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Nonprofit Management Institute

Upcoming courses

Advanced Grant Development – Federal Proposal Certificate (June 2023)

Session details

Registration closes on Wednesday, June 14th at 5:00 P.M. Arizona time. 

During this online certificate program, you will choose which type of Grant Proposal you write and what nonprofit organization you choose to write for. Each week, students write and develop a portion of the proposal application they are working on. Instructional staff are available to aid you with subject questions and help guide you through each step. Students must begin the class with a pre-identified organization for which they will be writing a proposal. This can be a nonprofit for which they work or a community need for which you want to write a proposal.

To be successful in the course, it is essential to be able to:

  • Retrieve detailed information from that nonprofit, such as the nonprofit’s mission, programming, budget or 990 forms.
  • Have personal knowledge from a previous volunteer or employment situation with a nonprofit or from online research to generate a budget based on the needs of the nonprofit, the project or the community.
  • Have proficient language and writing skills.

The following two textbooks are required for this certificate program:

  • Smith, N. E. & Works, E. G. (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn To Write Grants Like A Professional. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-67291
  • Kester, C. L., & Cassidy, K. L. (2015). In The Trenches: Writing To Win Federal Grants. Charity Channel Press. Nashville, TN. Printed book: ISBN: 978-1-938077-61-6

This certificate currently has prerequisite requirements that must be satisfied prior to registration/enrollment.

Early Bird Special: $1050 (ends two weeks before program start date)

Program description

Program dates


Delivery method

Online hybrid (asynchronous with Zoom sessions)



The seven-week Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals Certificate is designed to provide the participant with the resources, expert-guided practice, and mentoring to be able to write a competitive federal grant proposal. In addition to working in small groups with an experienced grant writer, participants will also have the added bonus of receiving a personalized proposal review by the knowledge specialist prior to submission for a federal grant, as well as packaging a professional grant submission, grants management, and

Participants enrolling in this certificate must have advanced writing skills and previous experience in writing both state and foundation grant proposals. The following counts as acceptable experience: taking a previous college-level course or professional development course focusing on writing state and foundation grant proposals; having prior experience with a nonprofit organization writing grant proposals for state and foundation grants is also acceptable. This is a fast-paced and intensive course.

Learn more about this seven-week program:

Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals Certificate

The ASU Lodestar Center is a GPCI Accepted Education Provider. Full participation in each program is applicable for 3 points in Category 1 - Education.

Knowledge Specialist

Jennifer Tersigni
Knowledge Specialist, Nonprofit Management Institute

Jennifer Tersigni’s professional career began at The White House, where she worked on a team that supported fundraising, leadership and change management in action after the Oklahoma City bombing, a federal government furlough, and Clinton Administration headlines. Since then, she has helped  nonprofit organizations spark growth and transformation through efforts that combine the best in fundraising, organizational development, strategic consulting, and transformational leadership.
While working in the nonprofit sector, Jennifer started Raise the Bar Consulting out of a desire to provide relevant and innovative consulting solutions that help organizations to thrive, so that they could meet their mission and further their goals in contemporary and cost-effective ways.
Jennifer never anticipated becoming a fundraising powerhouse – it just happened that way. In her unforeseen 25-year career, Jennifer has served as a chief development officer, transitional leader, CEO, university instructor, and entrepreneur. Thus far, Jennifer has raised more than $160 million, and she and her team have assisted close to two-hundred organizations to stabilize, grow, and flourish.
When you’ve pulled yourself up by your bootstraps from an early age, chartered your own path, and recognized your own strength and skills, it’s natural to help others do the same. Jennifer is a certified Professional Interim Executive and has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential continuously since 2008. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association of Nonprofit Specialists, the Third Sector, and adjunct faculty at Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. 
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys travel, cooking, yoga, investing, and spending time with her family and friends. Jennifer has lived in and traveled to more than forty-eight countries to-date, brings cross-cultural experience to her work, and always looks forward to life’s next great adventure.

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