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AFP’s Diploma in Fundraising Program

You're a fundraiser and you know the fundamentals now—but you need to take that next step. Don't just settle for fundraising as your job, make it your CAREER. If you are hungry for that management role or that professional credential, stop putting off your continuing education—REGISTER NOW for AFP's Diploma in Fundraising program (see below for current registration opportunities).

With AFP's Diploma in Fundraising, you will:

  • Learn theories, skills, and best practices that build on your existing knowledge, and help make your fundraising more effective, advance your career, and prepare you to take on leadership roles. If you don't already have your CFRE credential, this course will help you prepare.
  • Create an actual comprehensive fundraising plan to implement at your own organization.
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with fellow students and esteemed course faculty including Professors Adrian Sargeant and Stephen Pidgeon.
  • Earn CFRE education points (24 total points).

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** See below for current registration opportunities. **


Course Details

  • Intensive, 400-hour, 9-month course
  • Blended learning with both online modules and one mandatory 3-day face-to-face session. (Travel arrangements and expenses are responsibility of participants.)
  • Intended for early to mid-career professionals with at least basic understanding of fundraising principles.
  • Upon successful completion, students will receive 24 CFRE education points and a printed certificate signifying successful completion of the course.

Course Modules

  1. Introduction to Fundraising and Donor Behavior
  2. Fundraising Planning and Donor Retention
  3. Direct and Interactive Marketing for Fundraising
  4. Major Gifts and Planned Giving (Legacies)
  5. Institutional Fundraising
  6. Managing Fundraising Teams

Course Handbook and FAQ

Consult the Diploma in Fundraising Program Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions for additional detail, program guidelines and expectations, and more.

Course Instructors

Course Textbook

Sargeant, A. and Shang J. (2010) Fundraising Principles and Practice, Jossey Bass, San Francisco. Available from AFP's online store as well as Amazon and Wiley.

Course Fees

  • AFP Members - US$ 3,499
  • Non-Members - US$ 3,999
  • Payment plans are available. See the registration page for details.

Note: Course fees do not include the course textbook or any travel expenses related to the mandatory 3-day face-to-face session. Arrangements and related expenses are the responsibility of participants.


Course Schedules and Registration

• 2016 Cohort -- Runs August 2016 - May 2017. Cohort is underway and registration is closed.

• 2017 Cohort #1 -- Runs March - December 2017 (click for 2017 Cohort #1 Schedule).

• 2017 Cohort #2 -- Runs August 2017 - May 2018 (click for 2017 Cohort #2 Schedule).


Mandatory face-to-face sessions are held at AFP IHQ's offices located at 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22203, just outside of Washington, DC. Here's a list of nearby hotels.


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Diploma in Fundraising course - inaugural cohort - August 2016

Diploma in Fundraising course -- Inaugural Cohort -- August 2016

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