International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising

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Need to direct and lead fundraising, planning, analysis and forecasting at the highest level?

Want to create an environment that enables fundraising to flourish and demonstrate your commitment to the evolution of the fundraising profession? The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising could be for you.

The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising was one of the most valuable pieces of training I’ve done in a long while. It taught me a new way to think and has had a lasting impact on the way I approach challenges. I apply the principles it taught me on a daily basis, and the colleagues I met through the programme are an invaluable support network.

Abbie Carr MInstF(AdvDip), graduated 2017

Who is this qualification for?

You are expected to have been working at a senior level for a minimum of five years with a proven knowledge of each major area of fundraising and experience of senior fundraising management. The content is highly strategic – you will need skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation to succeed.

What are the benefits to you and your organisation?

You will be enabled to lead organisational growth and increase impact. You will understand how the application of your extensive practice and management skills combined with academic knowledge and research can help an organisation to double, triple (or more), fundraising income in less than ten years. By challenging yourself and the organisation you work with, you will be helping to define the fundraising profession. Through your success, your organisation will be helped to fulfil its mission and produce greater impact.

What will you learn?

The International Advanced Diploma teaches you how to create the institutional environment to enable fundraising to flourish – it does not teach fundraising. The knowledge audit will help you assess whether you are ready to meet the challenge. 

Further details


You must complete and pass seven formal written assignments. The qualification is taught at level 7, Masters degree level.

Course format

You are taught via blended learning, with face-to-face (two 3-day teaching blocks) and online elements. You are expected to engage with the course material and your fellow students in advance, between and after the teaching blocks.

The approach is innovative; it is primarily delivered through Active Learning and Just in Time teaching approaches.


This is a demanding year-long course; you are expected to commit approximately 10-12 hours a week until the completion of the programme. This amounts to approximately 600 hours of individual study.

You will be required to submit a CV as part of the application process. You will also be required to complete a knowledge audit as part of your pre-course activities.

Once you have successfully enrolled on the course, your timetable will include:

Fees and membership

Please see the training, events, qualifications and resouces listing for upcoming course dates and fees.

There is a member and a non-member rate. The non-member rate includes membership.

Fees include access to all online course materials, Individual Membership, two three-day teaching blocks, student support and supervision and assignment grading. You will need to purchase the two core course textbooks yourself directly at additional cost.

If you are not yet an Individual Member your first year's membership is included with the non-member rate to enable you to access the full range of member benefits during your course. You must hold a valid Individual Membership while studying for a qualification.

Booking terms and conditions apply for all qualification courses. 

Please note if you are a new member you will need to provide a reference to complete your membership application and our membership team will get in touch with you to arrange this on receipt of your booking. You can visit our membership pages for more information.

The International Advanced Diploma has been developed in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the European Fundraising Association, and is recognised throughout Europe and North America.

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