The Association Fundraising Professional Certificate Program

The Association Fundraising Professional Certificate Program 

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Designed for individuals with less than 2 years of professional fundraising experience. These six self-paced modules provide a fundamental level of fundraising knowledge to animal welfare leaders. 

Modules in the Professional program:

I. Fundraising in Animal Welfare
II. Building A Sustainable Resource Engine: Annual Giving
III. Special Events
IV. Stewardship & Donor Relations
V. Digital Fundraising & Strategies
VI. Generational Giving

You may earn 6 hours of CAWA CE upon successful completion of the Fundraising Professional Certificate Program. This program has also been approved by CFRE for 6 CEs.

BULK REGISTRATION: Enroll 5 or more of your staff/volunteers for the program at once and save $50 per person. Not valid with other discounts. Contact learning@theaawa.org for instructions.

The Association Fundraising Executive Certificate Program

The Association Fundraising Executive Certificate Program 

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Designed for individuals with more than 2 years of professional fundraising experience. These six self-paced modules provide a high-level overview for experienced animal welfare leaders to enhance and advance their fundraising program.  As a prerequisite to these modules, participants are expected to have a general understanding of annual giving, fundraising terminology, and the effective use of marketing and communications.

Modules in the Executive program:

I. Program Evaluation
II. Planned Giving
III. Effective Boards
IV. Prospect Research 
V. Major Donors & Campaigns
VI. Grant Writing 

You may earn 8 hours of CAWA CE upon successful completion of the Fundraising Professional Certificate Program. This program has also been approved by CFRE for 8 CEs.

BULK REGISTRATION: Enroll 5 or more of your staff/volunteers for the program at once and save $50 per person. Not valid with other discounts. Contact learning@theaawa.org for instructions.

Program Developer

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A career fundraiser, Michael J. Buckley, CFRE is a non-profit consultant, coach, and speaker whose work focuses on small and medium-sized non-profit organizations.  As President of The Killoe Group, Mike's extensive experience includes annual campaign audits and management, capital campaign leadership, feasibility studies, interim and ad-hoc program leadership, board governance and capacity building. 

Previous to his consulting career, Mike served as the Chief Philanthropy & External Affairs Officer at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Albany, NY. In this role, Mike had overall responsibility for unrestricted, capital and legacy giving as well as strategically increasing the exposure of the organization.  Mike lead the organization’s first capital campaign which resulted in a 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art Animal Care Center.

The Association asked Mike to develop these two certificate programs after his presentation at our Spring Conference in 2019.