Welcome to the University of Miami Fundamentals of Philanthropy Certificate Program

Fundraising and nonprofit administration are emerging private sector areas, and  growing opportunities exist for those who possess knowledge of the nonprofit business structure and have a philanthropic drive to give back to the community. The University of Miami Fundamentals of Philanthropy Certificate Program teaches the unique blend of fundraising, leadership, and management skills needed to assist a nonprofit entity in making a sustainable contribution to society. Students will explore crucial aspects such as board governance and relations, nonprofit programming and financing, and community relations in the nonprofit sector. Additional topics include the evaluation of human resource issues for nonprofits, researching grant funding opportunities, and handling consulting contracts and business development issues.

This program is offered through the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami.

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Quick Facts About the Program

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  • Career Outlook

    Often overlooked in the business world, the nonprofit sector contains nearly two million organizations, provides jobs for 10.7 million people, and is the third largest employer in the United States. Nonprofit organizations seem immune to many of the hardships that have affected traditional businesses over the past decade, and their future looks even more promising. According to the 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey™, half of the existing nonprofits plan to create new positions in 2015 while a mere 4% plan to reduce their staff size. These numbers are far more positive than those of their private sector counterparts, making the nonprofit sector a welcoming avenue for many job seekers. 

    Nonprofits also focus on a diverse array of topics including education, politics, human rights, animal welfare, art preservation, and environmental issues. Workers with a wide range of interests and experience can find careers in a field they feel passionate about, and often at a higher pay rate than wages offered in the private sector. Social and community service managers, for example, who often work for nonprofit organizations, earn salaries that are nearly double the annual median wage for all workers, and the U.S. Department of Labor projects employment in this job category to soar 21% between 2012 and 2022.

  • What Will I Learn?

    This program is designed to cultivate a philanthropist’s ability to comprehend and harness the influences that drive human behavior, and then use that knowledge to create a sustaining philanthropic effort with the potential to touch millions of lives. Students will learn to determine which principles and beliefs define their own philanthropy, comprehensively research the problem they desire to influence and any elements that affect it, then explore specific issues which might impact their philanthropic undertaking. They will also gain proficiency in the skills and strategies necessary to balance the business aspects of their profession with their desire to facilitate positive change in the world. 

    Program learning outcomes include: identifying how philanthropists can contribute to charitable causes; understanding board governance and relations; examining programming, financing, and community relations in the nonprofit environment; evaluating human resource issues for a nonprofit entity; and researching grant funding opportunities.

  • How Will I Benefit From UM's Program?

    The University of Miami Fundamentals of Philanthropy Certificate Program is unique in that the learning outcomes are integrated using a facilitated, hands-on approach with module deliverables and application-based written assignments. The program components are supported by cooperative learning, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on teaching methods. Unlike programs based solely on theory, our program connects academics to the workplace by allowing students to experience learning applications based on real-world utilization of the program content, with the benefit of feedback from an industry professional who is an expert in the subject matter. The instructor also maintains a virtual open door to address questions, clarify program content, and interpret career learning connections. 

    During the course of the program, each student will create an ePortfolio of their completed assignments to showcase program learning and program outcome mastery. This is a valuable tool to demonstrate professional skills and knowledge to current or potential employers.

  • Is This Program Right For Me?

    This program is perfect for anyone seeking employment in the nonprofit sector, or for those interested in establishing their own nonprofit organization. 

    The online format gives students the freedom to work at their own pace, navigating through modules of content which build on topics presented in the program’s required textbooks. By reviewing custom-curated articles, websites, and other electronic materials, students will expand their knowledge and gain an understanding of current applications in the business sector. Interactive study tools allow students to review key terms and topics prior to written and objective assessments, and practice quizzes increase skill development and prepare students for module tests.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    The program is eight weeks in length.

  • Program Format & Location

    This program is available fully online.

  • Tuition & Fees

    The price for the course is $3,495, plus the cost of textbooks (approximately $285).

  • Financial Assistance Options

    To learn more, please speak with an enrollment advisor at (305) 284-4000.


  • What Can I Do After Earning The Certificate?

    Graduates leave the program with a new skill set which will enhance their resume, increase their value to their current and future employers, and showcase their active pursuit to gain the knowledge and skills needed for success in the nonprofit sector.

  • What Are The Requirements To Earn The Certificate?

    High school diploma

  • Required Courses

    The Fundamentals of Philanthropy, Effective Nonprofit Leadership Approaches, Developing Successful Nonprofit Partnerships, Nonprofit Management Theory and Practice, and Locating Research Grant Funding Opportunities.

  • Professional Badges



    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. Revolutionary learning experiences are created for our students to ensure that we meet the demands of the ever-changing economy. We continuously measure our programs’ core competencies, instruction, quality, standards, and service.

    The continuing education landscape has elevated an era of innovation and disruption and as such, the Office of Professional Advancement has instituted a badging system.  Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a badge, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

    How does it Work?

    Badges are earned by successfully completing a certificate program through the Office of Professional Advancement. * Upon completion, you will receive an email with instructions on how to collect your badge. Once collected, you can display your badge on social media sites like LinkedIn. Any potential employer will be able to click on the badge for a list of specific skills associated with the respective certificate received.

    *Please call us for a list of approved programs.

    For more information about our career and professional development badging, please call us at 305-284-4000.

  • Have Questions?

    For more information, please call 305-284-4000. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.

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