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Fundraising Management

Are you interested in a career within a charitable organization? If so, learning the most effective ways to manage and promote fundraising to support your cause can help you begin a long, rewarding career.

The charitable sector is one of the faster growing segments of our society. Today, more organizations are competing for critical charitable dollars than ever before, which means that the need for professional approaches to fundraising has never been greater. By earning your Fundraising Management associate certificate, you’ll be prepared with the essential skills to effectively support and manage your organization.

This unique program is specially designed to reflect the changing trends and new directions of fundraising. This programs is perfect for quickly building a solid understanding and set of skills needed for a successful career in fundraising.

Fundraising Management courses are recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

About the program

  • Seven-course associate certificate program
  • Can be completed within one year
  • Specialized package for students with or without prior experience looking to specialize in fundraising
Interested in how this program prepares you for your career in charitable fundraising? Find out in the Program Details.

Who should complete the Fundraising Management Associate Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You’re considering fundraising as a career
  • You have less than 5 years’ experience
  • You’re a volunteer or director of a charitable agency
To get started training for successful fundraising management, view the Program Entry page!

What grads can do

By earning your associate certificate at BCIT, you’ll focus on the practical skills you’ll need every day in fundraising. The hands-on training prepares you in the essentials of fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and more to help you begin or advance your career in any variety of charitable organizations.

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you after completion, visit the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, Program Declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper Program Declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program Declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program Declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most part-time studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's Entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

By working with industry professionals in each course, you’ll receive the most current techniques and knowledge in fundraising. This focus on practical skills gives you the solid foundation you need in a variety of areas, including capital campaigns, social responsibility, management and finance in fundraising, and more that you can apply immediately to your career.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: Credits
  FUND 1215 Essentials of Fundraising 3.0
  FUND 2315 Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns 3.0
  FUND 2316 Grant and Proposal Writing 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  NPMA 1700 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations 3.0
 
2. Complete 6.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  FUND 3216 Management and Finance for Fundraising 3.0
  FUND 4415 Fundraising Practicum 3.0
  MKTG 1120 Event Planning 3.0
  MKTG 1323 Effective Public Speaking 3.0
  MKTG 3315 Sponsorship and Corporate Social Responsibility 3.0
  MKTG 3342 Negotiating Skills 3.0
  NPMA 1800 Government Relations 3.0
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
 
Total Credits: 21.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Fundraising Management associate certificate is designed specially to give you a solid foundation of core skills in fundraising. The courses through the program all give you practical, job-relevant skills and are tailored for the most benefit to you if you:
  • Are considering this field as a career
  • Have less than five years’ experience
  • Have a specialty background and want to broaden your knowledge base
  • Are a board member or other volunteer
  • Are an executive director of a smaller agency
  • Have fundraising as a component of your work

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

By earning your associate certificate, you’ll train with the most essential skills needed in today’s fundraising environment. Your focus on a variety of areas means you’ll have the abilities and knowledge to successfully support a charity in many different roles.

Some job opportunities include:
  • Executive Assistant
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • General Support
  • Agency Director

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

Jane Adams, President & CEO, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation
Janet Austin, President & CEO, YWCA
Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House
Bob Wiens, Chair, Governance Committee at Forum for Young Canadians
Faye Wightman, President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation
Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland
Heather McCaw, Associate Vice President, UBC Development

Contact Us

Christina Hagberg
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Marketing Management
604-412-7675 | Christina_Hagberg@bcit.ca

Stacy Laviolette
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Marketing Management
604-412-7608 | Stacy_Laviolette@bcit.ca

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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Testimonial

I had been working in the fundraising field for two years before attending BCIT’s School of Business Part-time Studies course, ‘Essentials of Fundraising’. I was amazed at how much I learned in such a short time period! The course was an in-depth look at the world of strategic fundraising. You have to work as a team to be an effective fundraiser, and being able to create a fundraising plan for our Foundation is an incredibly useful tool for improving our fundraising strategies.
Carrie-Ann, Resource Development Manager, Minerva Foundation for BC Women

Testimonial

I had been working in the fundraising field for two years before attending BCIT’s School of Business Part-time Studies course, ‘Essentials of Fundraising’. Our instructor Meg Clarke was informative, funny, and made the intense learning time enjoyable and hugely effective. I would recommend this course to anyone who is still new to the profession and is looking to become a more effective fundraiser – this course will show you how!
Carrie-Ann, Resource Development Manager, Minerva Foundation for BC Women