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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. 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.

Recommended qualifications

There is no application requirement for admission to this program. Two years of college and/or two years experience in the field of development and fundraising is recommended

All Courses Required for Certificate

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2019/2020 Courses




Fall Introduction to Fundraising 09/24/2019 - 12/10/2019



Winter Major and Planned Gifts in Fundraising 01/21/2020 - 03/24/2020
Winter Writing for Development 01/23/2020 - 03/26/2020



Spring Managing the Development Process 04/07/2020 - 06/09/2020
Spring Fundraising Capstone Research Project 04/16/2020 - 06/04/2020

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

Graduates of the UW Tacoma Nonprofit Management Certificate program are eligible for a 10% discount on Fundraising Management courses. 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. 2019 Courses approved. 2020 Courses will be submitted for approval.

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 UW Tacoma PDC showing these hours after quarterly grades are posted.

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Workshop: Better Events, Bigger Returns - Fundraising Events Management Course #: 19STFR002A
Instructor: REBECCA DIETZ, Carole Dole Fee: $299.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
6 Hours / 0.6 CEU's   Tu Th   6/18/2019-6/20/2019 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
NOTE: This course meets on Tuesday, June 18th and Thursday, June 20th ONLY.
Building/Room: UW Tacoma Russell T. Joy Bldg, JOY 105

Elective workshop


Not required as part of Fundraising Management or Nonprofit Management Certificate programs.


Introduction to Fundraising Course #: 19FTFR110A
Instructor: Pamela Leazer Fee: $749.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
33 Hours / 3.3 CEU's   Tu   9/24/2019-12/3/2019 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Fall 2019

Building/Room: UW Tacoma Pinkerton Bldg, PNK 104

Major and Planned Gifts in Fundraising Course #: 20WTFR120A
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   1/21/2020-3/24/2020 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Winter 2020

Building/Room: UW Tacoma Garretson Woodruff & Pratt Bldg, GWP 101


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 Course #: 20WTFR130A
Instructor: Alison Pride Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
25 Hours / 2.5 CEU's   Th   1/23/2020-3/26/2020 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Winter 2020
Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA

Managing the Development Process Course #: 20STFR140A
Instructor: Dean Hanks Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
25 Hours / 2.5 CEU's   Tu   4/7/2020-6/9/2020 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Spring 2020
Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus,

Fundraising Capstone Research Project Course #: 20STFR150A
Instructor: Miriam Barnett, Alison Pride Fee: $549.00
Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
of Week:
  Dates: Times:
20 Hours / 2 CEU's   Th   4/16/2020-6/4/2020 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Contact hours in the program include individual sessions with instructor and dates may adjust..

Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA

Spring 2019

You must be accepted to the Certificate Program to participate in this course. This course is available Spring Term Only.


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