NEW Fundraising Course to be Offered in Spring

December 2, 2015
Fundraising course

SOWK 430: Development and Fundraising for Social Service Agencies

Open to all majors!  Developing skills in fundraising, grant writing and community engagement will enhance students' readiness for employment in nonprofit and public agencies, regardless of their major.

The course is being taught by Jake Blumberg, MA, Executive Director of GiveMN.  Prior to joining GiveMN in 2015, Mr. Blumberg was the senior director of development and community engagement at Open Arms of Minnesota.

This class is designed to help students develop practical, real-world skills in the areas of fundraising, program support and development. An emphasis will be placed on linking agency work and agency mission. Topics covered include:

  • introduction to fundraising, development & philanthropic giving
  • supervision of paid staff and volunteers
  • digital marketing and communications
  • needs assessments & program evaluation

Students will learn from applied, project-based activities and gain tangible skills in grant writing.

This course is part of the new Social Services Management minor, a collaboration between the St. Kate’s – St. Thomas School of Social Work and the Schools of Business at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing, or permission from Social Services Management Minor advisor, Dr. Katharine Hill ( 

Class meets Wednesdays, spring semester, from 5:30 - 9:15 pm at the University of St. Thomas