University of Wisconsin–Madison

Library Fundraising: Start Here!

Does the process of working with donors mystify you? Baffled that fundraising somehow became part of your job description? Wondering if the donor is always right?  Unsure how to evaluate and assess your library’s fundraising program? Curious about items that you as a library professional need to understand about raising money?  Learn the best ways to raise more funds for your library and key priorities through this course. We will also talk about how to connect with donors virtually.

At a glance

When: Feb 15 – Mar 14, 2021

Where: Online

Cost: $125 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks early!)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: 307421

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course details


  • Working with Donors
  • Fundraising Priorities
  • Types of Gifts
  • Development Operations
  • Policies and Procedures

Expectations: Regular participation in online discussions about readings, brief assignments/exercises and a project applicable to your daily library work.

Instructor: Karlene Noel Jennings (MSLIS, PhD, CFRE) is Executive Director of Development at UNC Greensboro University Libraries.   She has been raising funds for academic libraries for almost two decades.  A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Karlene has raised more than $100M for higher education institutions. She has taught courses for several LIS programs including UNCG, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. Karlene publishes and presents frequently about library advancement.