Planned Giving: Getting the Proper Start

Maximize your fundraising by asking for planned gifts. Learn how to communicate with donors about their wealth and their financial assets – not just their cash – and how a planned gift can provide them with current income, an inheritance for their heirs and a legacy through your charitable organization.


When and where

August 1, 2022August 3, 2022$1,295Register
August 8, 2022October 2, 2022$1,345Register
September 7, 2022September 9, 2022$1,295Register
October 26, 2022October 28, 2022$1,295Register
November 9, 2022November 11, 2022$1,295Register

Course Details

Planned Giving is offered in-person in multiple cities or online.

In-person Schedule
The in-person class is three days in length.

Day 1: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Day 2: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Day 3: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Online Schedule
The online course is eight weeks in length.

Each week you'll have a course module to complete. Each module consists of:

  • readings from a PDF study guide
  • viewing a pre-recorded narrated presentation
  • completing a 10-question quiz where you must score a 7 or higher
  • engaging in forum discussions with others
  • and submitting assignments.

More details about the online format and requirements may be viewed here.

View the in-person class agenda.

View the online course agenda.

The location next to each course date indicates if the course is being held in-person (e.g. city name) or online.

For in-person classes, please click on the city name for further details and recommended hotel accommodations.

Registrants for in-person and online dates will receive complete course logistical information upon registration.

Full participation in many of The Fund Raising School’s courses fulfill education point requirements for Category 1.B-Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Planned Giving: Getting the Proper Start qualifies for 20.25 CFRE Education Points/Hours.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE: Tuition payment is due before the class begins and may be paid by credit card, check, or purchase order. All cancellations and transfers are subject to an administrative fee of $275.

The Fund Raising School and its faculty assume a baseline knowledge of the concepts and terminology from “Principles & Techniques of Fundraising” in teaching this course.

You’ll learn how to

  • Determine if your organization is ready for a planned giving program
  • Understand the benefits to donors for making planned gifts
  • Recognize which planned gifts are best for certain donor situations
  • Match donor needs to your nonprofit’s needs
  • Understand appreciated property, deposit agreements, wills and bequests, insurance, and charitable lead trusts

What you’ll receive

  • Easy-to-understand study guide as a handy reference
  • IRS information
  • How to start and market a new program
  • Sample forms and documents that can be applied to your program
  • Planned gift development bibliography