Free Certificate in Fundraising Essentials

Free Certificate in Fundraising Essentials

Learn the essentials of nonprofit fundraising with this free certificate program from NonprofitReady. Co-developed with CNM, these short courses cover the basics of fundraising and how to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors.

About Our Partner
Founded in 1986, CNM’s mission is to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners. CNM believes that thriving nonprofits are essential to a strong community, and we connect organizations with the expertise, partnerships, and tools needed to focus on their respective missions.


Certificate in

  • Course 1: What is Nonprofit Fundraising?
  • Course 2: Identifying and Cultivating Donors
  • Course 3: Soliciting and Stewarding Donors

How it works?

  1. Complete the three courses
  2. Pass the certificate exam
  3. Earn your certificate and badge

What will I learn?

Course 1: What is Non-profit Fundraising?
Learn the common fundraising areas, fundraising roles, and trends nonprofits use to raise money for their programs.

Course 2: Identifying and Cultivating Donors
Understand the cycle of fundraising development including how nonprofits identify major donors and the process of cultivation.

Course 3: Soliciting and Stewarding Donors
Learn how to conduct a solicitation meeting, overcome resistance, determine amount to ask for, and steward donors.

Not Applicable
Anytime, Anywhere
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1.5 hours (90 Minutes)
2.75 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application
A reliable Computer/ Laptop with microphone and webcam, Internet access preferably Broadband


About Us

We support non-profit professionals and organizations by providing access to free sector-specific learning so that they have the knowledge and resources to create transformative impact in their own communities.

With many non-profits committed to improving the lives of others and their communities, we want to ensure that the non-profits themselves have the resources and training they need to deliver on their missions. We launched Non-profit-Ready in 2014 to address this unmet need for anytime, anywhere access to professional learning for the non-profit sector. 

Our team includes experts in learning design and non-profit professional development. Our work is supported by experts from across the non-profit sector and eLearning industry who donate their time and share their knowledge in support of Non-profit-Ready’s mission. 

Non profit Ready is a signature program of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation—a non-profit committed to transforming the way people help people

Why Study at Non-Profit Study 

We partner with experts in non-profit management and online learning to make the best professional development resources available to you for free

Choose From Over 500 Free Learning Resources

We've curated hundreds of free online courses, videos, and downloadable guides to support the most common 

non -profit jobs including: Fundraising, Grant Writing, Leadership, Governance, Accounting and Finance, Operations, Marketing and Communications, Volunteer Engagement, and Program Management.

Reach Your Potential

More than 150,000 non-profit professionals use Non-profit-Ready to develop their skills. Whether you're at work, home, or your favorite cafe, it's easy to find new courses or pick up where you left off. 

Register now to find your first free course.

Yes, it’s really free!)

Accreditation/ Recognition


CFRE International administers a program for Non-Profit professionals to become a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Non-Profit-Ready is proud to be an approved provider of continuing education (CE) credits for CFRE. 

All on-demand courses in Non-Profit-Ready are 100% free. And we never share your personal information with any third parties.

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Duration: 1.5 hours (90 Minutes)