Earn the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

Join us online this Fall 2023 along with Orthodox Christian Parish Leaders from across the country to grow in the ministry of religious fundraising.

Offered in coordination with the Office of Vocation & Ministry Hellenic College Holy Cross and the Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism with the generous support of Leadership 100.

October 3 to November 20, 2023


"Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry."
- Henri J. M. Nouwen


  • Learn to speak comfortably about money.
  • Learn to "make the ask" for major gifts.
  • Encourage members to remember the Church in their estate planning.

Time Commitment

  • Meet online twice per week for 8 weeks
  • One 90-minute Interactive Plenary Session
  • One 60-minute moderated Peer Group Discussion

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in parishes and faith-based organizations. ECRF is an intensive program with a practical application project. This Fall 2023 it will once again be offered as an online 8-week course through Hellenic College Holy Cross by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. The ECRF course helps parish leaders learn the cultural, organizational, and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions. These practices in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

This year's ECRF is offered through the Office of Vocation & Ministry in collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism with support from Leadership 100. Click here to learn more about the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving of Indiana University and the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.

Who Should Attend

Clergy and lay leaders in parishes who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and develop practical skills in religious fundraising.

Dates of Program

The course will be held online over 8 weeks beginning Monday, October 2 (through November 20, 2023) with synchronous meetings twice a week

1) Mondays from 4:00–5:30 pm EST: interactive “plenary” session

2) Weekly facilitated peer group gathering (multiple time slots available, 60 minutes each). You will select one of the below time slots at the time of registration:

  • Thursdays at 11 am EST
  • Thursdays at 2 PM EST
  • Thursdays at 4 PM EST

3) Weekly online independent study of lesson materials.

Program Fee (all-inclusive)

$1,300 Early Bird Rate through September 15, 2023

$1,550 Full Program Rate on or after September 16, 2023

Financial Aid 

While a $300 deposit is required for all participants, financial aid of up to $1,000 is available by application. To request aid, please fill out this application form by September 12. This year, scholarship priority will be given to clergy and lay leaders who want to increase generosity and stewardship at their parish.

Deadline for scholarship application: September 12, 2023


If you are not planning to apply for a scholarship and would like to register directly, you may do so here. However, if you are applying for a scholarship, complete the scholarship application instead (do not register at this point). 

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"This course helped develop a stronger understanding of creating a positive and joyful atmosphere in encouraging people to support the act of blessed giving: giving because one really is aligned with and believes in the good outreach ministry of the parish and the local Christian family. This encouragement to give goes past just the local parish--it changes the inner character of people so that they don't feel obligated to give, but rather that they now desire to be part of growing and increasing their church's witness to the world. And it helps the clergy better understand the act of giving so as to better approach and better appreciate those who are renewed givers."  

- Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit

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