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Earn an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

Presbyterian College is partnering with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Lake Institute on Faith and Giving to offer, uniquely in the southeast region, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF).

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) is designed for religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles. The ECRF cover four key topics and includes select required reading to be completed in advance and the completion of a final project.

The ECRF provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers for faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational, and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions. These practices in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

The ECRF utilizes faculty presentations, interactive discussion, selected readings, and a context-specific final project to address:
• Nurturing Generous Congregations & Organizations
• Nurturing Generous Donors
• The Practice of Religious Fundraising
• Integrating Religious Leadership and Fundraising

This program allows students the opportunity to earn a certificate in fundraising as they explore motivations for giving in the nonprofit sector. The class begins with a required two and half days in-person teaching sessions, one follow up Zoom call, and ends with a practical application project.

Complete participation in this course qualifies for 22 Continuing Education Points toward the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program.

Charlotte Conference Dates
May 20-22, 2024

Covenant Presbyterian Church
1000 E Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204

The cost is $1350 with a $100 registration fee; this fee will be waived for PC alumni*. Continental breakfast will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday; and lunch will be provided on Tuesday. Hotel accommodations are not included in tuition costs.

For more information about the in-person teaching sessions, please email Perrin Tribble Andersen at For information regarding the certificate program and final project requirements, please visit

*Spaces are limited, so sign up soon.