The Graduate Microcredential in Nonprofit Fundraising is an intensive program to enhance nonprofit professionals' fundraising capabilities, including Executive Directors, Development Officers, and other development staff. This program offers a deep dive into effective fundraising strategies, ethical practices, donor engagement, and the use of digital tools for campaign management. Through online learning, workshops, and practical exercises, participants will gain hands-on experience, preparing them to implement advanced fundraising techniques and build meaningful donor relationships.

Upon completing the program, participants will be skilled in navigating the fundraising landscape, understanding donor psychology, and leveraging technology for targeted campaigns. They will also be well-versed in ethical fundraising, ensuring transparency and integrity in their efforts. Graduates will become part of a network of nonprofit leaders, enhancing their capacity for collaboration and innovation in securing resources for their organizations. This microcredential empowers nonprofit professionals to support their mission effectively with strategic, ethical fundraising approaches.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


This program is offered to UWM graduate students already enrolled in another degree or certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA and non-degree or special students enrolling in credit-bearing microcredentials. Non-Degree Students enrolled in this program are generally not eligible for financial aid.

Credits and Courses

Required Courses
BUSMGMT 721Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations3
ENGLISH 443GGrant Writing3
NONPROF 795Introduction to Nonprofit Revenue Streams and Portfolios3
Total Credits9

Note: Microcredentials do not automatically stack to a degree. A maximum of 12 credits earned as a nondegree student can be transferred to a graduate degree program. Students wishing to stack microcredentials to a graduate degree will need to apply to the degree at or under 12 credits to have coursework count toward their degree. 

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit

This program does not allow transfer credit.