The George Washington University School of Business Certificate in Sports Philanthropy

The George Washington University’s School of Business offers the first and only academic program in the field of sports philanthropy. The Certificate in Sports Philanthropy offers a ground-breaking 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.


Registration: December 9, 2013-April 9, 2014

Program Dates: April 30, 2014-September 30, 2014

Location: Courses are offered online and students can participate from anywhere

Residency: April 30th and May 1st in Washington, DC at The George Washington University


  • Complete all twelve online lectures and assignments
  • Attend residency event
  • Actively participate in group assignment due at completion of program

Group Assignment: Case study method allows you to collaborate with existing sports philanthropy organizations to apply the knowledge learned through the program to real life scenarios.


  • $3,750 if you enroll by February 19, 2014 (payment plans are also available until 2/19/14)
  • $4,000 enrollment fee after February 19, 2014
  • $3,500 if you register two or more students from the same organization
  • Enrollment fees include online course system, twelve courses taught by industry experts, course materials, residency attendance, and individual support from program director and faculty experts.

Courses and Faculty:

  • Bridging the Gap – Allison Hawk Collinger, Principal, AHC Consulting LLC
  • Finding Focus – Andy Miller, Principal, Miller Stephens & Associates
  • Strategy for Success – Brian Collier, Senior Vice President, Foundation For The Carolinas
  • Program Design – Sarah Martinez-Helfman, Executive Director, Eagles Youth
  • Partnership Partnerships & Collaboration – Dean Osaki, Western Region Community Relations Manager, Target
  • Measuring Success – John Bare, Vice President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Communicating Impact – Rich Maiore, Vice President, Cone Communications
  • Team Building – Mary Barr Gallivan, Director, Center for Corporate Philanthropy, Foundation For The Carolinas
  • Legal Issues – Ellen M. Zavian, Esq., Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University
  • Options for funding – Catherine Marquette, Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, NY Mets
  • Overcoming Barriers – Michael J. Balaoing, Esq., former Senior VP, Entertainment Industry Foundation
  • Governance – Melinda Weisberg, Co-Principal, CG Consulting for the Common Good

For more information visit and contact Alisha Greenberg at or 301-657-9379.

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