Fundraising Certificate

What does it take to bring your organization’s fundraising efforts to the next level? How can you ensure that you have the resources necessary to ensure the provision of your programs and services for years to come?

The CNM Fundraising Certificate has been revamped to address current needs in our nonprofit sector. It will be presented in three parts, giving time for each participant to truly explore the elements of fundraising in depth. Through a cohort model, participants will build a connected community with a culture of learning and feedback. Lead by Michelle Conn, Director of Major Gifts and Foundations at International Justice Mission, participants will learn best practices in the field, and walk away with a fundraising plan ready for implementation.

See below for the list of core and elective workshops to choose from. For the core courses, there is a Winter Cohort, and a Summer Cohort. The Fundraising elective classes are typically offered once a year.


Required: Three core workshops and three electives

Core workshops (cohort style; must be taken in order):

  • Fundraising: Part 1
  • Fundraising: Part 2
  • Fundraising: Part 3

Cost: $490 for members; $690 for non-members. Electives are priced separately.

Registration for the 2019 cohorts is now closed. Check back for cohorts beginning in 2020. 


Elective workshops (choose three):

  • Are you Ready for a Capital Campaign?
  • Conducting a Capital Campaign
  • Intensive Grant Writing- Part 1 and Day 2
  • Grant Management
  • Advanced Grant Writing
  • Exploring Federal Grants (Introduction)
  • Writing Federal Grants (Advanced)
  • Donor Database Management
  • Telling Your Organization's Story: How to Speak with Confidence and Credibility
  • The Art of Event Planning
  • Empowering Your Board Through Fundraising
  • Introduction to Campaign Marketing for The Big Payback
  • Develop Your Campaign Content For The Big Payback
  • How to Implement The Big Payback Marketing
  • Leaders Tell Stories ... What's Yours?

Please note: Electives must be purchased separately from core classes. 



Hear what our members are saying about the first cohort of the 2019 Fundraising Certificate:



FAQs for the CNM Fundraising Certificate

The requirements for each certificate are different. See below for details about the Fundraising Certificate.


How do I sign up for this certificate?

To sign up, register for the Certificate: CNM Fundraising Workshop, which includes the three core classes (part 1, part 2, and part 3). This enrolls you in the certificate; however, the certificate is not completed until you sign up for three additional elective courses.


Does signing up here register me for all 6 certificate courses?

No. Signing up here automatically enrolls you for the 3 core classes and into the certificate program. However, you must select your own two electives from the CNM Workshop Calendar and enroll individually.


Can I just take the Fundraising core 3 courses, and NOT sign up for the entire certificate (i.e. not finish the other three elective courses)?

At this point you will be enrolled in the Fundraising Certificate; however, it is your choice to finish the certificate and take the other electives. Participants are disenrolled from a certificate if it is not completed within two years of the first certificate class taken.


Can I take my elective courses before I finish my three core courses?

Yes. You can take the electives at any time. However, we do recommend starting with the foundational core classes.


Can I just take one of the core classes? I only want to attend Fundraising Part 1.

No. All core classes must be taken together. You cannot just take one or two of the core classes.


I took one of the courses in the certificate last year. Does it count for the certificate this year?

No. To complete this Fundraising certificate, all participants can only apply classes in 2019. Please look at our new offerings for the 2019 calendar.


Is there any financial assistance available to offset the cost of the certificate?

Members from eligible organizations may apply MatchGrant funds to help offset the cost of the certificate program. MatchGrant funds are available to organizations with a budget of $2 million or less until the collective fund is fully utilized. For more information about MatchGrant eligibility, click here.



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