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Graduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Fundraising, Graduate Certificate

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The Certificate in Advanced Fundraising is an academic credit-bearing, graduate level program intended for the experienced fundraising professional.  It will offer fundraising executives (with a bachelor’s degree and 5 or more years of supervisory experience) exposure to useful concepts that offer a deeper understanding of the context in which they work and the conditions necessary for a thriving fund development and institutional advancement program.  Topics covered in the Advanced Fundraising and practicum curriculum include aspects of leadership and management, decision making, development of professional and volunteer human resources, program planning and assessment, outcomes evaluation and practical problem solving that will be focused on the specific nature of the profession.  Students will work in seminar format set in an executive type schedule for in-class work.  The initial course and practicum will be offered during summer semester for six intensive full-day weekend sessions with work products assigned in between.  Additional sessions may be added dependent upon class size, interest and convenience.  A report out through student presentation will also be scheduled in addition as part of the final performance requirements for the course.  Students may take two elective courses from a selection of nonprofit offerings provided during the fall and spring semesters.

Career Information

This certificate was developed in response to the needs of the experienced fundraiser with the intention of expanding management skills.  It is intended for executive directors, senior development staff, and vice presidents of advancement and was designed in response to a new market of mid- and senior-level professionals in need of career development.

Admission Information

Admission to the program requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and five years of nonprofit management experience. Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of knowledge and past experience in fundraising, including but not limited to the following areas: leading a fundraising campaign, employment responsibilities, and CEU’s from the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Degree-seeking graduate students who hold regular admission status may be admitted to the certificate program. Alternatively, the applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements as detailed in the Admissions  section of this Catalog. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students may not earn a University graduate certificate without being admitted as a certificate student. Credits earned for the certificate may apply toward a graduate degree, as approved by the student’s graduate program director and in keeping with policies of the College of Graduate Studies.

Submit application materials to Campus 411 All-In-One, Main Classroom, Room 116.

Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/graduate-admissions/how-apply

For further information, contact:

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Office of Student Services
Urban Affairs Building 205
Phone: (216) 687-3884  Fax: (216) 687-5398

Certificate Requirements

The curriculum for the certificate was identified and developed in conjunction with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

The certificate includes the following courses:

  1. The prerequisite course is  
  2. There are (10) credit hours of requirements:
  3. Completion of two elective courses for 5-8 credit hours from the following options:


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