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Veritus Group Academy is your one-stop source for courses for anyone involved in major gift, mid-level or planned giving fundraising for non-profits. VGA courses offer comprehensive or single-topic trainings without the travel and lodging costs of other courses. You get personalized check-ins, group discussions, and high-quality materials that have been tested and proven effective in implementation.

Upcoming Course Offerings

Certification Course for Major Gift Fundraisers

Whether you’re a new fundraiser or experienced and looking for new tools and skills, this course is for you. This online course offers comprehensive training in The Veritus Way of major gift fundraising. You will be guided through a progressive learning track which builds upon each topic with engaging media and readings, real-world exercises, and actionable skills. You’ll receive practical applications and tools, as well as a flexible training path that works with your schedule. Participants take 36-42 hours to complete this 8-module self-guided course over a 13-week period

Choose your session:
  • February 14 to May 13

  • June 6 to September 12

  • August 29 to December 2

Cost: Group and early registration available.

Certification
  • 36 CFRE Hours upon completion
  • Completion makes you a Veritus Scholar

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Certification Course for Fundraising Managers and Executives

Management of a major gift program requires knowledge, skills and tools rarely taught in school. And if you’re coming from other areas of fundraising or non-profit management, there are differences you need to be aware of. This course will provide a grounding in major gift fundraising philosophy along with concrete tools and guidance to help you manage your staff, budgets, inter-departmental relations and overall program. This course is ideal for both new and experienced managers and executives. Participants take 36-42 hours to complete this 8-module self-guided course over a 13-week period.

Choose your session:
  • February 14 to May 13

  • June 6 to September 12

  • August 29 to December 2

Cost: Group and early registration available.

Certification
  • 36 CFRE Hours upon completion
  • Completion makes you a Veritus Scholar

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Certification Course in Mid-Level Fundraising

Mid-level fundraising is a growing priority for nonprofits. This course offers comprehensive training for leaders and mid-level fundraising staff to learn the structure and systems to build or improve your mid-level program. You will be guided through the key components needed to ensure your program is set up right, common challenges we see organizations experience, and strategies necessary to have a successful and thriving program. Participants take 36-42 hours to complete this 6-module self-guided course over an 11-week period. If you need to add mid-level fundraising to your program, or your current program is struggling, this is the course for both your managers and front-line staff.

Choose your session:
  • March 7 to June 3

  • June 20 to September 16

  • September 19 to December 16

Cost: Group and early registration available.

Certification
  • 36 CFRE Hours upon completion
  • Completion makes you a Veritus Scholar

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Making Effective Donor Asks

How do you move from hesitation to enthusiastic asking? This six-week-long course moves you past your fears and into active engagement with your donors’ giving. It teaches the important structure and planning needed to ask for the gift, and it will help you to have meaningful conversations with donors at every stage of the relationship. This course uses a new and innovative model called Permission-Based Asking™ as a path to successful asking. As a participant, you will also receive one-hour of one-on-one consulting with a Veritus coach who specializes in working with major gift fundraisers. Your coach will help you identify and overcome your barriers to making the ask.

Choose your session:
  • January 24 to April 1

  • May 9 to July 15

  • September 12 to November 18

Cost: Group and early registration available.

Certification
  • 17 CFRE Hours upon completion

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving Principles for Every Fundraiser’s Success

The time is now for the standard planned giving approach to move into a new and modern strategy that better serves planned giving donors and supports a healthier donor pipeline. The current planned giving philosophy is unproductive and has loaded Planned Giving Officers with work that doesn’t keep them focused on the right donors. By refocusing the strategy, involving the right people, and beginning to shift the approach, you’ll be able to create a more productive program that supports the whole pipeline.

Register here: March Class | August Class | October Class

Choose your session:
  • March 14 to April 22

  • August 8 to September 16

  • October 31 to December 9

Cost:  $497

Certification
  • 11 CFRE Hours upon completion

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Discovering Your Donor's Passions and Interests

Discovering Your Donor’s Passions & Interests

Do you know your donor’s passions and interests? We mean, really know them? If not, that’s not uncommon. Many organizations and fundraisers struggle to learn their donor’s the true passions and interests because other things get in the way. If you are ready to learn how to truly discover your donor’s passions and interests and how to use that information to better serve your donor, then this course is for you!

Register here: November 2021 Class | February Class | April Class | August Class | November 2022 Class

Choose your session:
2021:
  • November 15 to December 17

2022:
  • February 14 to March 11

  • April 25 to May 20

  • August 15 to September 9

  • November 14 to December 16

Cost: Group and early registration available

Certification
  • 6 CFRE Hours upon completion

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The Economics of the Major Gifts Pipeline

Touch Points: Connecting with Donors

Donors often stop giving because they were never told that their gifts made a difference. This course will show you how to create a steady stream of personalized, one-on-one touches that inform donors how their gifts are making a difference, keeps them engaged, and shows gratitude. This course on Touch Points will help you understand how to plan, create and schedule personalized communication that is driven by donors’ passions and interests.

Register here: On-Demand

Choose your session:
  • On-Demand (start any time)

Cost: Group and early registration available.

Certification
  • 6 CFRE Hours upon completion

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Planned Giving

VGA Monthly

Are you ready to make some changes to your approach to fundraising that will help you build authentic and meaningful donor relationships, increase net revenue, and strengthen your organization’s donor pipeline? Small, incremental changes can make a significant impact and give you more focus and direction with you donor strategy. This monthly subscription program delivers bite-sized content on topics critical to your fundraising success. Each month, we’ll teach you about a valuable topic and provide a direct pathway for integrating it into your practice of fundraising.

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Cost:  $27/month