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Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®


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Professionals seeking a graduate-level education on how to best support their client’s philanthropic goals.


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Deliver your clients’ highest aspirations with our best-in-class philanthropic education program. Learn more below.

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Three-course package available for $4,295

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Delivering Clients’ Highest Aspirations

Join Program Director Jennifer Lehman, PhD, JD, CFP®, along with one of the program’s successful alums, Andrew Tudor, CFP®, CAP® for a video tour of the CAP® Program.

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Admissions Requirements

There are no prerequisite courses required before you can begin the CAP® Program, but three years full-time, relevant business experience is required to use the designation. 
To receive the CAP® designation, you must:
1. Successfully complete the three required courses
2. Agree to comply with The American College Code of Ethics and Procedures

Participation in the annual Professional Recertification Program (PRP) is required to maintain the designation.

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Tuition & Scholarships

Program tuition can be paid on a per-course basis. Tuition covers all course fees, required study materials, access to convenient online learning tools, your examination, and other fees.  

Individual course: $1,995  
Three-course package: $4,295  

Non-profit professionals are eligible for reduced tuition at the time of enrollment.  

Individual course non-profit: $1,550  
Three-course package non-profit: $3,395  

Scholarship opportunities for active-duty military personnel, veterans, and spouses, African American financial professionals, women, and other qualifying groups are available. Discover scholarship opportunities.

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What You'll Learn

The CAP® Program is a graduate-level program that provides the specialized knowledge and tools you need to help clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family, and society.

Your learning outcomes will equip you to:

  • Apply the best tax strategies, tools, and techniques for philanthropic goals
  • Understand client or donor goals for self, family members, and/or society
  • Advise wealthy families and family offices on important financial matters, including business exit planning, estate planning, and legacy planning
  • Handle gift planning for nonprofits and high-capacity donors or philanthropists
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Course Delivery

The three-course CAP® Program is designed for working professionals and offered in an online, self-study format, so you can move at your own pace. Throughout your time in the program you will have online access to The College’s expert faculty. Each of the three courses concludes with a two-hour exam.

Benefit from program features, including:

  • Cross-disciplinary curriculum spanning all aspects of philanthropic planning
  • Elite faculty of nationally-recognized academics and researchers 
  • Unique synthesis of philanthropic knowledge not available anywhere else
  • Thriving and collaborative community of advisors and gift planners
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Why Become a CAP®


Was given by individuals to charity in 2022. Money in motion requires your expertise.1


Of America's wealthiest households make charitable gifts every year. They need your support.2


Was held in donor-advised funds in 2021, with $45.74 billion in grants being directed to qualified charities.3

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The CAP® Is Right For You If:

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You Foster Dreams of Impact

Support Your Client’s Legacy

You want to help your clients integrate a lasting legacy into their financial plan, ensuring their wishes are articulated and implemented.

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You See The Need from All Sides

Effectively Partner with Peers

Covering every aspect of philanthropy, the CAP® Program offers an unmatched body of knowledge, enabling you to collaborate from both the donor and nonprofit perspective.

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Your Clients Look Ahead

Receive In-Demand Expertise

You recognize that legacy planning affects every aspect of family life. It requires specialized knowledge and skill that marries the art and science of philanthropic planning.

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Inside the CAP® Program

GS 839 Planning for Impact in Context of Family Wealth

Focuses on how clients and donors can use financial planning, estate planning, and gift planning to advance their personal financial goals for self and family, while also having a positive impact on their community.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Position yourself at the table where the client or donor’s big dollars are planned
  • Emerge as the client or donor’s trusted advisor, integrating charitable planning with the donor or client’s overall estate and business planning
  • Help donors and clients achieve positive impact for self, heirs, and community

GS 849 Charitable Giving Strategies

Covers charitable tax strategies, tools, and techniques, and how to explain and implement them to achieve donor goals for self, family, and community.

After completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Explain the features and benefits of each individual charitable tool
  • Compare and contrast the tools in light of a donor or client’s overall legacy plan for self, family, and society
  • Identify reasons advisors and fundraisers often collide, and the ways they may work more effectively together

GS 859 Gift Planning in a Nonprofit Context

Teaches advisors, board leaders, and nonprofits how to collaborate to create, count, and steward significant gifts.

After completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Identify the roles of the three sectors, how those roles are changing, and how the nonprofit sector is funded
  • Discuss the role of the nonprofit board and how fundraising is structured and managed
  • Explain how planned, major, and blended gifts are raised, invested and stewarded
  • Understand what high capacity donors want
  • Recognize how “personalized” or “donor-focused planning” complements the value-based planning that is taught in the other CAP® courses
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I highly recommend the CAP® curriculum to every charitable planning and fundraising professional. It completely transformed the way that I look at philanthropy and wealth in general.

Leon Baburov, CAP®, CFP®, AEP®

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Through the CAP® curriculum I learned technical gift planning, but more importantly, I learned how to listen to life stories and how to work with professional advisors, as a gift planner/fundraiser.

Betsy Ketelas, CAP®, CFRE

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The CAP® program has added to my repertoire as an attorney, but more importantly, as a trusted advisor to individual, corporate, and nonprofit clients.

Philip M. Dicomo, ESQ, CAP®

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A Program for Impact

Supporting Greater Professional Diversity

The CAP® Program’s Advisors of Color cohorts connect African American philanthropic leaders from across the nation. These students represent for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Learn From Leaders With True Expertise

Jennifer Lehman


Program Director, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®
Assistant Professor of Philanthropy
William B. Wallace Chair in Philanthropy

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Timothy Belber


Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning
Charles E. Drimal Estate Planning Professorship

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Philip Cubeta


Professor of Practice in Philanthropy

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Find Out More

Download the Brochure

Read more about the CAP®

Access the Program Demo

Hear from former students and take a tour

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View Philanthropic Insights

Explore the latest news and expertise from College faculty


1 Giving USA. Giving Infographic. 2022.

2 Generosity Across the Income and Wealth Distributions. May 2020.

3 National Philanthropic Trust. The 2022 DAF Report. 2022.