Jamie Novak is a recent archaeology and anthropology grad who works as a Museum Attendant at the Montgomery’s Inn Historic Site in Toronto, 1 of 10 museums owned and operated by City of Toronto Cultural Services.
Last fall, when the inn came under threat of closure due to proposed budget cuts, Jamie decided to learn more about fundraising so she could try to create a fundraising strategy and save the historic site: she enrolled in the Certificate in Fundraising Management program at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
The program starts with the basics – an Introduction to Fundraising course – and then provides further knowledge through courses such as Operations of Fundraising, Marketing for NonProfit Organizations, and Fundraising Campaigns.
Jamie says she researched many different schools and ultimately chose The Chang School because it allows students to complete certificate programs at their own pace. Jamie can take up to 6 years to complete the 6 courses required for the Certificate in Fundraising Management.
She also enjoys the flexibility that The Chang School’s evening, weekend and online classes offer. Currently, she attends class on Thursday nights and completes most of her coursework on the subway while she commutes to work in Etobicoke from Scarborough.
After each class, Jamie takes what she’s learned back to her colleagues at work and they get excited about the innovative strategies and ideas that she’s bringing to the organization. She says the course work is helping her in her current job immensely, and she knows she can use that knowledge for future jobs as well. She says it’s opening so many more doors for her.