Certificate Program in Fundraising and Board Development

ADO partners with SUNY Purchase to offer a comprehensive fundraising and board development program. The program is intended for development officers, executive directors, board members, and fundraisers, as well as those interested in the fields of philanthropy and fundraising. The coursework covers all of the major components of a successful fundraising effort, including board development, strategic planning, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, event coordination, grant writing, capital campaigns, volunteer program management, and more. Students who successfully complete the required and elective courses are awarded a certificate from the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, reflecting 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). (Two electives are required for the certificate, five electives for the advanced certificate.)

The certificate can be earned in in one semester! Students may take individual courses without commitment to the entire program. Note: Certificate programs must be completed within three years unless approved by the director of continuing education

Scholarships are available through the Association of Development Officers (ADO).

To qualify for the certificate, students must:

  • Submit a Certificate Form of Intent
  • Attend at least 80 percent of the classes
  • Achieve a “Pass” designation in coursework from the instructors
  • Submit a Certificate Request Form after all requirements have been met
  • Submit a Professional Certificate Program Survey

To see a listing of current courses, CLICK HERE.

To see a list of all courses, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the program, instructors and how to register, CLICK HERE.

For more information contact:
Kelly Jackson, Director of Continuing Education, School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, Purchase College SUNY, at

Credit card authorization form

Instructions for online registration

To learn more about the instructors, CLICK HERE.


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