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Certificate in Strategic Fundraising

Our graduate certificate in strategic fundraising is designed for professionals and leaders currently employed in the nonprofit sector and also those who want to enter the field. Developed with the input and guidance of area nonprofit leaders and business professionals, the graduate certificate in fundraising management will emphasize concepts within a nonprofit context including: leadership, strategic and fiscal planning, financial management and operation, fundraising, board governance, and legal standards.

• 15 CREDIT CERTIFICATE - 4 CORE COURSES + 1 ELECTIVE COURSE
• COURSES OFFERED 100% ONLINE
• CLASSES BEGIN EVERY FEBRUARY, JUNE, AND OCTOBER

DID YOU KNOW? STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OR USE THEIR CERTIFICATE COURSEWORK TO CONTINUE AT BAY PATH TO COMPLETE THE MS IN STRATEGIC FUNDRAISING & PHILANTHROPY

Four Required Courses: NMP521, NMP622, NMP623, AND NMP656 
Choose One Elective: NMP531, NMP641, NMP651, OR NMP661 

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
NMP521 Foundations of Philanthropy 3

This course provides an overview of America’s tradition of philanthropy and its relevance for today’s fundraisers. Attention is given to changing expectations for ethical behavior and accountability along with changes in donor markets which impact the practice of philanthropy in the 21st century. This course also examines the theoretical basis and goals of fundraising activities, how to apply the theory to develop a comprehensive development program and a personal fundraising philosophy and framework.

NMP622 Donor Motivation and Behavior 3

This course exposes students to the theoretical framework for giving. Students will learn how to assess the various motivational factors which influence giving to a particular cause. In addition, this course provides students with the opportunity to explore and understand the principles and mechanics of the wide variety of giving options available to donors. Students will learn to facilitate a process that defines donor needs, assesses appropriate giving methods, develops sound proposals, and closes gifts.

NMP623 Resource Development Management 3

As the field of development becomes more complex and demanding, the role of resource management (time, people, and money) takes on increasing importance for the development professional. This course will explore and integrate these issues, and provide resources and tools to build management effectiveness within development. Specifically, students will learn how to apply best practices and sound management principles to the process of securing resources within the nonprofit context.

NMP656 Relationships, Communication and Philanthropy 3

Building long-term relationships with others is one of the most important and powerful concepts behind philanthropy and fund development. Effective organizations depend upon healthy relationships, and so do effective communities. Genuine relationships do not trespass on personal and professional relationships, creating a bank of favors bartered away through self-interested transactions. This course focuses on relationships at both the individual and group level, within and outside of the nonprofit. The course will review theories about human and group interaction, and strategies to build long term, mutually beneficial relationships. Students will learn key communications concepts to support relationship building.