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Philanthropic Fundraising

Graduate Certificate

There are more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the US alone, and these organizations need well-prepared leaders and staff to continue making an impact on lives around the globe. The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Fundraising focuses on the latest research on philanthropy, and develops students' knowledge and skills in fundraising.

The certificate introduces the critical issues and values of philanthropic practices and can serve as a stepping-stone to a master's degree in philanthropic studies. It prepares students for such careers as:

  • Gift planning director
  • Fundraising consultant
  • Principal gifts officer 
  • Development director
  • Alumni relations director
  • Major gifts and planned giving director
  • Annual giving director 
Certificate Requirements 

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Fundraising, you must complete 15 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Philanthropic studies core courses (12 credit hours)
  • Philanthropic studies elective course (3 credit hours) 
NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MA in Philanthropic Studies, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. 


PHST-P 521Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector3 Credits
PHST-P 530Institutional Donors3 Credits
PHST-P 530Donor Behavior in Major and Planned Giving3 Credits
PHST-P 558Principles and Practices of Fundraising3 Credits
-Any PHST graduate level elective course3 Credits

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