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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

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:
P AD 5110 Seminar in Nonprofit Management
P AD 5150 Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity

P AD 5180 Social Entrepreneurship
P AD 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.

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

Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must also:
•submit a brief application and a $25 processing fee to the UCCS admissions office to be admitted as a nondegree student 
•submit official transcripts to the School of Public Affairs

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. Click the links below to view occupational profiles.

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.