The School of Philanthropy

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motived by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

The ECRF is a program of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving offered in partnership and hosted by a partnering institution. Registration is administered by the partnering institution.

Who should attend: 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 program is open and specifically tailored to all faith traditions.

Typical titles of attendees include:

  • Clergy
  • Laity
  • Judicatory Executives
  • Development leaders and professionals at faith-based organizations

Full participation in the ECRF: Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising is applicable for 22 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


(1) Four one-day seminars (8:30am - 5pm)

  1. Nurturing Generous Congregations & Organizations

  2. Nurturing Generous Donors

  3. Fundraising as Ministry

  4. Shaping a Theology of Money

(2) Final Project

(3) Online Community available

(4) Required readings

COST : Registration per participants is $1,500 with an early bird rate of $1,200. Tuition covers the four one-day seminars, certificate curriculum, access to online community, breakfast and refreshments each day of the course. Host sites that provide meals and lodging may determine a modest cost increase. Additional participant expenses include travel, lodging, other meals and required readings.

Click here for a list of ECRF offerings