VME 68xx: Fundraising and Development for Animal Welfare Organizations

Course Description

Understand how to create and maintain a successful development program that supports the important mission of an animal welfare organization.

Course Content

This course delves into the many elements of raising funds to support the mission and success of an animal welfare organization.  Students will explore different fundraising types, donor and business relationships, connecting mission to money and impact, and advancements and adaptations to the landscape of fundraising needs in animal welfare. Students will employ strategies in program design, grant writing, donor prospecting, storytelling, and organizational design to support fundraising goals and needs. Students ultimately will gain an understanding of how to run a successful development program that funds the philanthropic portion of a nonprofit organization budget.  

Enrollment Information

  • Course Lead Instructor: Deborah K. Turcott, Principal, ORIANA Solutions LLC 
  • Course Number: VME 68xx (TBD)
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Term: Fall/Spring (starting Fall 2021)
  • SyllabusSyllabus
  • Course Pre-Requisites/Co-Requisites: This course requires access to a nonprofit animal welfare organization and their development staff, fundraising program, and IRS form 990s.