Certification Course for Major Gift Fundraisers

In this comprehensive training, you’ll discover the proven principles of The Veritus Way and how to apply them for major gift success.

Participants who complete the course in full will become Veritus Scholars.

Whether you’re a frontline fundraiser or a non-profit leader, we’ve got a foundational major gift fundraising course that’s right for you. If you’re in a leadership or management role, be sure to check out our Certification Course for Fundraising Managers and Executives.

Registration for the June course ends in:








What you will learn:

  • How to take your fundraising program to the next level
  • Tools you can use for years to come
  • Skills for your own professional development
  • Proven ways to increase major gift revenue
  • The key to experiencing joy in your work


What you need to know:

  • This course is self-paced and allows you to interact in a multi-media learning experience (webinars, videos, podcasts, readings, and group calls) on your own schedule during the 13-week course period.
  • There are 8 modules in this course. You should estimate 3-5 hours of work per module. Each module does vary, so we recommend setting aside time each week to stay on top of your course work.
  • When you complete the course and submit your assignments, you’ll earn 36 CFRE Credits. Upon completing the course, you will also earn your Veritus Scholar certificate.
  • Our peer group discussion calls for this course are recommended, but not required. These calls are a time to be live with a Veritus expert and ask questions, seek guidance on implementation, and share ideas with your fellow participants. All calls are recorded and will be made available to participants within 24 hours.

Delane Bailey-Herd

Food For The Poor Inc.

After 11 years on the program staff, I felt frightened when I joined the Major Giving team. But after taking a Veritus Group Academy course and our organization’s consulting with Veritus, I gained the confidence to recognize that when a relationship of trust has been established…


Steve Gilmore

American Cancer Society, North Central Region

“The Veritus Group Academy is one of the finest instructional and developmental experiences in which I have participated that focuses on practical and necessary practices for developing donor investment and understanding…


Elena Uhing

Williamette West Habitat for Humanity

“Well, what an exciting ride the MGO program has been for me! There were times when I was invigorated, overwhelmed and soul searched about my role in the MGO arena. But, I found so much valuable information and skills…


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 course is for you if you are:
  • Eager to better focus on the right donors with the right plan and goals in place
  • Ready to learn how to talk more confidently to donors
  • Looking to be more successful year after year
  • An MGO who would love to be successful and have more joy in your work
  • Longing to have a community of other MGOs whom you can share ideas with
  • Interested in learning through different types of media
  • A new MGO who is eager to learn as much as you can
  • A veteran that would like to brush up on your knowledge and skills

Does any of this speak to you?

Featured Review:

Delane Bailey-Herd

Delane Bailey-Herd


“Through Major Gift Academy, and continued work one-on-one with a Veritus consultant, I’ve gained a better understanding of each step in the process, and I’ve built a terrific foundation for getting better results. The training I received helped me to carefully and systematically plan frequent touch points with the donors on my portfolio, so I could better discover the passions and interests of the donors I work with and match it with their resources.

This course and the continued consulting with Veritus gave me the confidence to recognize that when a relationship of trust has been established, I can be fearless in my approach when asking for a much-needed gift for a worthy cause”

Q & A

You probably have some questions about these courses, or even which one would be right for you:

I work with donors, but I also have management responsibilities. Which course should I take?
Both courses teach you the principles of The Veritus Way of working with donors, but only the course for Managers and Executives gives you management tools.
I've been in major gift fundraising for a long time. Will I get anything out of this?

We’ve had glowing reviews from both novices and long-time fundraisers who have taken this course. If you’re not already using The Veritus Way to qualifying and tiering donors, setting goals and communication plans, presenting asks to donors, and keeping your focus on partner relationships, then you’ll get a lot out of this course.

Will I have time for this course?
We get it – fundraising is a lot of work! This course can be done on your own schedule over 13 weeks, but you will need to find 3-5 hours to work on each of its 8 modules. If you can structure this time into the next 3 months, you can do it!
Do you offer individual coaching sessions?

Individual coaching sessions are offered as an optional add-on for participants in our Certification Courses. For an additional $275 per month (total cost: $3,300), our individual coaching option is a fantastic way to receive personalized guidance as you implement The Veritus Way into your work.

The coaching package includes 12 monthly sessions where your Veritus coach will support the integration and application of your learning and provide a source of accountability, encouragement, and guidance. Each session is 45-minutes long, with some minor prep or follow-up required as directed by your coach.

The commitment is for a year, but you can cancel with one month’s notice at any time. You’ll have the option to sign up when you complete your course registration.

Choose the session that’s right for you.

The next session starts on August 26, 2024. Register today!

Regular price: $1,997

Enrollment is now open for 2024 classes!
Choose your session.

August 26, 2024

Cost: $1,997

Have questions? Call us at (859) 212-6262

“I brought my team of fundraisers to VGA so we could speak a common language. We have experienced tremendous success implementing The Veritus Way, and I would recommend putting every MGO through this course.”

— Rob Smoot, LDS Philanthropies