Press Release   •   Feb 02, 2011 02:47 EST

Philadelphia, PA – February 02, 2011 - Educators in Philanthropy now offers a special, novel approach by training volunteers along with professional staff. A low-cost course in nonprofit fundraising for volunteer fundraisers, as well as individuals new to nonprofit development, experienced professionals who want to broaden their skills, and people seeking a career change.

"Volunteers are extremely important in fundraising today," said Robert Wombwell, a faculty member and leader of Educators in Philanthropy, "especially given the focus at many nonprofits on reducing personnel expenses. We are pleased to be able to offer an affordable course in fundraising to help dedicated volunteers, as well as professional fundraisers, to raise the funds necessary to accomplish the important work of their charities in our region."

The course, "Introduction to Fundraising," covers the basics of annual giving, direct mail, special events, corporate giving, foundation grants, volunteers and boards, major and planned gifts, donor relations, ethics, strategic planning, and other topics. Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate from Holy Family University.

"Introduction to Fundraising" will be offered February 5, 12, and 26 at Holy Family University's Woodhaven Campus in Bensalem, PA, near the Woodhaven Road exit on Route 95. (For directions, visit:

The course is taught by accomplished professionals and educators who are well-known and speak frequently at nonprofit seminars and educational programs throughout the area. Faculty includes Bruce Makous, Corrine Sylvia, and Robert Wombwell. For faculty bios and background, go to:

Registration fee for the 3 full days is only $395. For more information or to register, go to:

Seating is limited.

Educators in Philanthropy is a new organization created to provide the highest quality training to help charities fulfill their missions. For more information, go to: