Fundraising and Resource Development Become a professional fundraiser! Study anywhere in the world with 100% online courses. One-year program includes an internship.

General information

Program code
FUND
Duration
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Internship
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time - Online

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie

Program description

Discover a dynamic, challenging career where you can make a difference in the lives of others by raising money for important causes. In this comprehensive program, students learn to design integrated fundraising programs, run special events, research and secure grants, and develop relationships with major donors. Students also examine critical skills that support the fundraising process, including prospect research, volunteer management strategies, budgeting and financial management, marketing, donor engagement, group dynamics and team building, and use of technology for fundraising. During their academic studies, students gain skills through case studies and projects, followed by valuable real life experience participating in an internship in a fundraising environment in areas such as social services, the arts, the environment, health care, education, sports, recreation, and religion.

Why study Fundraising and Resource Development at Georgian?

One year can change your life
This comprehensive one-year graduate certificate program offers two academic semesters of six online courses each, followed by an eight-week, full-time internship in a non-profit setting. Graduates of this program have secured rewarding positions in hospitals, schools, foundations, consulting firms, community service organizations and national charities.

Experienced faculty
Courses are taught by professionals who are respected in the field and who provide personalized instruction that fits into your busy life.

Career advancement
Employers are looking for individuals who have demonstrated an educational commitment. Our graduates report they advance quickly.

Professionalism
As you master each area within the program, you will be able to approach your job with increased confidence and a sense of purpose.

Program flexibility
The courses are delivered online, allowing you to retain your current job and study how, when and where you wish. Continue at your own pace to complete the graduate certificate.

Transfer credits for MBA program
Graduates of Georgian's Fundraising and Resource Development program may be eligible to receive credits for up to 60 out of 180 credits in several of Edith Cowan University's Master's programs in Australia.

Work toward your CFRE certification
Georgian College is an approved provider of CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) education. Full participation in Georgian's Fundraising and Resource Development courses counts toward your application for initial certification or recertification, with up to 15 points in Category 1.B Education.

CFRE 2017 Approved provider for continuing education

Career opportunities

Canada has one of the largest non-profit sectors in the world, and professionally trained fundraisers are in demand. Graduates may become "generalists" within small organizations, or "specialists" in larger organizations or with consulting groups. Employment opportunities may include private, public and government agencies such as hospitals, schools, community service organizations and management consulting firms.

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • post-secondary diploma or degree or CFRE designation (Certified Fundraising Executive) or equivalent.

Preference will be given to applicants who hold diplomas or degrees with emphasis in social sciences, humanities, education, business or marketing. Strong communications skills are required. Proficiency in word processing and computer skills are recommended.

Applicants lacking a college diploma, university degree, or equivalent may be considered based on CFRE designation (Certified Fund Raising Executive) OR a combination of post secondary education and related work experience (minimum three years full-time paid experience working in a non-profit environment) and demonstrated achievement of post-secondary level competencies.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resume and a statement of intent. Academic and experiential learning of all applicants will be assessed.

Selection Process

  • post-secondary diploma or degree or CFRE designation (Certified Fundraising Executive) or equivalent.

Preference will be given to applicants who hold diplomas or degrees with emphasis in social sciences, humanities, education, business or marketing. Strong communications skills are required. Proficiency in word processing and computer skills are recommended.

Applicants lacking a college diploma, university degree, or equivalent may be considered based on CFRE designation (Certified Fund Raising Executive) OR a combination of post secondary education and related work experience (minimum three years full-time paid experience working in a non-profit environment) and demonstrated achievement of post-secondary level competencies.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resume and a statement of intent. Academic and experiential learning of all applicants will be assessed.

Admission details

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • FUND 1003 - Annual Giving: Principles and Process (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1005 - Grant and Proposal Writing (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1014 - Technology for Fundraising (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1015 - Philanthropy in Society (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1016 - Planning for Fundraising (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1017 - Donor Relations and Stewardship (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1006 - Professional Practice in Fundraising (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1008 - Volunteer Management (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1009 - Marketing and Public Relations in Fundraising (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1010 - Prospect Research (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FUND 1018 - Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 2 / 42 hours)

  • FUND 1020 - Fundraising Internship (Semester 3)
  • Program options may include: (Semester 3)
  • FUND 1011 - Planned Giving (Semester 3)
  • FUND 1019 - Special Events Fundraising (Semester 3)