Fundraising Leadership

“The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation” — Mariam Beard, A History of Business, 1938

Every day, Rockhurst students and alumni answer the call to lead and serve. But just as important as your own giving is your ability to influence others to follow your example. The Nonprofit Leadership department now offers a program designed to equip you with that ability – the Fundraising Concentration program.

The Fundraising Concentration program, offered as a part of the Nonprofit Leadership studies major, is a partnership between Rockhurst and the Mid America Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The program will provide hands-on, interactive training in the area of fundraising and provide you with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of this increasingly important field.

Why fundraising studies? 
In the Kansas City area alone, there are more than 7500 registered nonprofit organizations, collectively generating over $9.5 billion and employing an estimated 10 percent of the region’s workforce. These nonprofit organizations play an increasingly important role in community in ways that benefit many residents. Given their prominence in the region – and indeed the country – there is a great need for training and education to develop leaders of character and skill for positions in this sector. This innovative program was designed to help fill that need.

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About the program 
The Fundraising concentration program features some of the most current, cutting-edge research and trends in the field of fundraising, and taps into the best and brightest resources of the AFP Mid America Chapter. Students within the program have opportunities for formal and informal interaction with the AFP members who teach the courses.

The certificate programs consists of 15 upper-division credit hours in addition to one three-hour prerequisite, Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations.

NP 1110 - Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
NP 3050 - Foundations of Fundraising and Development
FD 4000 - Developing Annual Sustainability
FD 4100 - Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns
FD 4200 - Technology and Marketing Trends in Fundraising
FD 4300 - Prospect Research and Proposal Writing

This program is open to current students as well as to post-baccalaureate students and those in the community who meet admission requirements. Courses are offered in the evening for student convenience.

Getting Started 
Current Rockhurst admission procedures and requirements apply. For more information, please call 816-501-4299. To learn more about the Rockhurst and AFP partnership, please visit our blog spot at