Behavior - spring (o), summer
MG 675  Team Development - fall, spring (o), summer
MG 688  Leadership and Influence - fall, spring (o)  
MG 605  Ethics & Legal Environ - fall (o) in odd year
MG 630  Financial Decisionmaking - spring (o) in odd year        

Career Opportunities

Careers with a Management in Fundraising Degree

Careers with a Management in Fundraising Degree

There are many opportunities in the job market with a Master's in Management in Fundraising. Jobs in this field include:

· Vice President of Advancement
· Director of Planned Giving
· Director of Development
· Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
· Donor Relations Manager
· Director of Major Gifts
· Grant Writer
· Fundraising Director
· Chief Development Officer
· Campaign Manager
· Prospect Research Manager
· Special Events Manager
· Individual Giving Manager
· Director of Annual Giving
· Director of Alumni Relations
· Stewardship Manager

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


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