ECRF Schedule

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

October 7-9, 2024

With a generous grant from the Duke Endowment, we are pleased to offer this cohort of the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) at no cost to United Methodist rural clergy in North Carolina.

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational, and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions. These practices in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

Who should attend:

United Methodist pastors of rural churches in North Carolina who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles.

Date and structure of program:

  • The class will meet beginning at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 7 through 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2024.
  • Location: Lake Junaluska (91 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745)
  • There will be one follow up zoom call on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00-5:00 pm Eastern.
  • Additional teaching materials and tools to apply course learning in participants’ church contexts will be provided for one year through Lake Institute’s online learning platform.
  • Participants complete a faculty-supported contextual fundraising-related project in their home ministry setting.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights of single occupancy lodging at Lake Junaluska (October 7-8)
  • All meals (lunch on October 7 through lunch on October 9)
  • If traveling with an infant, we will include lodging and meals for one caregiver.
  • Required and recommended reading materials will be sent to you in advance of the class.
  • Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course curriculum ($1,350 value).

What’s not included:

  • Travel expenses. (Please consider carpooling and/or using accountable reimbursement funds to cover your travel expenses.)
  • Lodging and meals for spouse traveling with you. (Our host site offers numerous recreational activities for modest fees during the day, and the group will have Tuesday evening after dinner free for rest and relaxation.)


Please contact Anne Brock with any questions,

For information regarding the certificate program and final project requirements, please visit