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FAQ: Educational opportunities

Resource Center - Foundation

Where can I find information on educational opportunities in fundraising and the nonprofit sector?

AFP is a great place to start for fundraisers at every level of practice:

  • The AFP International Conference on Fundraising is the largest gathering of fundraisers. Approaching its 50th year, the conference has become the premier resource for fundraisers to network, learn, and discover new products and services.  read more

  • AFP also offers First Course in Fundraising for those new to development and Survey Course in Fundraising for those at the five-year level.
  • For senior executives with seven or more years as a professional fundraiser, AFP offers Executive Leadership Institute and Executive Management Institute. For more information, call (800) 666-FUND, Ext. 466.
  • The AFP Audioconference Series offers 90-minute recordings on the AFP Resource Center's most-requested topics. Listen in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Your local AFP chapter is another great place to turn for educational programs, workshops, and seminars. Contact your chapter to see if they offer fundraising courses in collaboration with a college or university. Many chapters maintain their own websites.

Finding Programs by Other Providers (Graduate programs, seminars, workshops, and online courses)

  • Information on graduate programs in nonprofit management is available from Seton Hall University, compiled by the Center for Public Service, (973) 761-9510.
  • Universities offering online courses include Case Western Reserve University, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations (Cleveland), George Mason University, Nonprofit Management Program (Fairfax, Va.), Indiana University Center on Philanthropy (Indianapolis), University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies, and Washington State University, Volunteer Management Certificate Program (Pullman).
  • Ask about courses in nonprofit studies at your local college or university.
  • Other good sources for information on workshops and seminars include these periodicals: Chronicle of Philanthropy, The NonProfit Times, and CASE Currents. Periodical websites also are good places to look.
  • Often, website FAQs are a good source of information for individuals who have no time or resources to invest in formal training.
  • You can take a look at our list of links to  education related websites


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