The Fundraising Lab

Online fundraising courses for individuals and groups working for nonprofit organizations and charities


Fundraising is an art and a science

To be successful at raising money, you need to learn the practical skills and best practices to get your fundraising program off the ground. But you also need to learn how to think strategically, be flexible and build relationships.

We're here to help you learn both. 

Raise more money

One step at a time. We take the complexity out of fundraising by breaking material down into manageable steps. 

In each course you will be provided with step-by-step instructions and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions if you get stuck. 


All learning opportunities are interactive, complete with question and answer opportunities, group calls or 1:1 instructor mentorship so that you get the attention you need to succeed. 


We encourage experimentation, this is the Fundraising Lab after all! But what we want most is for you to learn the fundraising fundamentals, so that when it comes time, you can break the rules intelligently. 


We're passionate about embarking on a shared learning journey - we're all in this together! Learn from the experiences and challenges of other fundraisers as you progress through your course together. 

Tried and tested

All of the material and approaches shared in our courses have been developed and tested through decades of front-line fundraising and teaching in colleges and universities.

Our innovative approach to teaching ensures you are prepared for the challenges fundraisers face today.


Sign up to receive free resources and special offers from The Fundraising Lab to set you on the path to raising more money in support of your mission today! 

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Spark Community Membership

Join with me and co-create a community that includes the type of support I wish I had had earlier in my career.

I was blessed to have the BEST. BOSS. EVER. and mentors who held my hand through a lot of my early career. And I hope that in this community, I can pay some of their generosity forward. 

Selfishly, I also look forward to co-creating a community with you and seeing what we will learn together. Because I know I'm going to learn a lot from being part of this community. And life-long learning is kind of a thing for me.

Because here’s the thing: fundraising is complex.

You can't EVER know it all. It's a lifelong learning journey and even when you don’t know it, you’re expected to take decisive action.  And still raise money!

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Developing Your Strategic Fundraising Plan: 

From Fundamentals to Fairy Dust

Online Program

If you want to learn how to raise more money for your important mission, ask for tips about how to raise money during a crisis AND have a community of people to talk to about your current challenges, sign up now!

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Free Resources

Fundraising's Enabling Ecology Approach

By Cathy Mann, MA, CFRE

Too often in charitable organizations, fundraising is seen as distinct from delivering on mission.  Yet fundraising cuts horizontally across an organization, touching virtually every aspect of its work.  You can’t simply work hard at fundraising, you must also work hard at creating the right environment – the enabling ecology – for fundraising to thrive.

Learn how to increase your chances of fundraising success by creating an enabling ecology


Fundraising Readiness Checklist

Does your organization have a strong foundation for fundraising success? This checklist is designed to help you build an enabling ecology in support of fundraising and better understand the strength of the fundraising ecosystem at your organization.

Identify where your organization is already strong or where it needs some work.



Updates, resources and special articles to guide your fundraising learning journey


Increase your chances of fundraising success

Get instant access to the free resource Fundraising's Enabling Ecology Approach and learn how to create the right environment for your fundraising program to thrive.