The certificate program prepares students for careers in the growing field of development, institutional advancement, fundraising, donor relations, and public relations for nonprofit organizations.

The Certificate in Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication requires a minimum of 18 s.h. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate consists of core courses that provide a foundation in fundraising, writing, media production, and management of nonprofit organizations. Students also choose electives from a range of courses to support their interests in a particular area of nonprofit work. Most students will complete all four core courses. Some students may choose to take three core courses plus an additional elective.

Students majoring in journalism and mass communication may count toward the certificate a maximum of 7 s.h. of journalism credit (prefix JMC) that they earn for the major. The certificate cannot be used to satisfy the major's concentration area requirement. Students minoring in mass communication may count toward the certificate a maximum of 7 s.h. of journalism credit (prefix JMC) that they earn for the minor. Students in other majors should consult with their advisors to learn whether they may count certificate course work toward their majors.

When certificate students register for fundraising and philanthropy communication courses (prefix FPC) that are cross-listed with journalism and mass communication (prefix JMC), they should register for the FPC course number.

The Certificate in Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication requires the following course work.

Core Courses

Students earn a minimum of 9 s.h. in core courses, selecting from the following two sets of courses.

FPC:3100Fundraising Fundamentals3
MGMT:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
Must include at least one of these courses, with both recommended:
FPC:3185Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication3
FPC:3633Philanthropy Communication in a Digital World3-4

Electives and Optional Internship

Students complete a minimum of 5 s.h. in approved elective courses chosen from those listed below. Credit earned for the optional internship counts as elective credit.

The certificate program coordinator may add special topics courses that fulfill certificate requirements to this list.

Some of these courses have prerequisites, which students must complete before they register for the course. Some require special permission.

ARTH:1080Writing About the Visual Arts3
ARTH:3080Marketing, Promoting, Politicking Contemporary Public Art3
ARTS:3400Grant Writing in the Arts3
COMM:1130The Art of Persuading Others3
DPA:3510Introduction to Arts Management3
EALL:4130Introduction to Grant Writing3
ENTR:3500Social Entrepreneurship3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
HHP:3850Promoting Health Globally3
JMC:2200Principles of Strategic Communication3
JMC:3150Media and Health3
MGMT:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3
MUSM:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
POLI:1600Introduction to Political Communication3
SSW:2222Introduction to Social Work4
FPC:2100Internship in Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication1-3