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PSMA 7301 Nonprofit Fundraising, Development, and Grant Writing


Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

The course will examine the principles, techniques, and issues surrounding resource development in nonprofit organizations. We will examine various nonprofit fundraising strategies for resource development from private sources, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, including the annual fund, capital campaigns, and endowment support. Additional topics covered are the role of the board in resource development, ethical issues in nonprofit fundraising, and government regulations. Through the development of a grant for a nonprofit organization, this course will also provide a hands-on approach to grant writing and grant management. Students will be guided through the entire grant submission process, including proposal development, locating funding sources, and the reviewer evaluation. The course also includes a section on grant management, i.e., steering a grant through successful completion form the time of the grant award through completion of the grant evaluation.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of PSMA 7301, you will have the skills to:

  • Understand the basic principles and techniques for resource development in nonprofit organizations, with particular emphasis on developing and evaluating the nonprofit fundraising plan, the annual fund, capital campaigns, and endowment support.
  • Become familiar with the current issues in nonprofit fundraising development in the third sector, including the role of government regulation in resource development.
  • Exhibit knowledge of various techniques for raising funds from private sources, including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Appreciate and distinguish between the many roles of the board, staff, and volunteers in fundraising.
  • Understand the ethical principles and standards of professional practice in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Understand the process/components of grant submissions for both program and research grants.
  • Engage in developing and writing an effective grant proposal.
  • Apply valuable strategies in the submission process, including how to develop a budget.
  • Manage a grant after it has been funded.

Assignment Spotlight

Immigration Project

We will be collaborating with the Center for Community Research and Engagement on a project with First Friends of New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit committed to providing compassionate support and assistance to immigrants and refugees ( The class will meet via Zoom with Victor Salama, the executive director, during the first week to discuss the project. Following this meeting, students will develop a work plan, including the scope of the project and what the group plans to accomplish through this study. The work plan should outline steps the group will take to achieve the goals of the project. It should also include a timeline for the completion of individual project components, as well as a target date for completion of the project.

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