School of Public Affairs

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"The Inasmuch Foundation Directors and Advisory Committee are very enthusiastic about making this grant to the School of Public Affairs at UCCS. We have great confidence in the high quality of this certificate and realize firsthand the importance of high quality, continuous fund development efforts in the nonprofit sector. This is particularly true in difficult economic times and in an ever more competitive marketplace. Highly qualified staff members with solid credentials are the very basis of successful fundraising and ongoing development of key relationships. These individuals will be the focus of this exciting new certificate program at the School of Public Affairs at UCCS."
Barbara Yalich, Inasmuch Foundation Advisory Committee Member

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development is designed to provide present and future fund development professionals with the knowledge and skills for successful fundraising in the nonprofit sector. The certificate covers six major knowledge areas: current and prospective donor research, relationship building, securing the gift, volunteer involvement, grant writing and management, and accountability. Students will receive professional, academic education in fund development theory and practice to support capacity building and sustainability of the sector.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development Brochure

A Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development consists of four required classes. For descriptions of courses, see UCCS Academic Catalog

Required courses include:

  • PAD 5110 Seminar in Nonprofit Management
  • PAD 5150 Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity
  • PAD 5180 Social Entrepreneurship
  • PAD 6115 Grant Writing

Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of B- or better in each course counted toward a certificate.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) students may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the certificate only may apply these courses to the MPA or MCJ degree if admitted. However, only courses taken within six years prior to the semester of graduation may be applied to the degree.

These courses also may be used as electives toward the Master of Public Administration degree or Master of Criminal Justice degree at UCCS School of Public Affairs.

This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

To enroll in the certificate program, all students must:
• submit a one-page School of Public Affairs certificate application and official transcripts to the UCCS Office of Admissions

Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must also:
• submit a brief UCCS application and a $50 processing fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions to be admitted as a non-degree student
• submit official transcripts to the UCCS Office of Admissions

Gainful Employment Disclosures:

The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide the following information about each of our certificates.

Program Costs:
Program costs vary depending on each student's particular situation. For the 2014-2015 year, Colorado residents who complete all coursework on campus pay around $7,000 for their certificate, while on-campus nonresident students pay around $11,000. Distance and/or local students who complete all degree requirements online will pay around $7,665.
Students can estimate specific tuition costs by using the tuition calculator on the Student Financial Services website.

Related Occupations:
Related occupations for each certificate are listed below.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

On-Time Completion & Median Loan Debt:
As this is a newly-approved program, the on-time completion rates and median student loan debt of program graduates are not yet available.