About the program

The Fund Development College Certificate provides the techniques and skills required by not-for-profit managers, employees and volunteers to implement a wide variety of fundraising strategies and campaigns. In this program you will develop the ability to recognize opportunities and communicate with volunteers, donors and the media. Volunteers, including board members and those involved directly in fundraising, will benefit from this program with an enhanced understanding of the many strategies and processes. This certificate also offers an excellent professional development opportunity for fundraising professionals, who are looking to update or refresh their skills.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

Graduate employment opportunities may include fundraising for non-profit organizations, social welfare agencies, hospitals and heath charities, university and college foundations, international development agencies and community organizations.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Explain the concepts involved in strategically planning, developing, implementing and evaluating a fund raising program
  • Identify basic marketing techniques for a fundraising program and outline the process of developing community resources.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in fund development writing skills including the distinction between internal and external case statements.
  • Identify and discuss the regulatory legislation and ethical practices in philanthropy.
  • List and explain the methods used in an Annual Giving Program for a variety of different sized organizations.
  • Research a variety of programs and campaign initiatives.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024