International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising

Need to direct and lead fundraising, planning, analysis and forecasting at the highest level? Want create an environment that enables fundraising to flourish and demonstrate your commitment to the evolution of the fundraising profession? The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising could be for you.

Claire Routley talks Advanced DiplomaWho is this qualification for?

You are expected to have been working at a senior level for a minimum of five years with a proven knowledge of each major area of fundraising and experience of senior fundraising management. The content is highly strategic – you will need skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation to succeed.





What are the benefits to you and your organisation?

You will be enabled to lead organisational growth and increase impact. You will understand how the application of your extensive practice and management skills combined with academic knowledge and research can help an organisation to double, triple (or more), fundraising income in less than 10 years. By challenging yourself and the organisation you work with, you will be helping to define the fundraising profession. Through your success, your organisation will be helped to fulfil its mission and produce greater impact.

The International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising was one of the most valuable pieces of training I’ve done in a long while. It taught me a new way to think and has had a lasting impact on the way I approach challenges. I apply the principles it taught me on a daily basis, and the colleagues I met through the programme are an invaluable support network.” Abbie Carr MInstF(AdvDip), graduated 2017


What will you learn?

The International Advanced Diploma teaches you how to create the institutional environment to enable fundraising to flourish – it does not teach fundraising. The knowledge audit will help you assess whether you are ready to meet the challenge. 


You must complete and pass seven formal written assignments. The qualification is taught at level 7, Masters degree level.

How will you learn?

You are taught via blended learning, with face-to-face (two 3-day teaching blocks) and online elements. You are expected to engage with the course material and your fellow students in advance, between and after the teaching blocks.

The approach is innovative; it is primarily delivered through Active Learning and Just in Time teaching approaches.

What level of commitment is needed?

This is a demanding year-long course; you are expected to commit approximately 10-12 hours a week until the completion of the programme. This amounts to approximately 600 hours of individual study.

You will be required to submit a CV as part of the application process. You will also be required to complete a knowledge audit as part of your pre-course activities.

Once you have successfully enrolled on the course, your timetable will include:

  • 8-12 weeks of learning activities to help prepare you for the first face-to-face teaching block
  • 3 intensive consecutive days of classroom-based activities (teaching block 1)
  • 14-16 weeks of study including submission of your first 3 assignments
  • 3 intensive consecutive days of classroom-based activities (teaching block 2)
  • 16-20 weeks of study to complete your remaining 4 assignments


The next course will start August 2020. To register your interest please contact



IADiF course fees: 

Please see the training and events calendar for upcoming course dates and fees.

There is a member and a non member rate. The non member rate includes membership.

Fees include access to all online course materials, IoF Individual Membership, two three-day teaching blocks, student support and supervision and assignment grading. You will need to purchase the two core course textbooks yourself directly at additional cost.

Accommodation at the teaching blocks will need to be arranged individually at additional cost.

** If you are not yet an individual IoF member your first year's membership is included with the non-member rate to enable you to access the full range of IoF member benefits during your course. You must hold a valid IoF individual membership while studying for a qualification.

Booking terms and conditions apply for all IoF qualification courses - for details, please see here. Please note if you are a new member you will need to provide a reference to complete your membership application and our Membership team will get in touch with you to arrange this on receipt of your booking. You can visit our membership pages for more information.


Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the IoF Academy Team on 020 7840 1020 or email:

The International Advanced Diploma has been developed in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the European Fundraising Association, and is recognised throughout Europe and North America.

The International Advanced Diploma launch presentation delivered by Professor Adrian Sargeant at the IoF Convention 2013 in July is available here.

You can download these slides from our website  here