What qualities are you looking for in applicants?
At a minimum, an applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree (or have comparable work experience). All applicants should have at least five years of professional or management experience.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The Certificate Program consists of five days of in-person classes September 11-15th in Washington DC, optional virtual classes from October to December, and completion of the capstone leadership project, which will be due on December 15th.

When are classes held?
The Certificate Program is held on September 11-15, 2023. Class begins at 9:00am eastern time and ends at 5:00pm eastern time.

Where are the classes held?
The in-person classes will be held at Georgetown University, 500 1st Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. The optional virtual classes will be held online via Zoom.

What types of people are enrolled?
Certificate students are mid-level leaders in philanthropic organizations, including leaders from private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, donor advised funds, and other philanthropic organizations. They are individuals who interact with grantees and the community on a regular basis and are looking to develop skills for current and future use to advance the field of philanthropy.

How many people do you accept?
CPNL accepts about 20 students for each cohort of the Certificate Program.

What is the cost of the program?
Tuition is $7,000 and the application fee is $35. Discounts are available for those with financial need.

What kind of credit do I receive for the program?
The Certificate Program is taught at the graduate level, but is a non-credit bearing program. Participants who successfully complete the courses and the capstone leadership project will receive a certificate of completion.

How extensive are the readings and assignments for the program?
The program is designed for working professionals and the readings and assignments are developed accordingly. Participants receive readings two months before the program begins to provide ample time for review. Certificate participants are asked to complete a capstone leadership project, which is due three months after the last day of in-person class.

Who should write my recommendation letter?
The recommendation letter should be written by an individual, preferably a current or recent employer, who can comment on the applicant’s leadership experience and his/her/their ability to successfully complete the certificate program.

How can I find out more about the program?
To find out more, or if you have further questions, please contact Dr. Luisa Boyarski at boyarskl@georgetown.edu or (202) 934-0747.