Course in Exponential Fundraising


There is an online brochure for the Course in Exponential Fundraising and an application form.

1. Who should apply to the Course in Exponential Fundraising?
This course is designed for a select group of nonprofit leaders who want to improve their organization’s results and reshape the field of fundraising. CEOs, Executive Directors, Chief Development Officers, Chief Operating Officers, and Chief Marketing Officers — senior leaders who are involved in creating and shaping external partnerships at their organizations — are encouraged to apply. Applicants should come from organizations that have:
• An annual operating revenue of $1 million or more;
• More than 12 months in current position;
• A willingness to share their experience with other nonprofit leaders for the betterment of the sector.

2. How many participants will be enrolled in the course?
The course will be strictly limited to no more than 20 students.

3. How long is the program?
4-day intensive followed by check-ín periods over the course of the year. The next intensive is June 2-6, 2014 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

4. How much does the program cost?
Program Cost: $9,900 (excludes housing).

5. How are admissions decisions made?
The cohort is determined via a competitive admissions process consisting of:
• Completed application
• Written support of the organization’s Board Chair
• Phone interview for all finalist candidates with program director, Jennifer McCrea

Applications are due March 31, 2014.
You will be notified of the admissions within three weeks of application.

6. What are the highlights of the CEF?

The CEF has been designed by a seasoned group of nonprofit professionals and philanthropists and will give participants: 1) a solid foundation in the core principles of fundraising; 2) transformative skills training in building creative, values-based partnerships; 3) mentoring by leading professionals from top foundations, nonprofits and philanthropists; 4) entry into a community that shares a passion for the rewarding world of philanthropy; 5) access to opportunities through the program’s deep network.

7. Who will teach the CEF?

The course is led by veteran fundraiser Jennifer McCrea. She will be joined by a line-up of carefully selected speakers and visiting professionals who will add depth and experience to the curriculum. Participating speakers include the founders and top executives from organizations like: The Foundation Center; Malaria No More;; Acumen Fund; Blue Man Groups’ Blue School; PSI/YouthAids; American Natural History Museum and others. Some of the world’s leading philanthropists will also participate in the program.

8. Where do I go for more information?
Information can also be accessed online:  

Contact the Course in Exponential Fundraising via email:

Course in Exponential Fundraising at The Hauser Institute for Civil Society

79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138