Penn State residential students will be able to enroll in LA 402 Fundraising Leadership Building a Strong Base, which is an all online course, as of 8/14/17. Penn State Graduates may enroll in the course at any time. Please contact Dr. Sophie Penney, if you would like to learn more.

LA 402 can be taken as a stand-alone or as one of four courses in Penn State’s all online Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in Fundraising Leadership. Students in Penn State’s M.Ed. in Higher ¬†Education can take LA 402 and LA 802 as part of a concentration in fundraising.

LA 402 covers an array of topics such as:

  • an introduction to philanthropy and philanthropists,
  • creating a culture of philanthropy within an organization,
  • forms of giving,
  • working with volunteers, communication, stewardship,
  • and other subjects.

Literature includes readings about fundraising and about leadership. Assignments are designed to help enable students work in context, e.g., designing a presentation to deliver to a board or justifying a particular fundraising approach to an executive director. Students complete a final project of their own, the topic of which you would be asked to begin thinking about early in the semester. The project can take many forms from a PowerPoint presentation to a research paper to a video and could focus on nearly any topic related to fundraising and advancement.

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