ECRF Schedule

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

May 1 – July 3, 2024

Hosted by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving in partnership with United Church of Christ

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) is an eight-week online course with a practical application project.

It 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. Learn more.

Who should attend:

Religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles.

Date and structure of program:

  • The online learning platform opens Wednesday, May 1; the first plenary session is Wednesday, May 8.
  • The class will meet live online two (2) times each week, both via Zoom:
    – Wednesdays (May 8 – July 3): Interactive 90 minute plenary session at 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern Time.
    – Weekly facilitated one-hour peer group on Thursday, specific time chosen with registration.
    – Neither plenary or peer groups will meet June 19 or 20 in honor of the Juneteenth holiday.
  • Asynchronous learning through the learning platform.
  • In total, you can expect about four hours each week for synchronous and asynchronous lessons.

What’s Included:

  • Certificate Curriculum
  • Online learning platform

What’s not included:


  • $100 due at registration (Course is typically $1,350 but UCC is underwriting the majority of the cost for participants.)

Register today