News: Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Announces Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) is available to Allen County Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is excited to partner with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to bring their highly regarded Fund Raising School to Fort Wayne. This spring and summer, participants will be able to receive their Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) through a four-course curriculum being offered locally.

“We recognize the important role nonprofit organizations play in creating a vibrant and thriving community, so we’re honored to help support this important program designed to provide skills-relevant training and resources to those who serve our local nonprofits,” said Brad Little, President and CEO. “By working, learning, and growing together, we’ll all be able to better drive social impact, usher in positive change, and solve some of our community’s most complex challenges.”

While the Community Foundation brought the School of Philanthropy to Fort Wayne in 2018 and 2019, CFRM courses had only been available to nonprofits willing and able to invest in sending staff down to Indianapolis for several multiple day courses, making the program cost prohibitive for many smaller nonprofits.

The local four-course curriculum will begin in March and end in late June, with one course offered per month. Due to space limitations, participation will be limited to one person per organization. The total cost for the full course curriculum is $1,500 and participants must attend all four sessions in full. Each course will be taught by instructors from the Indianapolis-based Fund Raising School and will be held in the Chapman Room at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

The full course schedule and offerings are as follows:

Principles and Techniques of Fundraising: March 28 through March 31 (4 day course)
Developing Major Gifts: April 26 through April 28 (3 day course)
Developing Annual Sustainability: May 24 and May 25 (2 day course)
Managing the Capital Campaign: June 21 through June 23 (3 day course)

“Opportunities like this can truly alter the course of an entire organization,” said Christine Meek, Vice President of Nonprofit Excellence. “This curriculum allows both development professionals and beginners to learn and grow in a familiar setting with a committed cohort. Doing so naturally strengthens the participants, their organizations, and the local nonprofit community as a whole.”

Interested individuals are encouraged to sign-up quickly, as seating is limited to 28 participants and spots are expected to fill up fast. Full details and registration information are available on the Community Foundation website at

For nearly 100 years, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has been a public charitable foundation serving Allen County since 1922. The Community Foundation had assets of approximately $183 million at December 31, 2020 and awarded more than $7.9 million in charitable grants and scholarships in that year. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne does three things: help people make their charitable giving more impactful, connect funding to nonprofits through effective grantmaking, and provide leadership to address community needs to improve quality of life. Every day we connect people and resources to build a more vibrant community.