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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

    Sample Schedule

    Access the draft program schedule.

    Program Requirements

    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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    Faculty Perspective

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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

    William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership

    Harvard Faculty and Guest Speakers



    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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