Diploma in Fundraising

Signifying excellence and your commitment to best practice

The Diploma in Fundraising is FIA’s premier education program, signifying excellence and your commitment to best practice.

If you wish to maximise your impact, raise your profile and enhance your skills in a growing sector, this is the course for you.

Completion of the Diploma will give you the knowledge and skills to lead the way, accelerate your career, and reach your personal and professional goals.

The course is available in online format only, with teaching support provided by the senior fundraiser tutors.

What you’ll learn

  • Fundraising strategy, ethics, ground rules and legislation
  • Marketing strategies for offline and online fundraising
  • Strategies for major gifts, gifts in wills, corporate programs, trusts and foundations
  • Leadership, motivation at work, team dynamics and performance metrics
  • Case studies from Australia and abroad


  • Sharpens and expands your skills as a fundraiser and leader in the sector
  • Brings you up to date with the latest trends
  • Helps develop strategic thinking
  • Improve fundraisers’ confidence
  • Adds depth of skills to a fundraising team
  • Gives you the opportunity to apply real life examples from your professional practice
  • Provides insight and additional learning through tutor interaction
  • Encourages you to apply your learning in an ethical context
  • Helps you to discipline your learning, encouraging lifelong learning

Who should attend

  • Australian and international fundraisers with at least three years’ experience
  • Fundraisers who may have undertaken prior FIA education programs
  • Experienced fundraisers who wish to advance their careers by updating their knowledge
  • Established fundraisers keen to move in a new direction or enhance their professional standing


Course Outline


What people say

“ I can thoroughly recommend the Diploma course. In my role I require a wide range of skills to cover all aspects of fundraising best-practice. This course is helping formally recognise my current skills while assisting me to expand my knowledge and our fundraising strategies into new programs. My tutor is fantastic and is always available to assist with questions or feedback during the assessments.”
Noel Henderson, Deaf Children Australia


“I would highly recommend the Diploma in Fundraising to anyone who is looking to improve their knowledge of fundraising management. The course was flexible, well structured and covered a broad range of topics. My tutor was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful and always on hand to offer help and support. I feel the knowledge I have gained has provided me with the necessary skills to grow and further my career.”
Niamh Brady – Marlin Communications


“This course filled in the theoretical gaps in fundraising skills learnt through experience. The benefit comes from practical application in the workplace as each module is completed.”
Pam Lake, Relationship Manger, The Leprosy Mission Australia


Online only
Professional Member $4,020
Staff of organisational member $4,550
Non-member $5,355
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Scholarship availability

Applications for the BMS Scholarship are now closed. Please click here for the details of this years scholarship.



Full participation in the Diploma in 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 (FFIA CFRE)

For almost 30 years Margaret Scott has been a fundraising leader, and a past chair of the FIA, winning the 2014 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year award. More

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. More