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French Fundraising Certificate

The French Fundraising Certificate is the first high-level training course in fundraising.

Intended to be undertaken in parallel with existing professional activities, it consists of:
15 full days of training, spread over six months (120 hours of training)
A strategic fundraising project

The certificate is led by the Association Francaise des Fundraisers, in partnership with ESSEC’s Philanthropy Chair
 “CFF is an intensive and practical fundraising training course, involving the study of its philosophy as well as common practices, delivered by fundraising professionals with infectious enthusiasm. A passport to progress in fundraising!” - Florence Desparmet (2009-2010)

Program objectives

For you:
  • obtain a recognized professional qualification
  • refresh your skills and network
  • gain tools and new ways of working
  • gain greater legitimacy in your organisation
  • increase your employability in the fundraising sector 
For your organization:
  • share the skills you learn with your team
  • benefit from the experience and skills of major players in the sector
  • develop the strategy and practices of the team, so that they will collect more, and better.
Who is the course aimed at?
  •  Fundraising professionals: the certificate is primarily intended for those already involved in fundraising in an organization with a social goal, be it charitable, linked to teaching, research or the arts.
  • Professionals who want to become fundraisers: the certificate is also open to people working in other sectors who seek a career change. These applications will be treated on a case-by-case basis, decided upon by a panel of professionals.
A recognized qualification in Europe

The French Fundraising Certificate is recognized at a European level, thanks to its « EFA » certification. The CFF has satisfied the criteria determined by the European Fundraising Association for the quality of the courses’ content and teaching.
For more information, please contact:

Caroline Marry
Training manager at Association française des fundraisers
+33 (0)1 43 73 93 23

Social Impact Assessment

Since 2012, ESSEC has developed a pioneering expertise in social impact assessment (SIA). It has emerged from a collaborative work between the Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Philanthropy Chair. 

Bolstered by this long experience, we now offer SIA training in French to actors from these sectors, through diverse face-to-face and online training sessions:

- "Initiation to Social Impact Assessment" training (2 days) with Kimso and Admical.
- Training-Acting "Social Impact Assessment" (6 days) with Kimso and Admical.
- MOOC "Social Impact Assessment" (4 episodes, free) on the leading online learning platform Coursera.

We also created and animated a customized training session for the Centre français des Fonds et Fondations, in partnership with the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso: "Evaluating our impact to improve and convince" (3 days), on April 3rd-5th 2019 at the Fondation Saint-Pierre (Palavas-les-Flots).