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Educational Programs

Through various styles of education, access to consulting, and support to meet nonprofit partners where they are, a variety of Nonprofit Forums and cohort-style educational series are offered to help nonprofits thrive.


Nonprofit Forums are regularly scheduled presentations by local or national experts, and range in topics from fundraising and development, to human resources, finance, and more. Nonprofit forums are currently virtual.


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The Board Series, offered in partnership with Aly Sterling Philanthropy, is an annual three-part series that covers the basics of board member responsibility, board governance, and relationships between the board president and the executive director. This cohort-style program accommodates a board president and executive director for up to 15 organizations. 


The Fundraising Leadership Academy is a cohort offered in partnership with Time, Talent, & Treasure. It is designed especially for central Ohio development professionals or executive directors who are serious about focusing on fundraising best practices and willing to share openly and learn from peers. The course features a robust fundraising curriculum, along with modules that allow nonprofit leaders to meet with other development professionals and potential Columbus-based corporate funding partners. Once a development professional completes this cohort, they are automatically inducted into an alumni group, which includes ongoing development opportunities. To be eligible, participants should have at least three years of experience. It is recommended that participants be full-time paid staff of the nonprofit they are representing. Volunteers, board members, and part-time staff are not eligible for this program due to the nature of the work and time commitment. This program is best suited for nonprofits located in and with a focus on central Ohio. To learn more and to be added to the list of interested organizations for the next cohort, please complete this brief survey here.


Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® Study Group

Each year, The Columbus Foundation partners with The American College of Financial Services to facilitate a study group for professionals who are interested in earning the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation. Ideal for nonprofit development professionals interested in expanding their expertise working with major gift donors, planned gifts, or gifts of complex assets, CAP® is a three-course, master’s-level credential offered by The American College of Financial Services. The courses provide fundraising professionals and professional advisors with a common body of knowledge and a common credential enabling them to collaborate effectively at the planning table as they help donors advance their highest aspirations for self, family, and society by utilizing the most effective philanthropic tax strategies, tools, and techniques. Each annual cohort is limited to 15 participants. Reduced pricing is available for nonprofit professionals. Learn more about participating in the CAP® program here.


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