Fund Development (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThe Fund Development College Certificate provides the techniques and skills required by not-for-profit managers, employees and volunteers to implement a wide variety of fundraising strategies and campaigns. In this program you will develop the ability to recognize opportunities and communicate with volunteers, donors and the media. Volunteers, including board members and those involved directly in fundraising, will benefit from this program with an enhanced understanding of the many strategies and processes. This certificate also offers an excellent professional development opportunity for fundraising professionals, who are looking to update or refresh their skills.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
Admission RequirementsOntario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduate employment opportunities may include fundraising for non-profit organizations, social welfare agencies, hospitals and heath charities, university and college foundations, international development agencies and community organizations.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Program Related Resources
- Explain the concepts involved in strategically planning, developing, implementing and evaluating a fund raising program
- Identify basic marketing techniques for a fundraising program and outline the process of developing community resources.
- Demonstrate proficiency in fund development writing skills including the distinction between internal and external case statements.
- Identify and discuss the regulatory legislation and ethical practices in philanthropy.
- List and explain the methods used in an Annual Giving Program for a variety of different sized organizations.
- Research a variety of programs and campaign initiatives.
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|OLRN1206||Methods of Fundraising
Description: Issues and processes involved in planning and organizing special events are presented. Students examine the organization, advantages and disadvantages of special events as a fundraising technique including tasks and responsibilities, working with committees, creative development of event concepts, scheduling and budgeting and strategies for maximizing profits from the event. Corporate partnerships and grant seeking, and entrepreneurial and third-party fundraising activities are also examined. Students develop fundraising plans according to the needs and capabilities of the organization they represent, such as finances and human resources. Relationships with the corporate sector and the means to identify their interest in fundraising are explored.
|OLRN1208||Introduction to Fundraising
Description: Students gain an overview of the principles, ethics and practices of professional fundraising and a systemic examination of the thinking and preparation that is required before an organization can engage in successful fundraising. Students examine the evolution of fundraising in North America, the role the voluntary sector plays in today's society and the changing nature of the position of the fundraising professional. They also analyze the needs of an organization and apply fundraising approaches that best suit the organization's needs.
|OLRN1311||Donor Relations in Fundraising
Description: The funding relationship between the charitable sector, corporations and individual donors is integral to fundraising. Students learn the needs and motivations of donors (corporations or individuals) and what sustains long-term partnerships with the non-profit sector. Students learn to identify, analyze and rate potential prospects and prepare a solicitation approach accordingly.
|OLRN1466||Fundraising as a Management Process
Description: Accountability and transparency are key in today's society. Students develop realistic marketing, communication, and financial plans that reflect the budgetary obligations of an organization, learn how to inspire general public interest, and establish trust in the brand of organization they represent. Students learn the importance and role of marketing, public relations, and financial management in the world of fundraising.
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.