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Social Innovation Through Philanthropy (FDPG) CLOSED

Available as a one-year program

This program is closed; applications are not currently being accepted.

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.

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  • Credential
    • 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

Experiential learning

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.

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