Fundraising and Development

  • Certificate
Location: Boston
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Why Fundraising and Development?

The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development offers a foundation in the techniques, tools, and skill sets necessary for nonprofit fundraising and development efforts.

In today’s nonprofit sector, fundraising and development have seen continual growth and increased career opportunities. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development prepares students for roles or advancement in these increasingly strategic areas and provides students with the expert-level skills, techniques, and practicalities of raising funds. 

In the program, students will produce professional-level work to add to their personal portfolio, utilize current industry tools and have the opportunity to participate in experiential projects. Skills graduates learn in donor research management, grant writing, building effective partnerships, and measuring social impact are increasingly valuable to nonprofit organizations as they are depending on fundraising and grant management to achieve their mission. 

Additionally, the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.

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Unique Features

  • Opportunity to engage in an experiential project with an organization of their choice or another institution suggested by the faculty/XN team 
  • Skills-focused curriculum taught by industry experts 
  • Earn your certificate quickly – the program is 6, 6-week long classes 
  • Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied to Northeastern’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management 
  • Unique specialization in fundraising and development
  • Solid foundation in data analysis and performance management for the nonprofit sector

Career Outlook

Graduates from the Certificate in Fundraising and Development will be prepared to enter into or advance within the following types of professional roles:

  • Development Coordinator
  • Fundraisers
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Senior Gifts Officer
  • Grant/Proposal Writer
  • Manager/Director, Donor Impact
  • Manager/Director, Fund Development
  • Manager/Director, Growth and Strategic Partnerships
  • Major Gifts Associate
  • Manager/Director, Development and Annual Giving
  • Development Officer
  • Institutional Giving Manager


What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development Required Courses:
NPM 6100 - Strategic Management for the Nonprofit Sector
NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
NPM 6220 - Donor Research and Management
NPM 6230 - Measuring Social Impact
NPM 6240 - Innovation and Scaling for Impact

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Stackable Certificate

Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Nonprofit Management.

Did You Know?

Nonprofits account for 12.3 million jobs and 10.2% of private sector employment. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Average Time to Completion

6 months to 1 year



Entry Terms


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