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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Courses

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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.

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Fundraising Operations Courses

In this online course, participants will review principles of database management and learn to utilize robust data to support fundraising efforts.
Offered in the Spring Semester Only
 
Essentials of Gift Administration This online course will provide operational staff and fundraising leaders an overview of the principles of gift administration.
Offered in the Spring Semester Only
 
Donor Relations: Maintaining Strong Relationships with Your Donors This online 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 Semester Only
 
Prospect Research and Analysis 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 Semester Only
 
In this online course, participants will be introduced to the last fundraising analytics and tools to build a sold data-driven foundation.
Offered in the Spring Semester Only
 
This online 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.
Offered in the Spring Semester Only

 

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 Fall and Spring Semesters

Board Chair Imperatives 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.
Offered in the Fall Semester Only

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.
Offered in the Fall Semester Only

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 Semester Only

Communication for Nonprofits 
In this course, participants will learn how to develop an integrated communication plan for their organization.
Offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

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 Semester Only

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 Fall and Spring Semesters

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 Fall and Spring Semesters

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.
Offered in the Fall Semester Only

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.