Now is the best time ever to be a professional in the world of philanthropy and fundraising. Why? Because every cultural, educational, and nonprofit institution or organization has an urgent and growing need for financial support from the private sector; and because assisting institutions and organizations to be financially secure is one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers a person can have. Moreover, foundations and other grantmaking organizations are becoming increasingly focused and sophisticated in their grantmaking. The need for trained professionals and for informed and knowledgeable philanthropists has never been greater.
At the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, we are developing the next generation of strategic thinkers through our professional courses and certificate programs. Although many of the courses open the door to beginners, we believe they also offer a firm grounding for all professionals in development and philanthropy.
The Center’s M.S in Fundraising and Grantmaking courses, which are taught by highly successful practitioners and scholars, explore the dynamics and the strategies of fundraising and philanthropy. They offer rare opportunities for one-on-one discussion and for contact with course leaders.
There are hundreds of job openings for fundraisers today, and salaries are good. At the Heyman Center, we strive to professionalize the field, and to give people an opportunity to acquire the skills that will enable them to take a dream and make it a reality.
Naomi Levine, B.A., LL.B., J.S.D.
George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising