Certificate of Fundraising (CFRE)

  • Course level: All Levels

About Course

Join the more than 7,400 fundraising professionals from around the world in showing accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE is a voluntary credential that is recognized worldwide and signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional. Overall, it is vital to a fundraiser’s professional growth and sets the standard for ethical practice in the sector. (cfre.org)

Earn credit towards your initial CFRE certification or renewal today by joining Habitat for Humanity Texas and the Texas A&M Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) through the Bush School of Government and Public Service for a 5 week, 45 hour program that dives into the various components of nonprofit fundraising. The CNP is an Approved Provider for Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International.  Learn from Advanced Certified Fundraising Executives and experienced fundraisers through prerecorded lectures, weekly assignments, and live Zoom presentations and discussions.

Course Format:
-This program is divided into five week long modules, including prerecorded lectures and assignments released on Monday, followed by live Zoom presentations and discussions on Friday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm CST. Participants have from Monday until Friday’s session to watch the lectures and complete the assignments for that week.

Meet the Instructors:
-Angela Seaworth, PhD, MBA, ACFRE
-Benjamin Mohler, M.A., CFRE, ACFRE
-Phil York, MPA
-Sara Wise

What Will I Learn?

  • Understanding Philanthropy and Annual Sustainability
  • Major Gifts and Making the Ask
  • Importance of Fundraising Operations
  • Managing Fundraising Campaigns
  • Governance and Board Fundraising

Topics for this course

17 Lessons45h

Welcome to Certificate of Fundraising?

Please complete this section before beginning the Week One module.
Introduction to Certificate of Fundraising
Meet the Instructors
Pre-Course Survey

Week One (10/11-15/2021)?

Understanding Philanthropy and Annual Sustainability – this course will introduce participants to professional fundraising, trends, and tools for annual sustainability such as annual fund, recurring gifts, and events.

Week Two (10/18-22/2021)?

Major Gifts and Making the Ask – this course will discuss the giving cycle for major gifts and will discuss identification, cultivation, and give participants the opportunity to practice making an ask. It will include the basics, just a nod to planned giving.

Week Three (10/25-29/2021)?

Importance of Fundraising Operations – this course explains the importance of the backend development functions such as database management, gift processing, stewardship, and how use databases to make your fundraising most effective.

Week Four (11/1-5/2021)?

Managing Fundraising Campaigns – this course will help participants understand the steps in a fundraising campaign from feasibility studies, to developing a case statement, and how to manage the office and volunteers during a campaign.

Week Five (11/8-12/2021)?

Governance and Board Fundraising – this course will explain nonprofit board governance and specifically provide tools for how the affiliates can engage their boards in creating a culture of philanthropy at their affiliate through training, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Student Feedback


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Very informative!

Wonderful class. Grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the field!

Great general overview of fundraising.



  • Each of the courses will have both asynchronous and virtual components. There will be a short video lecture (5-8 minutes), readings, and assignments/worksheets for each course, and then the instructor will facilitate a virtual course via Zoom on Fridays from 9:00-12:00 CST that will allow the participants to engage in shared learning with one another.
  • To receive your Certificate of Fundraising and CFRE credit, you must complete all five prerecorded lectures, submit the weekly assignments on time, and attend the live sessions each Friday.
  • Participants must have access to a computer, microphone, and webcam during the weekly live discussions.

Target Audience

  • Development Directors
  • Fundraising Professionals
  • Executive Directors
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