Core Education – Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has taken steps to ensure the health and safety of our course participants, tutors, members and staff. Our courses are offered in 3 formats: online (self-paced), online (tutor-led), and face-to-face with covid safe measures in place consistent with individual States’ guidelines. Please contact with any queries. 

Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Multiple3-6 monthsIntermediate
All StatesOnline

Course Overview

This course provides you with a comprehensive foundation in learning about every channel of fundraising and how to generate sustainable revenue streams. You will learn various models of fundraising practice, how to develop fundraising plans, how to create a a case for support, methods of acquiring and retaining donors, and how to nurture relationships for high value donations. You will also learn about practical, useful tools to fundraise ethically in an everchanging fundraising landscape. This course is comprised of compulsory and elective modules.

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Payment plans are available for this course. Contact the Professional Development team at for more information

Course dates

Online (self-paced)Available to start any time
Online (tutor-led)
Next class dates:
17-18 September 2020 (unit 1)
26-27 October 2020 (unit 2)
25-26 November 2020 (unit 3)
Registrations are now closed


*Use your 20% membership renewal discount code for this course.

Tutor-led Self-paced
Professional Member*$1,985 $1,490
Staff of organisational member*$2,235 $1,740
Non-member$2,625 $2,050

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Full participation in Certificate in Professional Fundraising is applicable for up to 59 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Heiko Plange MFIA CFRE
Head of Fundraising
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation

Heiko has extensive experience in developing and executing strategic marketing, major gifts fundraising and corporate partnership programs. He has previously worked across health, medical research, educational, community, and charitable organisations throughout Australia. Heiko holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance Investment and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. Heiko has been a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute Australia and has represented Western Australia on the State Executive since 2010.

Maisa Paiva MFIA
Digital Strategy Manager
Cerebral Palsy Alliance

An activist at heart, Maisa is an experimental marketer. Her vision is to be a social change agent at a global level. Maisa is an expat Brazilian who moved to Sydney, Australia, in 2003. She is a life-long learner and has a bachelor degree in Graphic Design, formal qualifications in Website Development, Multimedia, Marketing & Business and in Fundraising Data.

Bianca Crocker CFRE FFIA
Founder & Managing Director of Fish Community Solutions and the Small Non-Profits Alliance

Bianca has had over a decade’s experience in the non-profit sector and is passionate about creating positive change through inspiring people to be more philanthropic. In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural FIA Young Fundraiser of the Year and was a finalist in the Global Fundraiser of the Year.

Bianca is an enthusiastic fundraiser who holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation. She believes small charities can have a big impact in the world and runs a coaching and consulting business, Fish Community Solutions, as well as the Small Non-Profits Alliance to support them achieve their goals.