Penn State now offering graduate certificate in philanthropic leadership

October 21, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State is accepting applications for admission to its new online postbaccalaureate certificate in philanthropic leadership, which is aimed at preparing professionals to lead fundraising efforts at nonprofit organizations.

The certificate consists of nine credits of courses in fundraising, leadership and communications and a practicum of up to three credits. The program is offered fully online through Penn State World Campus, and the courses are taught by faculty members from Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts.

“As governments tighten their budgets, nonprofit organizations such as universities, hospitals, museums and service agencies are increasingly relying on donations to help fund their operations and serve their beneficiaries,” said Ray Lombra, professor of economics and lead faculty member of the new program. “Our goal is to develop the next generation of philanthropy professionals and prepare them to lead their organizations and strengthen their communities.”

Students can use their knowledge for positions including development or fundraising director, capital campaign manager or annual giving director.

The certificate program was designed so that students can balance their work and family commitments with their studies. The courses will have weekly assignments, allowing students to complete them when it is convenient for them.

“This online program is a great opportunity for students at a distance to leverage the resources of a top-tier university, including its highly ranked research and academic programs, with its considerable success in philanthropy,” said David Sylvia, director of academic affairs for graduate programs at Penn State World Campus.

For more information about the new certificate, visit the program’s website.

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Last Updated October 28, 2015