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PhilanthropyU Fundraising Strategies

Course Schedule

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Course Details

  1. Length

    5 weeks
  2. Effort

    1-2 hours a week
  3. Certificate

  4. Language



Dr. Thomas Wolf's career in philanthropy spans over four decades. He has been both a fundraiser, a donor and a grantmaker, giving him unique perspectives on multiple elements of philanthropic relationships. He is currently a principal of WolfBrown, an international consulting firm that he helped establish. Wolf holds a doctorate from Harvard University where he taught for many years, including a popular course on fundraising. He is the author of How to Connect with Donors and Double the Money You Raise, Managing a Nonprofit Organization in the 21st Century, Effective Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, and other books.

About This Fundraising Strategy Course

How does your organization look to funders? This course on developing a fundraising strategy for nonprofits, NGOs, and other mission-driven organizations will help you consider whether your organization has a strong profile in the eyes of funders and provide practical advice for strengthening it. You'll consider different strategies for fundraising, including writing a grant proposal and planning a small-scale fundraising event. Finally, you'll hear from an experienced guest speaker about leveraging your social media accounts and creating powerful crowdfunding campaigns.

Course Topics

  • Module 1:
    Reflect on your organization’s financial readiness to fundraise
  • Module 2:
    Understand the different sources of funding that may be available to you
    Plan the basics of a small-scale fundraising event
  • Module 3:
    Write a grant proposal
  • Module 4:
    Run a successful crowdfunding campaign

Who Should Take This Course?

In order to ensure your success in this free, online course, you should have a basic background in fundraising or should have already completed Philanthropy University’s Introduction to Fundraising course.

You will need a device that allows you to listen to audio, access course materials, and upload your assignments.


Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this course through the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley Haas). Berkeley Haas is known for its role in defining a new generation of business leaders with a focus on social impact. Ranked #2 among all business school nonprofit programs in the United States (US News & World Report, 2017), Berkeley Haas inspires and empowers innovative solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges through the work of the Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI) and the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL).

To earn a Certificate of Achievement for this course, you need to earn more than 50% of possible points on quizzes and assignments to obtain a passing grade. Quizzes are worth 15% of your total score, while assignments are worth 85%.

Philanthropy University is a non-degree, diploma or credit granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.


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