Equipping veteran service organizations with the tools they need to  accelerate the impact of veterans


Through our partnership with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, the nationwide Military-Connected Online Fundraising Academy Accelerate application for Spring 2021 is now open!

Interested participants may apply who are looking to sharpen their cause-selling fundraising skills and prepare for the social impact pitch competition in May 2021 at the Military Influencer Conference

Ideal candidates have 0-5 years of fundraising experience. Not limited by job titles - all VSO employees are encouraged to apply!


- Currently, work at a veteran-serving nonprofit
- Have 0-5 years of fundraising experience
- Must be available and commit to the entire course 

Apply for the Military Fundraising Accelerate Academy

Application Deadline - December 31, 2020

**Apply early spots are limited!!**



Course Overview


The Online Military-Connected Fundraising Academy Accelerate is a fully online fundraising certificate program that teaches emerging fundraisers (with one to five years of direct fundraising experience) how to effectively identify, qualify, cultivate, and retain donors through authentic, impactful stewardship. This course also teaches fundraising fundamentals such as Social Styles, Ethics in Fundraising, Digital Fundraising, Time Management, Philanthropy Trends, and more. Students complete the course with newfound confidence to approach and authentically engage prospects and donors, make the ask, and build long-lasting relationships.


Course Dates: 

Tuesdays February 2, 2021 - April 13, 2021 (3.5 hour sessions)

11:30 - 3:00 EST  (8:30 - 12:00 PST)

**Applicants must be available and commit to attending every session.**

Course Location: 

Online (Zoom) 

Cost: $400  FREE 

All accepted applicants can enroll without the cost of tuition when they purchase the textbook.

Cause Selling the Sanford Way: A Guide to Relationship-Driven Fundraising*. You may choose to purchase the hardcover edition for $80 or the eBook for $30.


*This special rate is available for this cohort only (tuition values $400). You will be provided instructions to purchase the textbook once you receive contingent acceptance into the program.


Course Outline: 


Session 1: February 2, 2021  - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Fundraising Fundamentals (3.5 hours)

Session 2: February 9, 2021 - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Fundraising Fundamentals (3.5 hours)

Session 3: February 23, 2021 - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Fundraising Fundamentals (3.5 hours)

Session 4: March 2, 2021 - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Cause Selling Phase 1 (3.5 hours)

Session 5: March 9, 2021 - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Cause Selling Phase 2 (3.5 hours)

Session 6: March 16, 2021 - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Cause Selling Phase 2 (3.5 hours)

Session 7:  March 23, 2021 - 8:30-12:00 PST (11:30-3:00 EST) 
Cause Selling Phase 3 (3.5 hours)

Session 8: March 30, 2021 - 8:15-11:30 PST (11:15-2:30 EST) 
Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Session 9: April 13, 2021 9:00-11:00 PST (12:00-2:00 EST) 
Interview with a Philanthropist

Session 10: April 15, 2021 9:00-11:30 PST (12:00-2:30 EST) 

Practice Pitch Fest!



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All NAVSO Members are now a part of the Combined Arms Institute

As a reminder, NAVSO joined forces with Combined Arms to become the Combined Arms Institute.


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