Foundations of Fundraising

Our signature course is a comprehensive session that focuses on fundraising theory as well as practical application. Attendees will gain increased confidence by improving their knowledge of the science behind fundraising success and also gain more of an appreciation and awareness of the art.


Groups are kept small to ensure participant engagement and a personalized learning environment for all attendees. In addition to teaching fundraising concepts and skills, our program offers the opportunity for attendees to network, share and learn from each other.


The course is recommended for individuals with less than 2 years of fundraising experience but is also suitable for those in volunteer capacities, as well as those who are considering a career change into fundraising.

what we'll cover

Day 1

- history of fundraising

- donor motivation

- fundraising vehicles

- structure of funding

Day 2

- working with donors

- donor cycle

- working with other teams

Day 3

- working with a team

- leadership vs. management

- managing your time

- confidence

- difficult conversations

- careers

After completing the three days of course content, participants will meet with their group monthly (for 3 months) to talk further about whatever is important or top of mind for them. We call it a participant-led community of practice. The instructor will join, for support or questions, but participants will lead the discussion.


A Zoom connection that can support video is required. If you are not able to connect by video through Zoom and are interested in the course please contact the school at

course details

suitable for: individuals with less than 2 years of fundraising experience
commitment: 7.5 hours (course) & 4.5 hours (community of practice)
instructor: Rowena Veylan or Siobhan Aspinall
group size: maximum of 6
format: this workshop is held over Zoom and a video connection is required
investment: $300


Full participation in Foundation of Fundraising is applicable for 7.5 points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for certification and/or recertification.

course dates

closed for registration


Mar. 29, Apr. 5 & Apr. 12, 2023

10:00 am - 12:30 pm PST


Community of Practice

May 17, Jun. 14 & Jul. 12, 2023

11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST


open for registration


May 29, Jun. 5 & Jun. 12, 2023

10:00 am - 12:30 pm PST


Community of Practice

Jul. 10, Aug. 14 & Sept. 11, 2023

11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

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