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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.

Current MPA or MCJ students must submit a Certificate Declaration to

Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student, and submit official transcripts and a $50 application fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions.

*Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses,  you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying.  Upcoming course schedules are available here

Gainful Employment Disclosures:

The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development.