Classroom and online offerings at the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership provide the opportunity to learn from industry thought leaders and expert instructors in courses designed to build your skillset and help you enhance your nonprofit career.

Search through a variety of nonprofit career advancement opportunities to see how you can obtain new competencies or earn a certificate.  Areas of study include leadership, fundraising operations, fundraising and nonprofit management. Courses are relevant and valuable to new and established nonprofit professionals. Didn't find what you were looking for? View all of our certificate offerings.

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Art of Fundraising: The Fundamentals

Offered in the fall and spring. This introductory course is designed for those new to the field of professional fundraising and those seeking a comprehensive overview of development as a career.

Board Fundraising

This one-day course is designed for board members to learn about aspects of fundraising responsibilities including cultivation, solicitations, stewardship, evaluating development success, engaging consultants and best practices to oversee a fundraising operation.

Campaign Planning and Management

Offered in the spring. In this course, seasoned fundraising professionals and campaign consultants will discuss the campaign cycle including planning, execution and follow up activity.

Communication for Nonprofits

Offered in the fall and spring sessions. In this course, learn how to develop an integrated communication plan for their organization.

Comprehensive Annual Giving

Offered in the fall and spring sessions. Learn best practices for designing and managing a comprehensive annual giving program and will be introduced to marketing theory, data segmentation, message testing, solicitation vehicles, program evaluation, strategic planning, investments and personal solicitations.

Donor Relations: Maintaining Strong Relationships with Your Donors

Offered in the spring. This online course offers fundraising professionals, executive staff leaders and board members the opportunity to learn practical and actionable best practices in donor relations.

Essentials of Gift Administration

Offered in the spring. This online course provides operational staff and fundraising leaders an overview of the principles of gift administration.

Fundamentals of Constituent Relationship Management

Offered in the spring. This online course covers the core concepts of constituent relationship management and will explain which data elements, performance metrics, analyses, reports and processes are needed to implement this approach.

Fundraising Analytics: Leveraging the Power of Data

In this online course, you are introduced to the latest fundraising analytics and tools to build a solid data-driven foundation.

Fundraising Systems Management, Reporting and Business Intelligence

Offered in the spring. In this online course, review principles of database management and learn to utilize robust data to support fundraising efforts.

Major Gifts

Offered in the fall and spring sessions. This course is designed to impart the fundamentals required for success in major gift fundraising.

Managing a Development Team

Offered in the spring. This course teaches managers of development teams how to think differently in order to adapt to a new role and to succeed in bringing out the best in their staff.

Proposal Writing

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

Prospect Research and Analysis

Offered in the spring. Topics covered in this online course include a review of specific techniques to identify prospective donors and research strategies for individuals.

What Nonprofits Need to Know Before Giving Tuesday

Offered one time only. This online workshop is designed to share practical steps for nonprofits to use when creating a campaign for 'Giving Tuesday' and other year end appeals.

Best Boards

Offered each spring, this one-day conference designed by Rice University helps nonprofit board members and staff work together for more effectively to accomplish organizational goals.  

Board Chair Essentials

Offered in the fall. Designed for board chair-elects, first-time board chairs and experienced chairs assuming the role at a different organization, this course helps you develop a personal plan to address challenges you may face in your new role.

Communication for Nonprofits

Offered in the fall and spring sessions. In this course, learn how to develop an integrated communication plan for their organization.

Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) Certificate Program

The LINE program is a ten-month journey designed to assist nonprofit leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles while building their current skillsets to become effective and successful leaders of nonprofit organizations.

Strategic Planning

Offered in the fall session. In this course, learn how to develop a plan, implement, coordinate with fundraising efforts and evaluate the strategic planning process effectively.

Volunteer Management Academy

Explore the key elements of volunteer administration to prepare an organization to properly utilize volunteers and develop human resources management policies for volunteer programs, including recruitment, training, motivation, retention and evaluation.