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Are you looking for a career with meaning? Are you passionate about giving back to your community? Do you want to raise money for a cause that you care about?

With over 170,000 charities across Canada, fundraising has become one of the most important growth areas for nonprofit organizations. Fundraising careers have grown by leaps and bounds over the last 10 years – and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Well-trained and informed fundraisers are key to building bridges between charities and donors.  As a fundraiser, you can help organizations surpass their financial goals and create a community of loyal supporters.

This certificate program is designed to help you hone your understanding of fundraising tools and techniques, while developing your leadership and management skills. Through this six-credit program you will gain expertise in innovative fundraising methods, non-profit marketing and solicitations, and donor recognition. You will also learn about how to thank donors so that they continue to give generously.

We are an Approved Provider for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. Full participation in each course is applicable for 39 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

This certificate can be completed entirely online.

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What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will able to:

  • develop and implement strategies to successfully and ethically operate a fundraising program
  • apply best practices to your fundraising, client services, government relations, and volunteer management
  • identify and inform solutions to ethical issues in the charitable sector
  • analyze data and information to guide your fund development process and raise more money
  • develop annual giving, donor communication, and fundraising marketing materials
  • examine and adjust practices to emerging issues and donor-centered fundraising trends influencing today's charities
  • apply sound financial management practices to real-life situations
  • evaluate strategic fundraising plans and identify the critical elements of a well-configured database

Who Should Take This Certificate?

Our students come with varied backgrounds and experiences. Some are emerging fundraising professionals looking to take the next career step, while others are making the leap from an entirely different industry.

This certificate will give you the foundations and advanced training to become a skilled fundraiser in an area that matters most to you. Whether you are passionate about raising funds for healthcare, health and wellness, or arts and culture, or increasing resources for education, sustainability, poverty reduction, or social justice, this certificate will set you on the path to making a meaningful impact.

The certificate is also for anyone who is passionate about broadening their knowledge to have a positive impact on the nonprofit sector. You may wish to take just one or two courses to improve your skills, or register for the entire certificate.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are experienced, well-connected, and reputable fundraising professionals and educators, with decades of experience in the charitable and nonprofit sectors. They are recognized subject matter experts who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and insight to each course. Our instructors are active volunteers in the community who lend their time and talent to a wide array of important causes.

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Industry and Careers

The charitable sector is one of the fastest growing industries in North America. Well-trained and skilled fundraising professionals will find a vast array of opportunities to pursue. This program is designed to give you an edge when it comes to a career in fundraising – whether you are looking to make a career shift, break through into a leadership role, or become an industry thought leader.

Our graduates are in high demand, and many work in local, national, and international nonprofits. Here are just a few of the positions our alumni hold today:

  • Manager of Giving
  • Development Officer
  • Senior Development Officer or Advancement Officer
  • Director of Philanthropy/Development
  • Vice-President, Development
  • President and CEO

Professional Designations and Accreditation

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The Chang School is an Approved Provider for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Full participation in each course is applicable for 39 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

If you are actively pursuing your CFRE certification, you may want to use the CFRE Continuing Education Points Tracker to keep track of the courses and education points you acquire through this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
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Recommended Course Sequence

New to fundraising? Start with CINT 916 and CINP 912. These courses provide a view of the Canadian voluntary sector and its organizations, as well as a clear understanding of the role of marketing in the nonprofit setting.
 
We recommend that you then take the two remaining required courses, CVFM 201 and CVFM 202, in any order or concurrently. 

Once you’ve completed these required courses, you will have all of the foundational information you need to take the electives you choose.

Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With six Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are all courses available online?

Yes. All courses are available online, although not every course is scheduled online each year (all courses are available online at least once every other year).

Which courses are mandatory for the certificate? Which ones are electives?

There are four required courses:

You must also choose two of the following three electives to complete the certificate:

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

You have up to four years to complete the certificate from the time you register. Depending on your circumstances and the availability of courses, your completion time will vary. For example, many students working full-time take one course per term. Depending on which courses are offered, following this route may allow you to complete the program within two years. However, not all courses are offered in each term, so completion may take longer due to scheduling. If you take two courses per term and the available courses align with your needs, you can finish within a year.

Are there any financial supports or scholarships available?

Yes. If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid.

Can I ask insiders questions about the program?

Yes. Join our LinkedIn group and to connect directly with students and alumni.

Testimonials

Dawn Green“Being part of The Chang School allowed me to focus my energy in all the right places at the right time. While surrounded by incredible students and instructors, I was able to work my way into the nonprofit industry and complete the program at my own pace. I had some amazing instructors who cared about creating an inclusive and interactive experience, which left me feeling energized and excited after each class.”
Dawn Green

 


Anita Dundys“There are some amazing teachers and they’re incredibly supportive and willing to open doors and connect you to other people in the sector. The enthusiasm of the students helped motivate me and keep me focused. It landed me my first job in fundraising before I even graduated from the program. Being enrolled in the program showed that I was serious about making the transition, and that I was dedicated to the sector. Now, every year I go into one of the classes to help inform and maybe inspire the next generation of fundraisers.”
Anita Dundys
Manager, Direct Marketing at Sunnybrook Foundation


“Ryerson’s Fundraising Management program gave me valuable tools, knowledge, and an invaluable network of professional colleagues. I’m a better fundraiser because of the program.”
Mike den Haan
Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Simon Fraser University

Course Delivery Schedule

The following table can help you plan your enrolments. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Check individual course listings for scheduling information.

C = Classroom

O = Online

Required Courses Fall Winter Spring/Summer

CINP 912 - Marketing for Nonprofits

C O  
CINT 916 - Introduction to Fundraising O O O
CVFM 201 - Operations of Fundraising   O  
CVFM 202 - Donor Centered Fundraising O    
Elective Courses Fall Winter Spring/Summer
CVFM 203 - Fundraising Campaigns     O
CVFM 302 - Entrepreneurial Fundraising   O  
CVFM 303 - Annual Giving Programs O    

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Krishan Mehta, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  krishan@ryerson.ca

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