Business and Economics Department
Our Philanthropy certificate program will prepare you to advance the culture of philanthropy within your organization. Courses cover the essential principles of development including fundraising and grant writing, cultivating donors, building a successful fundraising campaign, and more.
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Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the philanthropy certificate program at NDMU can roll seamlessly into the MA in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations.

Additional Study Options



Required Courses

PLAN 501 - Principles of Philanthropic Development (3)
NPM 545 - Fundraising and Grant Writing (3)
PLAN 503 - Cultivating Donor Relations (3)
PLAN 502- Communications and Branding (3)

Total Credits = 12

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Course topics are infused with current strategies, trends, and real-world examples so that classroom learning lends itself to challenges you can expect to encounter in your career.

Small class sizes create an opportunity to connect with professors and encourage more meaningful class discussions.

100% Online

In order to meet the needs of working students, all classes in the Philanthropy certificate program are offered fully online.

Philanthropy Careers

Our graduates lead people, manage nonprofit organizations, and support communities all over Maryland and throughout the nation. You’ll find them in managerial and leadership roles in nonprofit and philanthropic ventures large and small.

Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles in philanthropic development within the nonprofit sector:

  • Fundraising Manager
  • Grant Proposal Manager
  • Major Gift Director
  • Corporate Giving Director
  • Development Director
  • Foundation Director