The Exponential Fundraising Course at the Harvard Kennedy School

A Course in Exponential Fundraising (CEF) is a year-long engagement where Jennifer works with visionary leaders from the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors to dramatically improve their organization’s approach to fundraising and results, and who want to be on the vanguard of a new approach to partnerships and philanthropy.

The CEF program starts with a Fall intensive (Monday, September 24 – Thursday, September 27, 2018) to reframe fundraising and activate more intentional and impactful partnership building. In addition to learning very practical skills, the course also includes a world renowned faculty, including:

  • Marshall Ganz on Community Organizing and Public Narrative
  • Aviva Argote on Adaptive leadership Challenges
  • Bill Ryan on Generative Boards
  • James Honan on Measurement & Metric
  • Jeffrey Walker on Systems Entrepreneurship
  • Dan Pallotta on Rethinking Charity
  • among others

Ongoing support is provided throughout the year to foster a culture of camaraderie and accountability.  Two additional session will take place, one via WebEx and one on campus in May 2019,  to assess goals and dive deeper into leadership development.

During the year, the program provides:

  • A comprehensive, new approach to fundraising
  • A year of faculty and peer engagement and support
  • Ongoing analysis of results
  • Enduring relationships with other nonprofit leaders reshaping the field of fundraising and its impact on social change sectors

Apply now!.

Charles Best and John Maeda learning the principles of Exponential Fundraising.

Over 200 non-profit and social change leaders and philanthropists have taken the Harvard course. Among the alumni are:

Rhea Wong

Executive Director, Breakthrough New York

Executive Director, Breakthrough New York

Leslie Poole

CEO, SEED Foundation

CEO, The SEED Foundation

Joi Ito

John Ito

Director, MIT Media Lab

Laurence Jahns

Senior Vice President of Advancement, Robin Hood Foundation

Senior Vice President of Advancement, The Robin Hood Foundation

David Bornstein

david bornstein

Co-Founder & CEO, Solutions Journalism Network

Khalil Fuller

Khalil Fuller

CEO, Learn Fresh Education

Patrick Willingham


Executive Director, The Public Theater

Claude Arpels

Claude Arpels

Board President, International Contemporary Ensemble

Jocelyn Wyatt


Executive Director,

Kris Hermanns

Kris Hermanns

CEO, Pride Foundation

Adria Chamberlain

Adria Chamberlain

Director of Strategic Partnerships, MASS Design Group

Jill Vialet

Jill Vialet

CEO & Founder, Playworks