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Fundraising as a Career

Approved for 3.75 CFRE hours

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Thinking about a career in fundraising, already in the field but need to know how to succeed at it or looking to hire a fundraising person and are not sure what to look for? You’re not crazy, trust me! This course will cover what type of fundraising jobs are out there, what you need to land a job, and what you need to be successful at it. In this four-lesson course, you’ll learn:

  • What it means to work in the nonprofit sector
  • What type of options there are in fundraising
  • What skills you need to be successful
  • What it takes to advance in the field

Lesson Summary:

  • Lesson One: What Does It Mean to Work in Philanthropy—how large is the sector, what kind of salaries are customary?
  • Lesson Two: Is Fundraising for You—do you have the skills and personality? What paths do people take to enter fundraising?
  • Lesson Three: What Jobs Are Available and What Does It Take to Succeed—are you a generalist or a specialist? Do you want to work in a small shop or a big office?
  • Lesson Four: Succeeding and Growing—what chances are there for advancement and what skills do you need to acquire to advance in the profession?

The recommended materials for this course are:

Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy? (In the Trenches)


Your Instructor


Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE
Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

I've always loved to write and teach. I am proud to say I am an accomplished (and more importantly, published) author, having had twenty-five books published.

I am one of slightly more than 100 professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In my thirty years as a philanthropic consultant, I have managed capital campaigns, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 40,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty states in the US, in addition to leading hundreds of virtual training programs with a world-wide audience.

I am especially proud of my affordable and comprehensive Linda Lysakowski's Nonprofit Courses, which I am adding to all the time!

I am a graduate of Alvernia University and a Master Teacher graduating from AFP’s Faculty Training Academy.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is closed for enrollment.