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Imagine a job where you live out your passion and participate in creating meaningful, positive change. Humber’s Fundraising Management graduate certificate program prepares you for that career and is the only full-time, in-class program of its kind in Ontario. At the end of one exciting year of practical learning, you emerge prepared to make an immediate, dynamic, positive contribution to our world.

You will study with professors that are among Toronto’s most accomplished, award-winning, non-profit leaders. They will inspire, share insights from years of fundraising campaign experience and challenge you to do your best.

Your dynamic course of study is designed to give you practical, hands-on experience in all of the methods that nonprofit organizations use to create and maintain relationships with their communities of support. You will learn to manage diverse groups of donors, volunteers and staff, all toward a goal of enabling non-profit organizations to achieve their missions.

All courses feature regular appearances by industry leaders. As well, you will be working directly with charities on a number of class assignments, and you will attend two professional conferences as part of your curriculum.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Demonstrate personal competencies in relationship to ethics, legal issues, and leadership in fundraising.
• Conceptualize and plan fundraising project and programs (e.g., major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, corporate giving and capital campaigns).
• Prepare proposals and administer grants.
• Develop and implement marketing and direct marketing strategies and activities.
• Conduct the research and analysis associated with the management of lists, promotions and donors.
• Evaluate the environmental forces that impact Canadian business and non-profit and charitable organizations, and explain the organization and roles of the various departments found within fundraising organizations.
• Apply writing skills for fundraising proposals, annual reports, promotion, marketing, public relations, direct mail and event marketing.
• Manage human resource and volunteer resources including planning, recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, supervising, evaluating volunteers.
• Manage fundraising projects including the development of implementation plans, the monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects.
• Demonstrate personal relationship building and presentation skills for fundraising including presenting fundraising programs as well as approaching prospects and closing pledges.
• Manage computer databases in order to input, compile, analyze and report data and isolate new markets and fundraising opportunities.
• Analyze fundraising issues and events, implement a problem-solving process and present solutions.
• Contact fundraising employers and identify work opportunities in the field.


Semester 1
• FUND 5000: Ethical and Legal Issues
• FUND 5001: Fundraising Trends, Research and Advocacy
• FUND 5002: Basic Fundraising Events
• FUND 5003: Fundraising Communications
• FUND 5004: Computer Skills for Fundraising
• FUND 5005: e-Philanthropy and Social Media: Fundraising
• FUND 5006: Team Management for Fundraisers
• FUND 5007: Financial Management for Fundraisers

Semester 2
• FUND 5550: Annual Giving and Capital Campaigns
• FUND 5551: Career Development
• FUND 5552: Major Gifts
• FUND 5553: Advanced Fundraising Events
• FUND 5554: Donor Databases
• FUND 5555: Prospect Research and Stewardship Management
• FUND 5556: Direct Marketing and Merchandising
• FUND 5557: Grant Writing for Charities and Non-Profit Groups

Semester 3
• FUND 5566: Volunteer and Staff Relationships for Fundraising
• FUND 5567: Operating a Development Office
• FUND 5568: Planned Giving and Endowments
• WORK 5010: Fundraising Field Placement

Work Placement

The work placement, which concludes your course of study, takes place in the summer during the program’s final eight weeks. Placements are usually with charities and non-profit groups although it is also allowable to do your work placement with consulting firms, corporate donation offices, foundations or government granting agencies.

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