Comprehensive Fund Development Certificate

The Comprehensive Fund Development Certificate program is useful for individuals and organizations as they pursue growth in fundraising knowledge and skills.

The Comprehensive Fund Development Certificate program is useful for fundraising professionals to develop a well-rounded understanding of the profession, and it will help other nonprofit professionals and volunteers learn the fundamentals for successful fundraising.

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  • Current professional fundraisers within nonprofit organizations
  • Current program staff members

Why Apply?

  • Earn the Comprehensive Fund Development Certificate in one year
  • Build a customized program to meet your individual needs by selecting your own fundraising courses
  • Work with an AFP master instructor to learn the elements necessary for a successful fund development plan
  • Develop a fund development plan for your organization
  • Expand your professional network by working with an assigned mentor on the fund development plan

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Program Completion Requirements

The certificate program consists of four fundraising courses and a capstone course. These courses and capstone will provide you with a broad understanding of the fundraising role as well as implementation of best practices within your organization. The four (4) fundraising courses must be taken prior to applying for the capstone. The capstone course is offered in the spring semester each year.

Fees and Refund Policy

  • Individual Course Pricing: $225 - $400 (discounts available for AFP members)
  • Capstone Course Pricing: $900 (discounts available for AFP members)

Alternative Payment Options

Payment plan options are available for the capstone course by request. Payment plans will not be granted after the start of the program. Contact the program coordinator for the required forms needed to request this option by emailing cpnl@rice.edu.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued on or after the start date of the program. Fees will be refunded in-full when enrollments are canceled in writing ten (10) business days before the program start date. For enrollment cancellations submitted in writing less than two weeks before the program start date, a 20 percent processing fee will be deducted from the overall refund.

Capstone Application Process

Once you have successfully completed four Comprehensive Fund Development-approved courses offered by the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, participants may apply for the capstone.

The capstone course includes a total of eight (8) hours of additional content presented through three online class sessions and a final class session that provides the opportunity for you to present your fund development plan to the lead instructor, fellow cohort participants and your mentor. The fund development plan is an individual project that requires you to submit a written document along with the presentation.

Participants have five years from the time they complete the first course to finish all four classes and apply for the capstone course.

Application Process

To begin the application process, submit the following completed forms: the program application form, résumé or curriculum vitae and essay question responses.

Please note that you can fill out the application form on your computer, then print it out and submit it to our office with the items listed in the application.

Mail completed applications to:

Rice University
Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
PO Box 1892 - MS 550
Houston, TX 77251-1892

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Submit via Email to: cpnl@rice.edu

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact our program coordinator at 713-348-6009 or via email at cpnl@rice.edu for further assistance.

The Comprehensive Fund Development certificate program consists of four fundraising courses and a capstone course. These courses and capstone provide participants with a broad understanding of the fundraising role as well as implementation of best practices within their nonprofit organization.

The four fundraising courses must be taken prior to applying for the capstone. The capstone course is offered in the spring session each year.

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The certificate program consists of four fundraising courses and a capstone course. These courses and capstone will provide you with a broad understanding of the fundraising role as well as implementation of best practices within your organization.

The four (4) fundraising courses must be taken prior to applying for the capstone. The capstone course is offered in the spring semester each year.

Course Requirements

Participants must complete four of the courses listed below before applying for the Comprehensive Fund Development capstone:

In the Comprehensive Fund Development capstone course, participants focus on management issues and special topics in fundraising operations. This final step in the certificate program provides the opportunity to tie the components of the four required courses together while also offering additional content.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the role of fundraising operations within a nonprofit
  • Understand how an effective fundraising operations team works
  • Gain practical experience by completing the practicum project

The capstone course includes a total of eight (8) hours of additional content presented through three online class sessions and a final class session that provides the opportunity for you to present your fund development plan to the lead instructor, fellow cohort participants and your mentor. The fund development plan is an individual project that requires you to submit a written document along with the presentation.

As part of the capstone, participants work with an assigned mentor to design and complete their practicum project that may directly benefit their nonprofit organization.

2017 Comprehensive Fund Development Capstone Schedule

Session 1: Course Kick-Off

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST

(Includes a (1) hour break from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST)

Session 2

Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST

Session 3

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST

Session 4: Presentations

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to *12:00 p.m. CST

*Session end time may be extended depending on enrollment

This schedule is subject to change

There are no upcoming information sessions at this time.