Message from the Co-Founder and Honorary Chair
Having been a faculty member, a dean, a provost, a chancellor, and a university president, I have experienced the overwhelming importance of philanthropy and fundraising. Without the financial resources raised by the dedicated men and women in fundraising, a university could not attract and hold distinguished faculty, could not provide them with state-of the-art classrooms and laboratories in which to do their teaching and research, and could not provide scholarships to attract the best and brightest students.
In short, fundraisers are critical to the existence of a university in every one of its essential roles and, indeed, to that of all nonprofit organizations. These organizations, the “ third sector” in American life, play a unique role in the functioning of our society.
The professional courses and certificates offered by the NYU George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising add immeasurably to the knowledge, both academic and professional, of men and women interested in making a life in this world.
The M.S. in Fundraising program is an important addition to the professionalization of this field, where opportunities exist not only to create an exciting career but also to make a lasting contribution to the functioning of American society.
Dr. L. Jay Oliva
Honorary Chair and Co-Founder, George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising
President Emeritus, New York University