Practical Tools. Immediate Results.

Sanford Fundraising Academy™ helps you take your organization in a do-good direction.


The Sanford Fundraising Academy™ is a fundraising certificate program that gives emerging fundraisers the tools they can apply immediately in their job to better stewards donors, attract new donors, and increase revenue.

Led by practicing local and national nonprofit leaders.

Peer-to-peer, cohort-based learning environment.

Integrates successful practices from the business realm with an intense focus on building long-term connections that benefit both the donor and the organization.

CFRE: Full participation in Sanford Fundraising Academy™ is applicable for 60+ points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Fundraising Academy covers a variety of topics in the following four sessions:

Fundraising Fundamentals

Cause Selling: A Guide to Relationship-Driven Fundraising

Major Gifts

Planned Giving

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You get ample opportunity to practice what you learn before taking those lessons into the real world. The courses have given me the tools to meet my fundraising goals without fundamentally changing who I am.

- Alaina P., San Diego, CA


Gain Confidence

Boost your fundraising abilities to advance your career

Cultivate Donors

Identify, engage, and retain individual donors

Build Relationships

Develop key relationship-driven strategies

Make the Ask

Learn and practice your pitch to effectively cultivate donor support

Build Your Community

Develop a network of peers


All Fundraising Academy classes are led by nonprofit leaders with extensive experience in successful fundraising. The curriculum allows instructors to impart their wisdom by combining the best of nonprofit and business principles to address the needs of fundraising in today’s society. This makes the Fundraising Academy ideal for those seeking dynamic approaches to fundraising, additional opportunities for networking, and proven techniques designed to contribute to the success of their organizations.

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Tony B.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Hannah B.

Los Angeles, CA

Katie A.

Orange County, CA

Francisco M.

Menifee, CA

Upcoming Fundraising Academy schedule.

The Fundraising Academy divides its coursework into four distinct sessions – each tailored to a different aspect of fundraising, as well as an annual graduation ceremony. With topics relevant to your organization, and featured speakers providing insight, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date, and stay connected. Begin at any time, and once you’ve completed all four sessions, you’re eligible to graduate!

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Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University

Fundraising Academy

– Fundraising Academy Accelerate:
Session 1: January 15, 2020
Session 2: February 12, 2020
Session 3: February 26, 2020
Session 4/Graduation: March 11, 2020
La Jolla, CA

– Military Connected Fundraising Academy Accelerate:
Session 1: January 8, 2020
Session 2: February 5, 2020
Session 3: February 19, 2020
Session 4/Graduation: March 4, 2020

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Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community College District

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

– Fundraising Essentials Certificate:
October 3, 10, 17, 24
– Fundraising Academy:
October 7, 8, 9
November 18, 19
February 3, 4
March 24, 25

Location: Maricopa Corporate College Rio Conference Center
2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

– Fundamentals of Fundraising: February 28 – March 1, 2019
– Cause Selling: April 25 – 26, 2019
– Major Gifts: July 25 – 26, 2019
– Planned Giving: September 26 – 27, 2019

Location: John F. Kennedy University
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Sanford Institute Of Philanthropy At Long Island University

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Long Island University

Fundraising Academy

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