Program Courses

PDP courses are offered online, remotely, and on-campus in accordance with University guidelines . Please refer to the Schedule Notes for course delivery information.

IMPORTANT: The registration process for all professional development courses requires you to (A) register for your course, (B) complete an acknowledgment of Northwestern University's Student Expectations and COVID-19 Code of Conduct in CAESAR. Current students with an active NetID must complete their student acknowledgment in CAESAR before registering for courses. New students must complete their student acknowledgment in CAESAR within 48 hours of enrollment before official registration can be finalized.
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PHIL_NP 315-0 : Donor Psychology and The Ask


This course explores what makes people want to give money and time to support nonprofits. Students will gain both a historical perspective, as well as opportunities for simulation and role-play for the “big ask.” Students will also explore the key fundraising questions driving organizational success, sustainability, and strategy, while also focusing on what drives donors to give, from tax strategy to intergenerational planning to career trajectory to family wealth dynamics.


Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.

Additional Information:

This is a three-day course offered during the Spring quarter.

Tuition : $650

Summer 2022
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
08/10/22 - 08/12/22WThF
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 42
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Muth, Karl
Lindenmayer, Michael
Remote Campus
Schedule Notes :

In order to limit our community’s exposure to COVID-19, this course will be conducted remotely, online.

This course has required live, synchronous sessions, held online via Zoom, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. Sync session attendance is mandatory unless otherwise stated by the course instructor.

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All times listed CST

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