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Welcome to the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy (IOP)! This is the schedule of IOP classes currently open for registration.

CFRE logoIOP strengthens the community by educating nonprofit professionals, volunteers, donors and community leaders in ethical and effective fundraising, marketing and board development strategies. We design our classes to meet the needs of a variety of nonprofit audiences. IOP offers coursework and week-long certification institutes in several areas for nonprofit staff, managers and board members.

Review some of our upcoming classes and institutes below, and use the navigation menu to view programs by category.

If you have questions about the Institute on Philanthropy, please contact IOP at (804) 287-1290 or

If you have questions about the registration system, please contact our Registration Coordinator at (804) 289-8133 or

Upcoming Courses


This is an intensive 2-day review class that covers fundraising topics to prepare for taking the CFRE exam. Participation in the AFP CFRE Refresher Course may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. It is designed to provide a review of concepts one should know at the five-year experience level.

Every day, 5/16/19 and 5/17/19 (starts earlier on 5/17/19), SPB, Room 204
Join us for an intensive 'redesigned' week-long program where the focus is on the 'Art and Science of Fundraising' and structured around the work that fundraisers do. The format of the week will follow the fundraising cycle and incorporate fundamentals, practical application, discussion of the ways of giving, and dedicated facilitated work time each day. Students will leave with a personalized plan of action based on their individual needs.

Every day, starting on 7/28/19 and ending on 8/2/19 - see Full Schedule for daily meeting times, TBD - UR Campus
Join us for a newly redesigned intensive one-week program (40 hours) where you will learn how to develop a comprehensive grant writing program. We recommend Grant Writers to attend with their Program Director/CEO. Topics covered include: What is Grant Ready, Understanding and writing about the Community Need, Program Design/Logic Model, Outcomes Measurement, Grant Research, Budgeting to tell the financial story, Navigating Support from Foundations & Corporations and Grants Stewardship Activities.

This course contains no sessions

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Join us for an intensive one-week program (32 hours) where you will learn how to develop a comprehensive planned giving program. A successful planned giving program is much more than soliciting gifts through wills. It is a process of understanding the donor's perspective, determining the best type of funding possibilities and strategies, researching and identifying donors, marketing the appropriate strategies, and managing a program and stewarding your donors.

Every day, starting on 9/23/19 and ending on 9/27/19 - early registration rate through 7/14/19
Strategic Communication for Nonprofits helps you develop the analytical insight and professional skills you need to elevate public awareness about your nonprofit and generate financial support for its mission. This week-long program has been redesigned based on input from students and industry leaders to focus on strategies that drive marketing and communication campaigns and determine the deliverables required to engage prospects.

Every day, starting on 11/10/19 and ending on 11/15/19 - early registration rate through 10/5/19, TBD - UR Campus