chalkboardRaising money feels like a never-ending challenge for all leaders, from program directors to senior pastors and presidents. The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising, designed by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, explores how to cultivate a spirit of generosity within a community of faith. It is designed for pastors, judicatory executives, clergy, development leaders of faith-based organizations and all people of faith who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles.


“Faith is an important factor in people’s giving. Questions of vocation, work, justice, the economy -- all these questions are ripe for exploration. Those entrusted to our care as religious leaders are hungry for conversations about these topics.”

David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

The certificate program includes an intensive four-day retreat, required readings, an online peer community and a final project designed to fit the needs of participants. Topics covered include:

  • Nurturing generous congregations and organizations
  • Nurturing generous donors
  • Fundraising as ministry
  • Shaping a theology of money

Register for the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising program

For inquiries about the program, please email leadership@div.duke.edu with the subject line: Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.

Cultivating a Mindset of Generosity

A mindset of generosity encourages seeing everyone — donors, members, clients, staff, friends — as people with all kinds of gifts to share. Money is only one part of the equation.

Questions We Answer

We know that you grapple with many difficult questions as a Christian leader. We want to help. Complex concerns about ministry can’t be fully addressed here, of course, but we provide a starting point for engaging the deep issues.

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