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Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development–Boston

The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development offers a foundation in the techniques, tools, and skill sets necessary for nonprofit fundraising and development efforts.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

Overview

In today’s nonprofit sector, fundraising and development have seen continual growth and increased career opportunities. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development prepares students for roles or advancement in these increasingly strategic areas and provides students with the expert-level skills, techniques, and practicalities of raising funds. 

In the program, students will produce professional-level work to add to their personal portfolio, utilize current industry tools and have the opportunity to participate in experiential projects. Skills graduates learn in donor research management, grant writing, building effective partnerships, and measuring social impact are increasingly valuable to nonprofit organizations as they are depending on fundraising and grant management to achieve their mission. 

Additionally, the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.

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Unique Features

  • Opportunity to engage in an experiential project with an organization of their choice or another institution suggested by the faculty/XN team 
  • Skills-focused curriculum taught by industry experts 
  • Earn your certificate quickly – the program is 6, 6-week long classes 
  • Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied to Northeastern’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management 
  • Unique specialization in fundraising and development
  • Solid foundation in data analysis and performance management for the nonprofit sector

Career Outlook

Graduates from the Certificate in Fundraising and Development will be prepared to enter into or advance within the following types of professional roles:

  • Development Coordinator
  • Fundraisers
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Senior Gifts Officer
  • Grant/Proposal Writer
  • Manager/Director, Donor Impact
  • Manager/Director, Fund Development
  • Manager/Director, Growth and Strategic Partnerships
  • Major Gifts Associate
  • Manager/Director, Development and Annual Giving
  • Development Officer
  • Institutional Giving Manager

 

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL Score of 79, including a 20 or more on the Writing section)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • State Street
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Dell EMC
    • IBM
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Business Development
    • Sales
    • Operations
    • Finance
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Customer Service
    • Microsoft Office
    • Project Management

 

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Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Stackable Certificate

Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Nonprofit Management.

Did You Know?

Nonprofits account for 12.3 million jobs and 10.2% of private sector employment. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)