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Program Code: FR511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters
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Program Overview

Join the growing philanthropic sector and establish your career while making a meaningful impact! The Fundraising Management graduate certificate prepares you to become a highly sought after professional within the charitable sector. The Humber postgrad was recently revamped with new courses in technology, ethics and a capstone project working directly with recognized charities. This innovative and industry-recognized program will give you hands-on experience in methods the non-profit sector uses to create and maintain relationships with their communities of support. Students have access to a broad network of people working in the industry. Humber has been a leader in the education of social impact professionals and fundraisers for over 20 years with an exceptional reputation and hiring rate. Fundraising Management alumni work across Canada and globally in professional management and leadership roles throughout the charitable sector as well as companies and foundations seeking to make a difference.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Articulate the roles of the volunteer and staff in charitable organizations.

  2. Manage staff and volunteer resources including the recruitment and selection of personnel, and their subsequent orientation, training and evaluation.

  3. Conceptualize, plan and execute fundraising projects and programs, including defining goals and objectives, outputs, outcomes, and project budgets. Such activities may include major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, corporate giving or capital campaigns.

  4. Prepare proposals and administer grants.

  5. Manage computer application and databases in order to input, compile and report data, and analyze new markets for development opportunities.

  6. Develop basic financial management skills relevant to the charitable sector.

  7. Conduct research and analysis associated with the management of fundraising programs (For example, sector research, prospect research).

  8. Develop, implement and administer marketing and direct marketing strategies and activities.

  9. Evaluate the environmental forces affecting Canadian business, not-for-profit and charitable Organizations and the state of philanthropy.

  10. Demonstrate the attitudes, values and behaviours of the effective manager/administrator in relationship to ethics and public/community service, legal issues and leadership in organizational fundraising.

  11. Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communications skills, both orally and in writing.

  12. Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills and techniques.


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Work Placement

Placements are typically abundant and secured with charities, non-profit groups, consulting firms, corporate donation offices, foundations or government granting agencies across the philanthropic sector. Work placement take place in the spring term and are often paid.

This reinvigorated program will feature:

  • Leading instructors from industry with expertise in annual and major giving, partnering with the corporate sector, the legal and financial realities of the sector, developing teams of staff and volunteers, planned giving, special events, entrepreneurship, ethics and more.
  • Professors with experience working at organizations such as Kids Help Phone, UHN (University Health Network) and their associated foundations, War Child, Plan Canada, Pathways to Education, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, and many charitable sector consulting agencies.
  • Networking opportunities with charitable sector leaders and managers through a wide range of guest speakers, case studies and participation in a capstone project where students will work with a “client” organization with instructor guidance.
  • Participation and exposure to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as well as CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) consistent curriculum (approval process is underway for education points for those who pursue future designation).

Samantha Rogers & Robyn Tremblay

Watch the video to hear how graduates co-found a sports philanthropy firm.

Risha Toney

Watch this Information Session to learn how you can make a difference through a career in fundraising management.

Canadians are generous and fundraisers are turning that giving spirit into meaningful impact.

Did you know that working in the sector means you play a role in:

  • The 2nd largest charitable and nonprofit sector in the world[1]
  • A sector that employs 2 million Canadians at more than 170,000 nonprofits and
    charities[1]
  • Approximately $18.5 billion in donations received by Canadian charities in 2014 alone[2]
  • 8.1% of GDP exceeding the oil and gas or finance industries[1]
  • An annual contribution to the Canadian economy of over $150 billion[1]

    [1] Imagine Canada Sector Stats
    [2] Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation, Thirty Years of Giving
    See afpglobal.org, Fundraising is Awesome 2019

Humber is proud to offer scholarships to students across a variety of programs, including entrance scholarships for newly admitted students. Humber is also committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion and offers a number of scholarship opportunities to students who self-identify as members of an equity-deserving group.

The following scholarships are available to students entering the Fundraising Management program:

  • Stephen Thomas Ltd Scholarship for Diversity in Fundraising Management Leadership
  • Ken Wyman Entrance Scholarship

Scholarships are also available to enrolled students and include:

  • Kevin Allen Scholarship for Excellence in Fundraising 
  • Gordon L. Goldie Scholarship 
  • Denny Young Scholarship 

For more information about available scholarships and how to apply as either a prospective or current student, please visit humber.ca/studentscholarships.

Your Career

Demand for professional fundraisers is on the rise. Graduates may find opportunity in the philanthropic sector that includes organizations focused on health care, education, social justice, the arts, politics, the environment, international development and others. Graduates also work in social enterprises, consulting firms, foundation offices, granting agencies and in corporate social responsibility. We have alumni working across Canada and globally, at many leading organizations.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

The program is recognized by Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) as an approved education provider meeting the academic requirements for initial certification and/or recertification. 

Recognition

This program is recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and Imagine Canada.

 

 

 

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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January 2023 Lakeshore Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 Lakeshore Open

Stephanie Kwon

Watch the video to find out more about the Fundraising Management program at Humber.


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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,291.40
  • international: $18,058.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$350 – conference fees and field trips; $850 – textbooks.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.

View Pathways into this program  

  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.

View Transfer Out Opportunities from this program  

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Samantha Jones, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3583
fundraisingprogram@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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