“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 2018!


Fall 2018 Course dates and detailed schedule:


Starting a Development Program

Week 1 – August 27

Labor Day- No class

OFF- September 3

Annual Giving

Week 2 – September 10

Institutional Fundraising

Week 3 – September 17

Grant Seeking

Week 4 – September 24

Research, Cultivation and Solicitation

Week 5 – October 1

Accountability, Ethics & The Law

Week 6 – October 8

Fall Break  

OFF – October 15

Campaign Fundraising

Week 7 – October 22

Basics of Planned Giving

Week 8 – October 29

Solicitation & The Donor’s Perspective

Week 9 – November 5


The Board’s Role

Week 10 –  November 12

Marketing, PR, & Social Media

Week 11 – November 19

Putting It All Together

Week 12 – November 26

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.