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).
Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options
- Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
About the program
- 8-course associate certificate program
- 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 Entrance Requirements 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.
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.
Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed two years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:
Bring your own device
Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements prior to the start of class. If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.
For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.
Important Updates to Part-time Studies
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.
Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.
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
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
“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
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
If you have questions that you could not find the answer to online, or if you require further assistance, please contact us:
International student inquiries
Domestic student inquiries
Program Assistant – Part-time Studies, Marketing Management
604-432-8723 | Candace_Marrington@bcit.ca
Part-time Studies Coordinator, Marketing Management
604-456-8173 | Joe_Freeburn@bcit.ca
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