Fundraising in a Crisis with IUPUI

Mar 15, 2021

Fundraising in a Crisis Certificate Program

Current Affairs: Crisis Management Certificate Program


Even during ordinary times, fundraising and financial viability are priorities for any organization. Now, as we pass one year of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraising has become even more urgent and vital.

For this reason, Co.act is pleased to offer nonprofit professionals a unique opportunity to gain a certification in fundraising from a leading institution in the field, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. The first cohort will take classes from April 15, 2021 to May 13, 2021, while the second cohort’s classes will take place from May 20, 2021, to June 17, 2021.

We’re offering this course at a cost of $700, which represents a discount of over 40% against the ordinary cost. We are currently in the process of awarding scholarships to organizations that I applied within the application window to ensure that those who traditionally haven’t had the same opportunities in the field — like professionals of color and/or folks from organizations with smaller professional development budgets — can be included in this professional development opportunity.

About the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy.

Established in 2012, the school was inaugurated in 2013 and named for one of America’s great philanthropic families in honor of their generations of generosity and leadership.

Indiana University has been at the vanguard of philanthropy education since the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University was founded at IUPUI in 1987. Led by the center, IU established the field of philanthropic studies; established the nation’s first bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in the field; and created the nation’s first endowed chair in philanthropy

Virtual Course List

 What’s Your Story: Making Your Case

A strong case for support that expresses your STORY is a key component for navigating through the short term, and for success in the long term. Your case for support expresses all the reasons your organization deserves philanthropic support. How do you translate that case across all your communications channels? In this course you’ll learn the art and science of nonprofit storytelling to build a case that inspires donors to give.​

New Frontiers in Digital Fundraising

As your constituencies continue to limit their activities beyond home, how do you keep your message front and center? With zoom calls, video chats, online games,eLearning, email and social media consuming our days, what can your nonprofit organization do to highlight your mission’s relevance and ask for support in compelling ways? In this course, you’ll learn new digital strategies and tools for creating engaging online content.

Capital Campaigns: Now What Do I Do?

Is your capital campaign in the early planning stages? In the silent phase soliciting lead donors? Or maybe it’s in the public phase, engaging a broadbase of donors to reach its goal. What do you do now that the global pandemic has changed everything? In this course you’ll learn strategies to approach your capital campaign whatever phase it’s currently in,and be better prepared to lead the campaign on a new trajectory.

Crisis Leadership: Responsive Fundraising

Effective crisis leadership is vital to the short-term survival and long-term health of your nonprofit, including your nonprofit’s fundraising. In this course, learn how crisis leadership is distinct from leadership in “normal times,” and how crisis communication strategies can build levels of trust that fortify fundraising success. Regardless of your job title, these research-based practices will enhance your nonprofit and fundraising leadership skills during this current crisis.

Boards of Directors: Now, More than Ever

Fundraising begins with the board. Organizations will best weather the current environment with strong boards who are invested in fundraising. In this course you will learn the importance of board engagement for fundraising and discover new ways to lead board members in this important organizational responsibility.

Applications ($700 tuition)
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