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All Fall 2020 philanthropy & nonprofit courses have been lowered by 20 percent. No discount code needed. Certificate programs not included.


Fundraising is an essential tool for those working in the nonprofit sector. Build the skillset necessary to create a strategy, implement a campaign, motivate and lead your development team and enhance donor relations with Rice University.

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Fund Development Certificate

Nonprofit organizations are asked to do more with less. Increasingly, economic forces and competition for shrinking sources of funds require organizations to adopt professional fundraising practices. The Fund Development certificate program helps you develop a well-rounded understanding of the profession, and it assists current nonprofit professionals learn the fundamentals for successful fundraising.

Campaign Planning and Management

In this course, seasoned fundraising professionals and campaign consultants discuss the process from pre-campaign planning to execution to post-campaign activity.

Comprehensive Annual Giving

Annual giving programs are the foundation of all fundraising plans. They secure unrestricted funds, acquire new donors and maintain donor commitment to the organization. Learn the strategies used to develop an annual development plan.

Creating a Fund Development Plan

In this online course, development professionals and volunteers charged with planning fundraising efforts obtain a guideline for producing a well-designed plan for fundraising.

Major Gifts

This course is designed to impart the fundamentals required for success in major gifts fundraising.

Planned Giving: The Essentials

This class explores the correlation of the economy and fundraising as well as the appropriate avenue for each vehicle used in gift planning.

Proposal Writing

Designed for individuals with limited fundraising experience, this course covers the basic elements of proposal writing and introduces the tools and techniques used in building a successful grant portfolio for organizations.

The Art of Fundraising: The Fundamentals

In this introductory course, gain a foundation in fundraising techniques as well as an overview of development as a career.

The Art of Fundraising: Advanced Principles and Practices

Created for fundraising professionals with three to five years of experience, this course increases your understanding of issues common to those in fundraising leadership.

What Nonprofits Need to Know for Giving Tuesday and End-of-Year Campaigns

This two-day, online workshop shares the crucial steps nonprofit professionals use when creating and managing these campaigns online.