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Core Curriculum

Annual course review currently underway. Check back later this summer for more details!

A rigorous curriculum is offered through monthly sessions during the academic year focused on universal components of development work. The components of the curriculum is based on the assumption that basic knowledge of key development practices have already been mastered.

Topics include: 

  • Leadership Principles and Practice
  • The Development Plan
  • Gift Planning
  • Internal Relationships: CEO, Board Chair and Members, the Finance Office, Communications/Marketing, Program colleagues, and Volunteers
  • The Donor Relationship
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Endowments and Capital Campaigns
  • Ethics

Sample Course Descriptions 
Each year, the curriculum committee reviews courses and subjects covered. Courses and topics may change in response to trends, evaluation feedback, or leadership/community input.


Gift Planning Day with Gordon Smith and Scott Lumpkin

"All of the session leaders and panelists were fantastic. Great presenters, super relevant information, very easy to follow. Loved it all!" --2021 Participant

Seasonal Session for 2020 in Partnership with AFP Colorado Chapter

Spring 2020 | One Size Doesn’t Fit All in Fundraising

Presented by Lynette Adams (pictured right), Director of Development, Community College of Aurora and Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver University College

Your donors are not the same, and your fundraising approach shouldn't be, either. The truth is, from the Matures to Generation Z, giving looks different. Different generations are motivated to give for different reasons. They also give in very different ways. How can you build impactful and sustainable relationships with each generation? In this session, learn how to understand their different paths to philanthropy and how to engage them as loyal and long-term donors to your cause.

ILD is pleased to partner with AFP to offer special spring sessions. ILD covers the cost for the first 20 participants from either the current class or alumni communities.

Exploring Personal Leadership Styles with Lori Zahn, President, Perceptive Leaders, LLC

Class of 2020 members left to right, Rachel Rooney, Project Angel Heart; Sue Samaneigo, Colorado Northwestern Community College; Katie DiMercurio, Boulder Voices for Children; Megan Fevurly, Denver Performing Arts Center; and Jennifer Reed, SafeHouse Denver, Inc.

Long-time favorite ILD faculty member Lori Zahn, Founder, Perceptive Leaders facilitating group exercises around Emergenetics during the first on-campus course of the year.

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