Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Postponed - Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF)


New dates TBD.

McCormick Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, will offer the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) in July 2020. This four-day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

Who should attend:

Religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles.

Dates of program:

  • July 20-23, 2020
  • Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  • $1,300 plus $25 meal fee (early bird rate until April 20, 2020)
  • $1,550 plus $25 meal fee (regular rate starting April 21, 2020)

What's Included:

  • Certificate Curriculum
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments each day of the course
  • One group dinner on Monday and one reception on Wednesday
  • Garage parking at McCormick Theological Seminary

What's not included:

  • Lodging (see housing options listed below)
  • Other meals
  • Personal travel expenses
  • Required and recommended reading materials


Registration is now OPEN now. Class size is limited. Register today!

Please contact Joyce Leachman if you have questions or concerns about registration at or by phone at 773-947-6283. For additional information about the program, including required pre-reading, please visit the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving website ECRF page here.

Local hotel options

Hyatt Place Chicago – South/University Medical Center
(15-20 minute walk, or use their shuttle)
5225 S. Harper Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 752-5300

Sophy Hotel
(10 minute walk, or use their shuttle)
1411 E. 53rd St.
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 289-1003
Use Code SOCIAL in the corporate discount field for possible discounts. Reserve 3 months in advance or more for the best discount availability.

LaQuinta University of Chicago
(5-10 minute drive, 30 minute walk)
4900 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615