June 3, 2010—The New York University School of
Continuing and Professional Studies today announced a new
professional Certificate in Global Philanthropy, designed to
deliver a focused education in fundraising and global
affairs to NGO programming and development professionals.
The program will begin in the fall 2010 semester.
Globally-Focused Nonprofits and NGOs
The new certificate responds
to the exponential growth of globally-focused nonprofits in
the past 20 years. For example, non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) affiliated with the United Nations now
number more than 3,100, up from approximately 700 in 1992.
These NGOs provide critical assistance across the world,
especially in developing countries, in providing basic needs
(water, food, shelter); developing political, economic, and
physical infrastructures; and monitoring human rights, among
many activities. Many NGOs work as sub contractors for
governmental and international agencies.
This growth in the number and
size and widening of responsibilities means NGOs need
ever-increasing public and private financial support and
thus benefit from professional staffers educated in the area
of global philanthropy.
Educates Fundraising, Foundation, and Program Professionals
Offered jointly by the NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman Jr.
for Philanthropy and Fundraising and the Center for Global
Affairs, the seven-course program can be completed within
one year of part-time study.
include Global Philanthropy; Law, Ethics and Board
Governance of Nonprofit Organizations; and NGOs in World
Affairs. Students can then customize their studies by
choosing four electives, two each from the global affairs
and philanthropy areas, from a total list of about 15
classes. Possible course choices cover areas such as
fundraising practices, grant writing, microfinance and
social entrepreneurship, government funding, advocacy, the
politics of humanitarian aid, corporate and foundation
philanthropy, international development policy, and other
The certificate is aimed not
only toward NGO programming and development staffers, but
also for those preparing to enter these areas and
professionals working at foundations and philanthropic
institutions in the private and public sectors.
“In today’s interconnected
world, the effects of economic crises, poverty, war, and
global warming are felt beyond national borders,” says
Vera Jelinek, divisional dean of the Center for
Global Affairs. “Thus, the public sector must respond to
issues globally; whether it is through programming or
through securing funding. And, this requires that
fundraisers understand the major issues confronting various
countries and that program areas understand how fundraising
supports sustainable programming for their organizations.”
“This new Certificate in
Global Philanthropy aims to bolster NGOs by ensuring that
their personnel understand both the programming needs and
the fundraising requirements of their organizations,” says
Naomi Levine, executive director of the Heyman Center.
“Because funding is the lifeblood of any nonprofit
organization, all nonprofit professionals—whatever their
function in the organization—must understand and actually
participate in the fundraising process to ensure success.”
Student questions regarding
the certificate program can be directed to the Heyman Center (212 998-6770 or
) or the Center for Global Affairs (212 992-8380 or
About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional
Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS
(www.scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting
schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile.
The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU
home for study and applied research related to key
knowledge-based industries where the
New York region leads globally.
This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate,
undergraduate, and continuing education programs in fields
such as Real Estate; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports
Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising;
Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts;
Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations;
with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts,
Translation and Interpreting, Information Technologies, and
Finance and Taxation. More than 100 distinguished full-time
faculty collaborate with an exceptional cadre of
practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant
professional and academic networks that attract some 4,200
degree-seeking students from every corner of the region and
In addition, the
School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education
needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by
55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized
certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and