Course in Exponential Fundraising

A program for nonprofit leaders

Designed for a select group of nonprofit leaders, the one-year Course in Exponential Fundraising reconceptualizes fundraising as something that is not only mission critical, but a vehicle to fundamentally transform organizations and the people who are involved with them. Partnerships are designed from the start to be co-creative and generative – and strategy is built on a growing and continuous resource flow that is designed to break down walls, not create them.

The Course

The course begins with a 4-day intensive at Harvard University exploring the fundamentals of Exponential Fundraising, a collaborative, partnership-based approach to fundraising and philanthropy. Subsequent in –person and web-based meetings will be held throughout the course of the year.

CEF Director, Jennifer McCrea, is joined throughout the course by a variety of Harvard faculty members and philanthropic leaders. Those who have joined the course include:

  • Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, on the Art of Public Narrative
  • James P. Honan, Senior Lecturer of Education, on Impact, Measurement and Effectiveness
  • Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, on Nonprofit Branding and Marketing
  • Christine W. Letts, Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, and Jim Bildner, Sr. Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, on Lessons from New Philanthropists
  • Author and sector thought-leader Daniel Pallotta on Building Your Fundraising Forces
  • Philanthropist Jeffrey Walker on Board Leadership

and others.

At the conclusion of the 4-day intensive, participants will develop a customized "road map," outlining their one-year plans to be implemented at their own organizations. Office hours will be held regularly throughout the duration of the course.

Past Participants

Charles Best CEO, Donorschoose.org

"It's not just a set of tactics or strategies. It's a philosophy that finds a different meaning and purpose in fundraising."

:: Charles Best CEO, Donorschoose.org

To learn more about the course, and see if you’re eligible, view the course brochure here.