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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising

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Lead Fundraising Efforts to Help Sustain and Grow Nonprofit Organizations

Elevate the missions of nonprofit organizations and your career with the business-management and relationship-building skills needed to successfully raise funds. With expertise in public relations, strategy development, and communications, you can identify the financial needs of nonprofit organizations and facilitate solutions for gaining much-needed funding. Other possibilities might include the following:

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Promoting awareness of nonprofit organizations’ missions.

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Implementing event and campaign strategies.

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Using technology to facilitate financial growth and goal-keeping.

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Developing and maintaining donor relationships.

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What will I learn in this certificate program?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising is designed for modern learners like you, who want to lead efforts in fundraising -- by obtaining private, corporate, and government funding -- for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Become an invaluable asset to any educational and religious, research and healthcare, or social services nonprofit looking to increase growth and move forward with their mission. You may also find opportunities in government and political positions.

Courses teach skills that employers say they need from qualified fundraising professionals, including…

  • Foundations of business management.
  • Using software to track fundraising efforts and financial goals.
  • Public relations and marketing skills.

The transcribable, nationally recognized certificate serves as a “stackable credential,” which emphasizes your expertise in Fundraising. Continue working toward a full degree, or highlight the certificate as a way to attest to your investment in your future.

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Courses in this Certificate

This 18 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of six three-credit courses:

  • SOC460 Community Development
    This course examines the various facets of community resource development and management. Emphasis is on planning and management strategies to guide organizations in community development projects, programs, and efforts. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • MKG380 Social Media Marketing
  • COM312 Public Relations Techniques
    This course introduces the basic principles associated with writing in a variety of styles and to multiple publics. Students learn how to construct specialized written documents such as backgrounders, biographies, pitch letters, and news releases. Students will also learn the features of effective design and what design options exist. Students will engage in a service project.
  • COM321 Campaign and Event Planning
    This course introduces the systematic process of researching, planning, conducting, and evaluating the major elements of both campaigns and events. The course focuses on establishing campaign and event goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics. Students will also analyze public relations campaigns locally, nationally, and internationally. This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • HSM300 Introduction to Human Services
    This course provides students with an overview of the human services field including theoretical models for delivery and the roles and responsibilities of human services workers. Students will explore human services occupations, professional organizations, and community resources as well as ethical and legal issues.
  • PMG370 Fundraising and Grant Writing
    This course provides a broad overview of theoretical and practical application of nonprofit management. Students will learn about the role and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization fundraising marketing and communication plan. An overview of fundraising will include; the importance of an analysis of the essential elements of fundraising: major gift solicitation, the annual campaign, planned giving, understanding alternative fundraising solutions, social enterprises, the use of new technologies for fundraising; individual donor tracking, institutional donors, charitable trusts and foundations and corporate philanthropy. Additionally, students will develop essential research skills, fundraising resources, professional associations and conferences, and examining and measuring the social impact and ethical aspects of fundraising.


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your certificate comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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Best Value Schools ranks CSU Global third in their Best Colleges in Colorado lineup.

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In the OnlineU Most Affordable Online Colleges - Military-Friendly ranking, CSU Global earns #8 for being both affordable and supporting military students and their families.

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Undergraduate Certificate

In today’s evolving and unpredictable economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while also building credits toward a full degree. With an undergraduate certificate from CSU Global, you prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted, switch industries, or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time. Now is the time to get the career respect you deserve by increasing your market competitiveness.

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Learn Valuable Skills

As a student earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Fundraising, you get access to an experiential learning approach -- from using fundraising software to facilitate financial growth and goalkeeping to building public relations and campaign strategies. Specific learning outcomes include the following:

  • Enhance and develop business management, time-management, public relations, and relationship-building skills.
  • Develop essential skills for a well-rounded approach to raising funds that benefits diverse organization types.
  • Learn how nonprofits increase awareness to develop donor relationships and generate necessary funding.

Finish Faster and For Less with Alternative Credit Options

Credit by Exam

You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned.

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Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

CSU Global will help you prepare to earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

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CSU Global Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Earn credit for what you have already learned in your career or other educational experience.

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