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.