The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development offers a foundation in the techniques, tools, and skill sets necessary for nonprofit fundraising and development efforts.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
In today’s nonprofit sector, fundraising and development have seen continual growth and increased career opportunities. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development prepares students for roles or advancement in these increasingly strategic areas and provides students with the expert-level skills, techniques, and practicalities of raising funds.
In the program, students will produce professional-level work to add to their personal portfolio, utilize current industry tools, and have the opportunity to participate in experiential projects. Skills graduates learn in donor research management, grant writing, building effective partnerships, and measuring social impact are increasingly valuable to nonprofit organizations as they are depending on fundraising and grant management to achieve their mission.
Additionally, the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.
Opportunity to engage in an experiential project with an organization of your choice or another institution suggested by the faculty/XN team
Skills-focused curriculum taught by industry experts
Earn your certificate quickly – the program is six 6-week-long classes
Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied to Northeastern’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management
Unique specialization in fundraising and development
Solid foundation in data analysis and performance management for the nonprofit sector
Graduates from the Certificate in Fundraising and Development will be prepared to enter into or advance within the following types of professional roles:
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
Senior Gifts Officer
Manager/Director, Donor Impact
Manager/Director, Fund Development
Manager/Director, Growth and Strategic Partnerships
Major Gifts Associate
Manager/Director, Development and Annual Giving
Institutional Giving Manager
"I was able to secure a grant for my organization by using experience from the grant writing course."
Raymond Heath, CPS‘20
"In order to thrive, today's nonprofit organization needs leaders who are collaborative and think innovatively. Northeastern's program empowers students to leverage networks to become the industry's strong leaders."
Lori Ashline, Faculty
"After multiple conversations with nonprofit professionals, we decided to take the CPS Nonprofit Management program to the next level of connection with the current trends in this sector. We developed new courses aimed to empower our NPM students with the right skills required by the increasing role of fundraising activities, grant writing, and data analytics skills for nonprofit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to learn the methods for identifying new donors, develop strategic thinking, and learn best practices on donor engagement toward repeat and increased gifts."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
Official undergraduate transcripts
Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL score of 79, including a 20 or more on the writing section)
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, and for this program they include:
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually or on the ground once a week with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over six weeks.
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