Social Innovation Through Philanthropy (FDPG)
Available as a one-year program
As social change agents, organizations and charities compete for limited financial resources, there’s a growing need for professionals with specialized knowledge and practical skills. Put your passion to work, helping entities achieve their goals, and help make the world a better place.
Program Delivery: Classes will be held weekday evenings and during some weekends through a combination of online and on-campus delivery.
Note: Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the Fundraising and Development post-graduate certificate.
- Program Code
One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Start Date
Find your career
Philanthropy is no longer the domain of volunteers, but a complex and growing sector of Canada’s economy made up of fundraising professionals.
- Graduates can find careers spanning social services, health care, education and the arts; charities and not-for-profit agencies; a wide range of advocacy groups; and as professional consultants.
- Average entry-level salaries in Ontario range from $40,000 to $60,000.
- Prepare for a position as a major gifts manager, direct mail copywriter, corporate relations officer, development officer or special events coordinator.
- Specialize as a prospect researcher, campaign manager, outreach and constituent development manager, grant writer or new media specialist.
Is it for you?
For those who want to lead an inspired life. People who thrive in this career have:
- A strong desire to work for change
- The ability to think creatively
- High standards of professional ethics
- A knack for inspiring others
What employers say
“As a potential employer, I would be extremely interested in hiring candidates who have a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising and Development. Practical experience and exposure to the latest best practices are a definite edge over the competition.”
Rhonda Cunningham, Fellow of Association of Healthcare Philanthropy
Executive Director of Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
This program has been designed for those already working in full-time jobs. Classes will be held weekday evenings and during some weekends through a combination of online and on-campus delivery.
A holistic approach to learning will deliver a full range of skills and hands-on practical experience that goes beyond the classroom. In this intensive eight-month program, you will:
- Plan and execute social innovation projects and programs, including setting goals, outputs, outcomes and budgets.
- Create every aspect of your own charity, from defining the mission, vision and values through to fundraising and programming.
- Learn how to build strategic partnerships and relationships with donors, recipients and volunteers; develop marketing strategies and activities; and manage staff and volunteers.
- Attend professional workshops and network with professional fundraisers and philanthropists.
- Develop practical skills in preparing proposals and administering grants, managing computer databases and conducting research.
- Finish your studies with a four-week placement at a charitable or not-for-profit agency, providing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an organization aligned with your personal passion.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Receive individual attention in small classes from teachers who are invested in your success.
- Instructors have extensive experience across all charitable sectors ranging from health care to social services, education and the arts.
- The program stays up to date with best practices and is continually refined with the input of professional fundraisers and researchers from local charities.
- First Year - Semester One
- FDPG1004 Annual Giving and Capital Campaigns
- Fundraisers must think in the short and the long term when planning capital campaigns and maintaining enthusiasm for on-going donations. The key is in an integrated campaign strategy that starts with feasibility studies and quiet campaigns before launch.
- FDPG1003 Digital Applications for Fundraisers
- Building effective communication packages, presentation slides, data bases and project management projections, all require an ease of navigation in a variety of software packages. This course, will build the student’s confidence through guided practice.
- FDPG1000 Ethical & Legal Case Studies
- This course explores the ethical and legal issues relevant to fundraising in Canada through the exploration of real case studies. Privacy, donor rights and codes of ethics will be emphasized.
- FDPG1006 Financial Management forFundraisers
- Students will build budgets, financial statements and charitable tax receipts. Particular focus will be on the development and maintenance of accurate spreadsheets.
- FDPG1002 Fundraising and Community Events
- Mounting successful events is a critical element in fundraising. In this course, the student will prepare budgets, select appropriate venues, create suitable activities, create volunteer teams and present a proposal package to a not-for-profit agency of choice.
- FDPG1005 Human Resources Management
- Volunteers are at the core of the not-for-profit sector. In this course, students will explore management styles, board governance, volunteer identification, recruitment and training, employment standards and development cycles and professional development.
- FDPG1001 Marketing Communications for Fundraisers
- Starting with the target audience, this course will help the student develop pro-active and effective communication tools, both written and oral, vital to success in the not-for-profit sector.
- First Year - Semester Two
- FDPG1007 Canadian Not-For-Profit Landscape
- Economic, technological, legislative changes, all have a tremendous influence of how the not-for-profit sector positions itself. Through research, students will develop skills that will help them identify emerging trends so as to be pro-active in the development of appropriate communications strategies.
- FDPG1011 Digital Applications for Fundraisers 2
Focus on the ease with which students use the software packages introduced In semester one. Accuracy and design will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: FDPG 1003
- FDPG1010 Fundraising and Community Events 2
Using selected proposals from semester one, students will mount the events as outlined.
Prerequisite: FDPG 1002
- FDPG1013 Grant Writing for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations
Writing effective grants increases an agency’s ability to access government, corporate and foundations funds. Students will select an agency and a funding source and prepare a proposal.
Prerequisite: FDPG 1000
- INTN1006 Internship Fundraising
- Students will spend a 4-week period in a charitable or not-for-profit agency. Students will research, contact, and negotiate the terms of the internship with the host agency.
- FDPG1009 Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Endowments
- Recognizing the threshold of prospective donors and successfully cultivating them is a skill critical to achieving long-term financial security for a not-for-profit agency. Case studies will be used to focus this judgment.
- FDPG1008 Operating the Development Office
- Drawing on skills attained in other courses, students will develop sound practices in regard to decision-making, communicating and negotiating. The primary focus will be on role-playing.
- FDPG1012 Prospect Research, Stewardship & Donor Relations
- This is the heart of effecting fundraising. This course focuses on the relationship between not-for-profit agencies and their donor prospects.
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2018 – 19)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $4,322.54 (two semesters)
- Books and Supplies: $400
- Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Services Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- A diploma or degree in a related field from a recognized college or university.
- Applicants with prior learning or related work experience may be eligible for credit recognition. Transfer students from other institutions will also be considered on an individual basis.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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