Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate

Increase Your Impact • Expand Your Network • Advance Your Career

The first and only of its kind, the Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate program provides a groundbreaking online curriculum tailored to the unique needs of those who work for professional sports teams, leagues, athlete foundations, sport-related companies with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility, nonprofits using sports for social good and those looking to enter the field.

certificate photoBuilt around your busy schedule, the certificate includes 12 core, online courses and in-person residency at GW in the beginning of the program. This residency will not only provide an opportunity for experiential learning but allow time to meet fellow students and exchange ideas.


Enrollment Period: July 25th 2016 – October 17th 2016

Program Dates: October 24th 2016 – March 31st 2017
Location: Courses are offered online and students can participate from anywhere.

The residency for the fall 2016 cohort will be held October 24th & 25th, 2016 in Washington, DC at The George Washington University.

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What can you get out of the program?

Learn directly from program graduates by reading our Sports Philanthropy Certificate Alumni Testimonials.

Students Can Expect To…

  • Learn what makes sports philanthropy unique
  • Know how to develop a clear and focused mission
  • Recognize the key components of a successful strategic plan
  • Build skills for developing programs that meet organizational goals and have deep impact
  • Understand how to identify and secure potential partners for effective collaboration
  • Learn different assessment methodology and know how to collect, analyze, and use data effectively and efficiently
  • Develop skills to market and gain recognition for programs
  • Discover unique assets and be able to creatively leverage these for marketing, funding, programming or other purposes
  • Find out legal risks and liabilities associated with the unique culture of sports
  • Hear from experts who offer new and innovative ways to obtain funding for programs
  • Identify successful models of board governance and management
  • Interact with other students to share ideas and learn new approaches to challenges and opportunities

Who Should Enroll?

The Sports Philanthropy Certificate addresses the needs of people working with:

  1. Professional sport teams
  2. Professional sport leagues
  3. Professional athlete foundations
  4. Sport-related companies working in corporate social responsibility
  5. Nonprofits using sports for social good
  6. Professionals interested in starting a new career in sports philanthropy

Courses and Faculty

Photo by Jason Dixson Photography. www.jasondixson.comThere are 12 courses that make up the Sports Philanthropy curriculum. Industry leaders have been chosen to lead each lesson
which will be tailored to meet the needs of those who work in the field. The faculty members are top industry leaders, executives, and thinkers representing organizations across the country. Each lesson features a one-hour audio lecture supplemented by a Powerpoint presentation as well as readings and assignments.

Learn more here.

Residency Information

The residency for the fall 2016 cohort will be held October 24th & 25th, 2016 in Washington, DC at The George Washington University.

This is an opportunity to network with students and faculty prior to beginning the online program. The agenda includes introductions to students and faculty, networking, a local site visit and faculty roundtables.


To attain the Sports Philanthropy Certificate, students must successfully complete all 12 courses and assignments, attend the in-person residency and actively participate in a select number of mandatory calls.

Where are the Classes Held?

Classes for the Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program are held on-line with the exception of the residency which will be held in a location where best practices in sports philanthropy can be experienced first hand.

For More Information

For more information on courses, faculty, residency or other general questions, contact the Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program at or 202-994-2577.

Program Policies


To be admitted to the Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. The application form should be filled out and e-mailed to George Washington University at Your application will be reviewed for approval by the program staff.


The enrollment fee for the Certificate in Sports Philanthropy is $4,000. This covers access to the online course system, 12 courses taught by experts in the industry, all course materials, attendance at the in-person residency, access to university resources, and individual support from the program director.

Special Offers:

For each cohort an early bird rate of $3,750 is available.  Please inquire about deadlines.

Payment plans are also available for those who register in advance.

Register two or more students from the same organization and take advantage of the discounted rate of $3,500 per student

*Please note that students are required to cover the cost of personal travel to the residency, as well as lodging and transportation.

Financial Aid

Because the Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program is a non-degree program, federally funded student loan programs are not generally available and the program is not eligible for deferment of such loans. But private lending institutions may be able to finance your education.

Important Policies

Extension & Reinstatement Policy

The Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program is a five-month program. After the residency program, you will have five months to complete your courses and group assignment. If for some reason during the five-month period you need an extension, you can request one by forwarding a letter of explanation to

The Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program staff will review your request and determine if it will be granted. You can only receive one extension for a maximum of six months.

Refund Policy

If a student withdraws form the program 30 days before the start date, refund is 100% of tuition minus a $100 withdrawal fee. If a student withdraws from the program within seven days of the start date, no refund is granted. A student who withdraws between the 30- and seven-day will either receive a full credit to the program the following year or a 50% refund.