Why we do we need the Advanced Diploma in Fundraising?

With the launch of the new diploma, Paul Marvell explains why fundraising qualifications are vital for the sector and the individuals taking them

Paul Marvell
Paul Marvell

The Advanced Diploma in Fundraising, launched this week by the IoF, is the final piece in the jigsaw of the 4-tier qualifications framework, which we launched around three years ago.

The Advanced Diploma is unique. Although there are a number of higher education institutions in the UK offering masters level qualifications in non-profit studies of one sort or another, nowhere is there an international masters level qualification in fundraising. Through our alliance with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the European Fundraising Association, the Advanced Diploma has a common curriculum that will be taught in Europe and North America. This means that it will be the ‘must have’ advanced qualification around the world.

So if you want to develop your understanding of fundraising in the context of your organisation and society as a whole; if you want to stretch your skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation to the limit; if you want to understand how to represent fundraising better to your board and senior management team; if you want to understand philanthropic psychology and how to apply it, the Advanced Diploma in Fundraising could be for you.

However, it is not for the faint-hearted. You will be expected to complete about 600 hours of study over a full academic year, including attending two three-day residential teaching blocks and completing seven assignments. Because of the innovative teaching methods being employed by the course faculty headed by Professors Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang, you will be expected to engage with the course material and your fellow students in advance and between the teaching blocks.

This is a really exciting development for the sector, and fits in with other work the IoF are doing with leadership level fundraisers (watch this space). While I cannot foresee many of our existing fundraising directors beating down my door to get their place on the course, I am certain that we will have a healthy interest from their future successors!

Contact academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk to find out more or send us your CV to register your interest.

This article appears on a page edited by the Institute of Fundraising and hosted by ThirdSector.co.uk

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