Introduction to Fundraising

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Course Description

Explore Strategies for Attracting and Engaging Donors

Nonprofit organizations largely rely on fundraising dollars — anywhere between 15-20% of their revenue should come from donations, at a minimum. To secure that level of funding, nonprofits work with a variety of different sources – individuals, corporations, foundations and government, and through a variety of different means. Understanding the funding landscape, and its agility from organization to organization, is key to developing a successful fundraising strategy.

In this course, Introduction to Fundraising, we will provide learners with a comprehensive overview of the nonprofit fundraising landscape. This program will equip students with an understanding of the basic components required for making a compelling fundraising case, while also fostering an understanding that every nonprofit’s approach its own strategy. Upon completion, students will have a robust portfolio of strategies and ideas they can take into their work in the nonprofit fundraising sector.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Course Materials: Text, Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein and Stan Yogi, available at or your local bookstore.

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Course Date Units Price
MGT-X801 – 028 01 Oct 202428 Oct 2024 1 $299

Introduction to Fundraising

01 Oct 202428 Oct 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Sarah Zakaria

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What You Will Learn

  • Be able to explain the culture of philanthropy and the role philanthropy plays in nonprofit organizations
  • Develop a basic nonprofit fundraising strategy
  • Distinguish the relationship between marketing and fundraising
  • Develop strategies for stewardship that will keep donors giving to nonprofit groups


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Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.