Core Education – Diploma

Diploma in Professional Fundraising

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Course Overview

An FIA Diploma in Professional Fundraising is a commitment to best practice and excellence in fundraising. This course aims to harness your passion for fundraising and to develop your fundraising expertise through strategic thinking, creative approaches to fundraising and nurturing donor relationships. You will develop your problem-solving and communication skills through practical hands on case studies, and activities with an organisational focus. This is a twelve-month course with compulsory and elective modules that will improve your prospects for career advancement.

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Course dates
OnlineAvailable to start any time
Prices Standard
Professional Member $3,985
Staff of organisational member$4,510
Non-member$5,090

Full participation in Diploma in Professional Fundraising is applicable for up to 180 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


Meet the tutors

Margaret Scott is smiling. She has red hair and is wearing a pink and white checkered suit.
Margaret Scott
FFIA CFRE

For almost 30 years Margaret Scott has been a fundraising leader. She is a past National Chair of FIA, a Fellow of FIA and maintains CFRE status. In 2014, she was awarded the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year and has been a tutor with FIA’s Diploma course since its inception. Margaret has completed two postgraduate degrees majoring in fundraising from QUT and considers herself to be a ‘lifelong learner’.

Chris Benaud has a big smile and is wearing a scarf.
Chris Benaud
FFIA CFRE

Chris Benaud is a highly-experienced fundraiser who has worked for leading not-for-profit organisations for almost 30 years. He has been involved with FIA training programs since 1998. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Fellow of the FIA, Chris’s qualifications include BA (Communication); MA (Communication Management); Cert IV – Workplace Assessment and Training.


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