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    We are still accepting applications for this session. Please contact the program director for additional information.

    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Nonprofit Leadership and Public Leadership concentrations. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

Do you need to take your fundraising to the next level? Strategic Fundraising for Nonprofit Leaders is an intensive one-week program that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the art and science of fundraising. Led by Harvard Professor Arthur Brooks and supported by leading experts in the field, you will be immersed in the latest research and best practices in nonprofit fundraising. Together with a global network of peers, you will gain skills that can be immediately applied to your organizational and professional goals.

illustration of scheduleProgram Curriculum

The program curriculum relies heavily on active experiential learning and is grounded in real-world situations fundraisers face today. Participants will be immersed in lively, interactive sessions, small-group discussions, group work, lecture, and opportunities to practice and hone new skills. Self-paced readings and multimedia assignments will be required prior to live, online sessions.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a historical perspective of nonprofit fundraising and charitable giving patterns in the U.S. and globally including legal structures
  • Understand the psychology and science behind why people give
  • Strengthen donor acquisition and retention skills
  • Examine fundraising methods for annual funds, capital funds, direct mail, and other types of fundraising
  • Form effective strategies for corporate and foundation fundraising
  • Explore digital fundraising methods such as crowdfunding, use of social media platforms, and others

Application Information

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This immersive online program has an estimated time commitment of approximately 20 hours of live sessions and approximately 15 hours of peer and self-paced work. 

What Participants are Saying

“Professor Brooks is a masterful teacher. He is engaging, responsive, and able to not only impart the information, but also to guide us students to uncover the key...to our work.”

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Arthur Brooks discusses Strategic Fundraising for Nonprofit Leaders and why he designed this program

Faculty & Research

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Arthur Brooks

Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership

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Lawrence Bacow

Professor of Public Policy

Una Osili

Una Osili

Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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Dan Pallotta

Founder and President of the Charity Defense Council

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