The Fundraising Academy


The Fundraising Academy for Grassroots Organizations 
is a comprehensive fund development curriculum that provides a learning structure and concrete tools that participants can take back to their organizations and begin implementing immediately. The basic design of The Academy involves nine full days of interactive group workshops, peer learning exercises, reading assignments and grant proposal development. 



Course Dates:
Stay tuned for upcoming classes in 2020. Sign up to keep informed about upcoming classes.

$750 per attendee* ($2,500 value).  Special rates are made possible through the generosity of AcademyGO Leadership Circle Donors.

*As a benefit of membership, AcademyGO members receive an additional 20% discount.

To Be Selected
9 am until 4 pm


Those who graduate the Academy receive a certificate of completion, a notebook full of resources, a library of reference articles, a peer-reviewed grant proposal and, Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) certification educational units.

Who should participate?

  • New Executive Directors, Founders, or fundraising staff
  • Emerging leaders wanting to move up in their organizations
  • Volunteers wanting to help their organizations raise funds



Quotes from former learners when asked:
"What was best things about the overall Fundraising Academy?"

The variety of presenters, I always enjoy hearing the strategy of different people.  The years of experience that was brought to the class was phenomenal.

It was fantastic! I loved the things we learned, the opportunities to work together around the table and hear examples from each other of things we were learning and working on. I learned a ton of useful things to help propel our organization from where it is today into the hopeful future!

Learning different approaches to ask for funds—learning the importance of the Board’s participation in fundraising—the instructors were GREAT! - the small classes—the approachability of the instructors.

The hands-on tools that allow us to put theory into practice.

The feedback from peers and our mentor will make my proposals stronger.

AcademyGO is a “life-line” to nonprofit organizations in need of resources and education.


 Creation and Implementation of
 The Fundraising Academy has been
 funded in part by ...

Annenberg Foundation
Bank of America
Edison International
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Southern California Edison
The California Wellness Foundation
The Community Foundation 
TheWillmas Charitable Trust Fund at
    The Community Foundation

Weingart Foundation 
Wells Fargo
Union Bank
US Bank
Leadership Circle Members

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