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Summer course to focus on fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising

March 16, 2010

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The Department of Recreation and Sport Management and the American Humanics Nonprofit Management Certificate Program are proud to announce a new Summer I course:

RCSM-448-001: Special Topics and Experimental Course Offerings

Fundamentals of Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Professor: Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel, CPRP, CFRM, IYD
Summer I - 5 Week Session (6/7/10-7/9/10); CRN: 30901
M, T, W, and Th from 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. in Arena Room C-61
*Note: This course can be taken by graduate students via RCSM-690: Independent Study.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to explore the art and science, as well as the theory and practice, of fundraising for nonprofit organizations. This course will cover the spectrum of professional fundraising techniques and vehicles, including: donor motivation, donor prospecting, relationship cultivation, preparing case statements, annual funds, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, special events, and online/social networking fundraising. This course will also discuss fundraising ethics and legal issues, technology and software, related professional organizations, professional development, and continued education. The importance of an integrated fundraising program with organizational strategic planning, program design and evaluation, volunteer management, and marketing will be discussed. Technology and software highlighted in this course will include e-Tapestry, Raisers Edge, and DonorPerfect. Grant proposal writing will be given little attention in this course.

This course requires community engagement and service-learning project(s). Students should plan on out-of-class assignments that require visits and interactions with nonprofit organizations and local nonprofit professionals.

The course is structured specifically to meet several of the American Humanics competency requirements for certification, including the areas of: fundraising principles and practices, budget and finance, program planning and evaluation, volunteer management, and nonprofit marketing.

This course will count for the "Marketing or Fundraising" elective for the American Humanics program and will count towards the 9 directed elective hours of the Recreation Management and Youth Leadership Minor.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel at 812-237-2189 or

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