University of Kentucky

Graduate Certificate in Fundraising & Development

Nonprofit organizations across the United States are dependent on educated and skilled fundraisers. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics there are more than 1.5 million registered nonprofit organizations – nearly all dependent on raising contributed income through fundraising efforts. Educational institutions, health, human services, relief agencies, arts and religious organizations are all reliant on donated funds to serve their beneficiaries, therefore, knowledgeable fundraisers are needed to direct these efforts. Competition for fundraising has resulted in a strong job market and created a greater need for skilled and educated fundraisers.

The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development is designed to provide critical fundraising education to those who are currently working or seeking employment in nonprofit organizations.




AAD 521 Nonprofit Board Governance: 1 credit hour
AAD 542 Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations: 3 credit hours
AAD 555 Fundraising: Identifying and Cultivating Individual Donors: 3 credit hours
AAD 626 Financial Management for Fundraising: 3 credit hours
AAD 640 Principles of Fundraising: 3 credit hours
AAD 740 Fundraising Techniques: 3 credit hours
AAD 745 Venture Philanthropy: 2 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 18


The program is designed to provide specialization in fundraising and development. All students must have a completed bachelor's degree. Students must be admitted to the UK Graduate School.

All applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development are reviewed by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. The criteria for admission and the materials evaluated in making admission decisions are listed below. Please keep in mind that applicants are evaluated individually and also in terms of the overall quality of the pool of applications.

To apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development, your application should include the following items:

- UK Graduate School Application
- Official transcripts
- A resume (no more than two pages in length) indicating your education, professional and volunteer experience, accomplishments and qualifications for graduate study.
- A statement of purpose (one page, single-spaced) indicating the reasons for your interest in graduate study in Fundraising and Development at UK and what you hope to accomplish with you degree. Please also discuss your personal or professional skills that will aid you in successfully completing classes online.

The GRE is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development.
The graduate application and materials, including transcripts, should be submitted online to the University of Kentucky Graduate School.

University of Kentucky
205 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
United States

Dr. Yuha Jung
Jill Schinberg
Lee Erik Eachus
Dr. Rachel Shane

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 859.257.9616

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