Program Overview

Fundraising is a critical component of many organizations and sectors. According to Bay Path University's website, because of its emphasis on relationship building, the profession “has often been described as ‘friend-raising’.” While people skills are a must for this profession, equally as important are the planning and organizational skills to strategically go about fundraising efforts. Bay Path’s Master’s of Science in Strategic Fundraising & Philanthropy (SFP) degree helps students enter and succeed in the fundraising world.

Because of fundraising’s critical role in the success of many organizations (like nonprofits and educational institutions), there seemingly will never be a shortage in demand for good fundraisers. Bay Path’s SFP program prepares students to succeed in this career by outlining some of the critical components of successfully campaigning and fundraising. Students will learn more about strategic planning, fundraising vehicles (campaigns, events, etc.), organizational structure, how to identify potential funding sources, marketing methods, and more.

The program also recognizes the importance of building confidence in one’s own abilities and emphasizes the importance of knowing an organization’s story, how to best work with volunteers and staff at events and outreach, sticking to a plan, and making the eventual ask. Good fundraisers are good story tellers, knowing an organization’s history, mission, needs, current projects, and impact. With these skills, fundraising success is sure to follow.

Students have the choice of selecting one of two tracks to meet their individual needs: Nonprofit Fundraising or Higher Education Fundraising. Both tracks require students to complete 36 credits of course work to earn their degree. Of those credits, 30 (10 courses) are required and 6 (two courses) are elective. Courses include Donor Behavior and Giving Methodologies, Grant Writing for Corporations and Foundations, and Board Governance and Volunteer Management. Elective courses may be selected not only from this degree’s offerings but also from Bay Path’s Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy, Communications in Information Management, and Higher Education master’s programs.

Persons interested in learning more about this program are encouraged to join Bay Path faculty and staff in one of their informational webinars. Details on the webinar schedules can be found on the program’s website.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Bachelor's Degree

    School Overview

    Bay Path University, located on a 48 acre campus in the historic town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, is a private women’s college that was founded in 1897. At the time of its founding, Bay Path was located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and existed as a co-educational college that offered degrees in accounting, secretarial science, business teacher training and business administration.  The college moved its location to Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in 1945, at which time it became a single-sex institution, enrolling only women.

    Bay Path has an online program that is available for both men and women and is a flexible and supportive option for working adults that aspire to earn a degree, but are not able to attend campus classes due to their busy schedules. Students in the online program have the option of attending solely online, or if they are able to attend some classes on campus, they can combine the campus classes and online classes.


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