“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”

Benjamin Franklin

Principles of Fundraising Course

Principles of Fundraising Course = 30 CFRE Credits

Effective fundraising requires sophisticated methods of identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential donors.  This course provides an overview of the techniques needed to succeed.

We have selected faculty who are development professionals and/or experts in their field and willing to share their knowledge and extensive experience. Through this course you will develop an inventory of skills for meeting the challenges of the fundraising profession.

Registration is Now Open for Fall 2019!


Spring 2019 Course dates and detailed schedule:


Starting a Development Program

Week 1 – January 28

Annual Giving

Week 2 – February 5

Institutional Fundraising

Week 3 – February 11

Grant Seeking

Week 4 –February 18

Research, Cultivation and Solicitation

Week 5 – February 25

Spring Recess

OFF-March 4

Accountability, Ethics & The Law

Week 6 – March 11

Campaign Fundraising

Week 7 – March 18

Basics of Planned Giving

Week 8 – March 25

Solicitation & The Donor’s Perspective

Week 9 – April 1

The Board’s Role

Week 10 –  April 8

Marketing, PR, & Social Media

Week 11 – April 15

Easter Recess

OFF-April 22

Putting It All Together

Week 12 – April 29

For more information and to register, visit Villanova’s Fundraising webpage.

Course Fees

AFP Members – $750.00

Nonmembers – $850.00

Fees include all instructional materials.

Parking is an additional fee.