Global Affairs and Fundraising Diploma in Fundraising Practices
The New York Times reported in March 2014 that the overall economy was expanding slowly but that one sector was vibrant: nonprofits, which had been growing at a breakneck pace. From 2001 to 2011, the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent, while the number of for-profit businesses rose by one-half percent, according to figures compiled by the Urban Institute. With the increase in nonprofit organizations, there is an immediate need for fundraisers who have nonprofit experience and expert knowledge of the principles and practices of fundraising. Fundraising jobs are projected to grow nine percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Strong employment growth, driven by the continued need to raise money, results in good job opportunities.
The Diploma in Fundraising Practices provides current fundraisers and those interested in entering the fundraising field a prescriptive program to expand their knowledge of the nonprofit sector and charitable giving. Those interested in a career change may consider working in the nonprofit sector, with an increased understanding of fundraising’s important role in financing charitable organizations.
The Diploma is earned by successfully completing the four required courses, which must be taken within two years.
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You'll Walk Away With
- The ability to design a multiyear strategic fundraising plan and to write a case for support
- Writing skills to produce effective annual appeal letters
- Research knowledge to identify prospective major donors
- Knowledge of the major gift solicitation process
- The ability to identify stewardship activities and to manage databases