Preparing Fundraisers for Greater Measurable Impact

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy offers educational and training programs to help nonprofit fundraisers significantly increase their capabilities and their impact on society. The cornerstone of the institute is the Cause Selling approach toward fundraising and donor relationships that blends the passion of philanthropy with an emphasis on proven business principles.

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle is part of a nationwide network of institutes led by the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, created through a very generous gift from T. Denny Sanford. Together we have developed educational curricula and resources shared by all affiliated Institutes.

Sanford Fundraising Academy™ Accelerate

The Sanford Fundraising Academy™ Accelerate is a training program for emerging fundraisers to learn how to effectively identify and build meaningful relationships with qualified donors. After this accelerated four-day course, graduates walk away with tools they can apply immediately to their current roles and lifelong skills for their fundraising careers.

You will learn:

• Fundraising fundamentals

• How to prospect and identify qualified donors

• How to cultivate strong donor relationships

• How to make a successful ask and steward donors


Earn CFRE credit hours! The Sanford Fundraising Academy™ Accelerate program is an approved Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program. Full participation is applicable for up to 28 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification





The Sanford Fundraising Academy™ Accelerate is a 4 session program, with one session per month, from March through June 2020. Your course completion will rely on you attending all the following sessions:

March 14th | 8am – 4:30pm

April 18th | 8am – 4:30pm

May 16th | 8am – 4:30pm

June 20th | 8am – 4:30pm



$320 — Early bird | Ends on 02/08/20

$400 — Regular

Breakfast and lunch for each session are included.



City University of Seattle

521 Wall Street

Seattle, Washington 98121


Self-Paced Nonprofit Leadership Course

The School of Applied Leadership in collaboration with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle offers a 10-module training course designed to enhance leadership and management skills of nonprofit professionals. Download the course fact sheet now. 

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