Fundamentals of Fundraising program returns this spring at Penn State Behrend

February 18, 2014

Effective fundraising requires sophisticated methods of identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential donors, but it’s often a task that’s easier said than done.

Fundamentals of Fundraising, a noncredit certificate program offered this spring at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, can help nonprofit organizations’ staffs broaden their skills and enhance their fundraising plans. The eight-week program is designed for nonprofit administrators, fundraising professionals, fundraising volunteers or anyone who wants to learn more about philanthropy.

“The Fundamentals of Fundraising program is a comprehensive introduction to the profession of nonprofit advancement,” said Kristina Huber, one of the instructors. “It’s designed to guide those new to the profession toward the resources necessary for a successful fundraising career.”

The program is co-sponsored by Penn State Behrend’s Office of Community and Workforce Programs and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Tuesday-night sessions will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 8 and ending May 27 at Penn State Behrend. Fundamentals in Fundraising instructors come from several area organizations, including Gannon University, Mercyhurst Preparatory School, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Allegheny College, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett P.C. and the Barber National Institute.

The Fundamentals of Fundraising program provides 20 hours of educational instruction. Participants can apply the program to the eligibility requirements for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional designation and also earn two Penn State Continuing Education units.

Two free information sessions will be offered for persons interested in learning more about the program. The first session will include lunch and is scheduled for noon Thursday, March 6, at Knowledge Park, 5451 Merwin Lane, Erie, PA 16510. The second session will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Panera Bread, 1935 Keystone Drive, Erie, PA 16509.

For more information on Fundamentals of Fundraising or to register for an information session, contact Michelle Hartmann at 814-898-6103 or email

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Last Updated February 19, 2014