Institute on Philanthropy

The Institute on Philanthropy (IOP) strengthens the community by educating nonprofit professionals, volunteers, donors and community leaders in ethical and effective fundraising, marketing and board development strategies. We design our classes to meet the needs of a variety of nonprofit audiences. Our institutes serve participating nonprofits from Central Virginia and around the nation.

IOP offers coursework and week-long certification institutes in several areas for nonprofit staff, managers and board members. Our programs offer career-enhancing skills and information on cutting edge topics and new trends. More importantly, our programs offer return on your investment with program deliverables, among which are development campaigns, marketing plans and more.

Special Opportunities

In response to needs among nonprofit organization leaders and staffs, IOP offers special programs to address those needs.

No special opportunities are available at this time. Check back later for updates.

Certification Institutes

IOP’s primary nonprofit education and training method is through intensive certification institutes led by nonprofit leaders in the Richmond region. Our institutes provide training in all aspects of nonprofit operations, from fundraising and development to grantwriting and management. The institute format encourages participants to work while they learn, engaging institute leaders and participants to address specific issues they face in their nonprofit organizations.

Fund Development Institute The Fund Development Institute focuses on the “art and science” of fundraising and the work that fundraisers do. Ideal for fundraising professionals, executive directors, career switchers and development or program staff.
Grant Writing Institute The Grant Writing Institute provides hands-on instruction to help you write grant applications for a project you are looking to get funded. Ideal for teams of grant writers and nonprofit executives.
Planned Giving Institute The Planned Giving Institute provides the knowledge, tools and skills required to develop a planned giving program for your nonprofit organization. Ideal for planned giving professionals, major gift officers, CEOs and directors of development of small nonprofits.
Strategic Communications Institute The Strategic Communications Institute prepares you to create a successful marketing plan for your nonprofit organization, whether the focus is to raise money or awareness of your mission. Ideal for fundraising and marketing professionals and program staff.

Nonprofit Leadership Lab

The IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab is a cohort-based leadership development and problem-solving experience for nonprofit executives and senior leaders. The lab provides nonprofit leaders a confidential, facilitated discussion environment for discussing and addressing challenges facing their nonprofit organizations. Through these discussions, nonprofit leaders can network while brainstorming ideas using the common language of nonprofit leaders.


Manual for Starting a Nonprofit

In 2005, students in the “Law of Nonprofit Organizations” class at the University of Richmond created a manual on how to start a nonprofit organization. It is their hope that this manual will assist individuals in establishing nonprofit organizations to address important societal needs and in operating those organizations most effectively.

International Students

If you are an international student considering coursework through the Institute on Philanthropy, you need an F-1 student visa. Information is available from the Office of International Education — follow the guidelines for SPCS Summer School Students.

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CFRE Approved

Approved provider for continuing education — Full participation in IOP courses is applicable for points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification based on the number of contact hours listed for the class.