Course Descriptions

The following courses are designed to give leaders of education foundations a framework for success, focusing on solutions to challenges often faced by leaders in the industry. The topics selected address the general roles and expectations of foundation leadership. Each course consists of a series of micro-credentials that participants can share as digital confirmation of their proficiency within addressed topics. The confirmed successful completion of all the micro-credentials will be the bases for obtaining certification.


This quick course introduces to the program, the NSFA Guiding Principles & Best Practices for education foundations and provides tutorials for the program platform and micro-credential submission. This course must be completed successfully before registering for the CEFL courses or continued education modules.

Schedule: Must be completed by May 21, 2021
Cost: No Cost

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This course addresses principles of education foundation leadership, development and use of effective strategic planning, collecting and reporting return on investment (ROI) to donors.

Instructor: Bill Hoffman

Schedule: May 24 - June 18, 2021
Cost: $400


This course establishes the principles of marketing, communications, content, branding, digital marketing, and the basics of developing a marketing plan.

Instructor: Sara D. Bender, CEFL

Schedule: June 21 - July 16, 2021
Cost: $400


This course explores the unique organizational requirements and compliance of an education foundation in the areas of governing documents (articles of incorporation, by-laws, policies), IRS reporting, financial oversight, planning, analysis and effective work with financial volunteers.

Instructor: Yolanda Pruitt, CEFL

Schedule: July 26 - August 20, 2021
Cost: $400


This course emphasizes the principles of fundraising, ethical considerations, policies, sources of revenue, case for support and incorporating resource development into your strategic plan. 

Instructor: Sara D. Bender, CEFL

Schedule: August 23 - September 17, 2021
Cost: $400


This course equips leaders to obtain the ideal board structure and membership, understand board roles and responsibilities, engage board members fully, and explore committees and board leadership.

Instructor: Bill Hoffman

Schedule: September 22 – October 22, 2021
Cost: $400


This course addresses topics related to identifying, engaging and collaborating with community partners, funding for school districts, and working effectively with district leadership and school boards.

Instructor: Dr. Wayne Padover

Schedule: October 25 – November 19, 2021
Cost: $400

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