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Certificate Program Overview

As organizations compete for donor dollars, they have a great need for fundraising professionals. With the focus increasingly on the individual contributor, fundraisers recognize the growing importance of planned and major gifts, the fundamental relationship between good management, financial and marketing skills, and the ability to develop strong case statements for grant proposals. This Certificate Program in Fundraising Management reflects the changing trends and new directions of the field.

Target Audience

This program is designed for fundraisers, board members and volunteers, who want to upgrade their skills or for those seeking a new career in the development field. Do you like working with people to help them realize how they can help others? The Fundraising program will help you pivot into positions like a Development Officer or a Major Gifts Officer in Advancement (also known as Development or Fundraising) departments.

About the Program

This program was planned in cooperation with the Northwest Development Officers Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Philanthropy Northwest.  Content was designed by an advisory board of UW faculty and development professionals representing major Puget Sound organizations and is taught by instructors with Fundraising Experience. This program presents opportunities to network with other fundraising professionals and make contacts you will value throughout your career.

Earning the Certificate

Unique to UW Tacoma is the ability to start a certificate with any course in the program - whether it starts Fall Term, Winter Term or Spring Term. You have two years from the start of your first course to complete the certificate program. Please apply for the certificate program as you would normally. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, participants earn a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington Tacoma and 13.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Participants must meet the minimum standard of 80% for attendance and completion of coursework. .

Enrolling in Individual Courses

A limited number of spaces may be available to professionals who do not intend to pursue the certificate. You must qualify for admission in the program to be eligible to take individual courses. Please submit your application noting that you are interested in the individual course option. (You must be enrolled in the certificate program to take the Capstone Research Project course.)

Admission Requirements

Participation is open to individuals with at least two years of college or two years experience in the field of development and fundraising.

How to Apply

Click here to submit your application form. (Once you submit your application form you will be automatically redirected to the payment page where you can add the application fee to your cart.)

All Courses Required for Certificate

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2017/2018 Courses




Fall Introduction to Fundraising 9/26/2017 - 12/12/2017



Winter Major and Planned Gifts in Fundraising 1/23/2018 - 3/27/2018
Winter Writing for Development 1/25/2018 - 3/29/2018



Spring Managing the Development Process 4/10/2018 - 6/12/2018
Spring Fundraising Capstone Research Project 4/19/2018 - 6/14/2018

Payment Options

Pay for the Series and Save Register and pay for the entire certificate at one time for a discounted price of $2799.00 (plus admissions fee and registration transaction fee). Books and/or assessment tools are not included. If you have taken a class or two and would like to take advantage of the series pricing, we will credit payments made towards the certificate fee. In order to qualify for the series discount, participants must request transfer/enrollment before enrolling in the second quarter.

Pay as You Go Register and pay for a class or a quarter at a time at the rate of $549 - $799 per class (plus admissions fee and registration fee per transaction). You must apply and meet qualifications for admissions to enroll in an individual class. Books and/or assessment tools are not included.

The university’s tuition exemption policy does not apply to this program. Fees and tuition are subject to change.

Current UW Tacoma Nonprofit Management certificate students and those who have completed the program are eligible for a 15% discount on Fundraising Management open enrollment courses (excluding Capstone) and a waived application fee. For details please contact us at

CFRE International Approved Courses


Completion of the courses below is approved for Continuing Education Points through CFRE International under Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.  Fundraising professionals may enroll in individual classes to upgrade skills and earn recertification points.

Intro to Fundraising  35 points
Major and Planned Gifts 25 points
Writing for Development  25 points
Fundraising Management  25 points
Fundraising Capstone Project 25 points

Complete participation is defined as an individual attending an educational session during each time slot in which such a session is offered. Partial participation in this activity qualifies for 1 CFRE Continuing Educational Point per educational session contact hour; partial hours may be counted in increments of .25 points per 15 minutes.  Students may request a document from KeyBank PDC showing these hours after quarterly grades are posted.

More about CFRE International...



Managing the Development Process Course #: FR140A
Instructor: Dean Hanks Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
25 Hours / 2.5 CEU's   Tu   4/10/2018-6/12/2018 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Building/Room: UW Tacoma Russell T. Joy, JOY 106
Spring 2018 course

Fundraising Capstone Research Project Course #: FR150A
Instructor: Miriam Barnett, Alison Pride Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
25 Hours / 2.5 CEU's   Th   4/19/2018-6/21/2018 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Contact hours in the program include individual sessions with instructor and dates may adjust. Updated information will be posted by February 2018.

Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA

Spring 2018

You must be accepted to the Certificate Program to participate in this course.


Fundraising Management Certificate SERIES Course #: 17FTFR002
Instructor: Pamela Leazer, Multiple-Instructors Certificate Series Fee: $2,799.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
0 Hours / 0 CEU's   Arr   9/26/2017-6/14/2018 Arr
Room may vary by course. Please confirm individual course listing.
Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA

Pay for the Series and Save!

Register and pay here for all five (5) classes in the series at one time.

See course description for more details.


Major and Planned Gifts in Fundraising

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Course #: FR120A
Instructor: Laura Edman, Pamela Leazer Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
25 Hours / 2.5 CEU's   Tu   1/23/2018-3/27/2018 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Winter 2018
Building/Room: UW Tacoma Cherry Parkes, CP 303


Required text:

The Artful Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift, 2004 edition, William T. Sturtevant, Institutions Press, Chicago. Available in paperback online through the Institute for Charitable Giving (ICG) Fundraising Store at

Optional texts:

1) Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift, Jerold Panas, Institutions Press, Chicago.

2) Prospect Research: A Primer for Growing Nonprofits, Cecilia Hogan, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007 edition.

3) Planned Giving Simplified: The Gift, the Giver and the Gift Planner (2nd edition), Robert F. Sharpe, Jr., AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series.


Writing for Development

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Course #: FR130A
Instructor: Miriam Barnett, Alison Pride Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
25 Hours / 2.5 CEU's   Th   1/25/2018-3/29/2018 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Due to weather cancellation - additional class date of April 5th has been added.
Building/Room: UW Tacoma Cherry Parkes, CP 303

Winter 2018 course

Required Books:

"Grantsmanship for the Genius" by Goodwin Deacon and Ken Ristine

"Making the Case" by Jerold Panas

Please note that the UW Bookstore does not stock copies for classes. Purchase if available or through other vendors.


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