Rice University Logo
Rice University Logo
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies


Click on the course title for more information and to register.

Classroom and online offerings at the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership provide the opportunity to learn from industry thought leaders and expert instructors in courses designed to build your skill set and increase your effectiveness. Take advantage of the many courses we offer and gain tools to put into practice at your organization.

To register for a course, you will be required to log in or create a new customer account. Go to glasscock.rice.edu/registrationhelp for details.

Fundraising Operations Courses

This course offers fundraising professionals, executive staff leaders and board members the opportunity to learn practical and actionable best practices in donor relations.
Offered in the spring
This  course will provide operational staff and fundraising leaders an overview of the principles of gift administration.
Offered in the spring
In this course, participants will be introduced to the latest fundraising analytics and tools to build a solid data-driven foundation.
In the capstone course, participants focus on management issues and special topics in fundraising operations. This final step in the certificate program provides the opportunity to tie the different components of the six required courses together while also offering additional content.
Offered in the fall
Start Date: September 28, 2017
In this course, participants will review principles of database management and learn to utilize robust data to support fundraising efforts.
Offered in the spring
This course will cover 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.
Start Date: On-demand section opens on June 1, 2017
Topics covered in this online course include a review of specific techniques to identify prospective donors and research strategies for individuals.
Offered in the spring

Fundraising and Nonprofit Management Courses

The Art of Fundraising: The Fundamentals 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.
Offered in the spring and fall
Start Date: October 2, 2017

Board Chair Essentials Designed for board chair-elects, first-time board chairs and experienced chairs assuming the role at a different organization, this course will help you develop a personal plan to address challenges you will face in your new role.
Start Date: December 5, 2017

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.
Start Date: November 15, 2017

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

Communication for Nonprofits 
In this course, participants will learn how to develop an integrated communication plan for their organization.
Offered in the spring and fall
Start Date: November 28, 2017

Comprehensive Annual Giving  Participants will 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.
Offered in the spring and fall
Start Date: October 19, 2017

Managing a Development Team – New Course
This course will teach 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.
Offered in the spring

Major Gifts & Planned Giving: The Fundamentals 
Designed to impart the fundamentals required for success in major gift and deferred-gift fundraising, this course will cover research and prospect strategies, practical tools for donor cultivation, prospect management and tracking, volunteer involvement and solicitation techniques for major gifts.
Offered in the spring and fall
Start Date: December 1, 2017

Proposal Writing 
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.
Offered in the spring and fall
Start Date: October 17, 2017

Strategic Planning 
In this course, participants will learn how to develop a plan, implement, coordinate with fundraising efforts and evaluate the strategic planning process effectively.
Start Date: October 6, 2017

Volunteer Management Academy Students will 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.
Start Date: October 30, 2017