MFA-P™ Philanthropy Designation Program

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Advanced Charitable Giving Planning Courses

Your Pathway to the
MFA-P™, Philanthropy Designation Program Designation

Take three courses

As a designated specialist, provide high value advice to help people meet goals and responsibilities. Study time is flexible—take up to 9 months to finish.

Achieve the MFA-P™ Designation as a

Master Financial Advisor - Philanthropy

This program is for advisors looking for specialized professional credentials to develop plans with individuals and families interested in strategic philanthropy. This is an investment trend that is increasingly important to investors of all ages. Tapping into client’s philanthropic goals, advisors will increase opportunities to build trust by better understanding the clients’ values and critical personal causes.

The MFA-P™ Philanthropy Designation teaches advisors and their clients:

  • How to incorporate philanthropy into their practice in pragmatic terms
  • How to focus on gift planning strategies and vehicles that are relevant to client’s goals
  • Practical experience with numerous working case studies that allow advisors to apply that knowledge.

The program includes 3 courses, all included for one low price of $1,495:

Introduction to Strategic Philanthropy

Understanding the Charitable Sector

Integrating Gift Planning

Earn Your New Credentials

Qualified advisors will address an investment trend that is increasingly important to investors of all ages. Graduates of the program will be able to increase opportunities to build trust with their clients by better understanding their clients’ values and critical personal
causes. Using their new skills in
approaching the gifting conversation with a professional process, they will be
better positioned to provide high-value advice that enables philanthropic goals.

Students will learn with a variety of learning components including the Knowledge Journal, quizzes, and true-to-life case studies. A PMT (Practice Management Thesis) will provide an extensive review of the entire course before the exam. Increase your knowledge, skills and confidence further by learning ongoing research skills using the powerful EverGreen Explanatory Notes included with each course and in the process, stay up-to-date with important tax changes.

The MFA-P™ Designation is awarded to the student who achieves an average of 60% on the three exams presented in this course. Honors gold bar standing with be identified on your handsome Certificate with attainment of 90% or more.

MFA-P™ Continuing Education Calendar

Need to meet your CE/CPD relicencing requirements? View the CE Calendar At A Glance for eligible course options from Knowledge Bureau and CAGP.

Please read the Standards of Conduct.

Designates of Knowledge Bureau require 15 CE/CPD credits before June 30
to re-license their registered marks for the next 12 months.

Please contact us to stay onside with your re-licensing requirements and to receive your VIP designate rates on your tuition fees.

Suggested Knowledge Bureau Programming to Continue Your Professional Development:

Partners in Excellence

Knowledge Bureau is proud to collaborate with The Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and Spire Philanthropy to build a professional designation for advisors and their clients who wish to give to their favorite causes more strategically, during their lifetime and beyond.


The CAGP is a unique association that unites Canada’s charitable representatives with donors and their advisors. Among their fundraising, legal, and financial peers, the group’s members are experts in strategic philanthropic gift planning.


Spire Philanthropy specializes in corporate-charitable partnerships. The firm prides itself on building creative, sustainable and financially viable relationships based on mutual understanding, value sharing and shared strategic benefits.

Messages from the Presidents

“We are delighted to announce the publication of the new MFA-P designation program. All of our partners and faculty members have worked hard to develop a program to help you confidently and effectively deliver on your clients’ social impact goals, by working more collaboratively with all the stakeholders to successful giving – the donor, the financial advisors and the charity. The MFA-P marks signify an embellishment of your professional knowledge, skills and standards in providing strategic planning services to philanthropic clients.”

- Evelyn Jacks, President of Knowledge Bureau

“We are excited to see our dream of a designation program at CAGP come true with the birth of the MFA-P™ Philanthropy Designation Program and look
forward to welcoming advisors from all sides of financial services.”

- Ruth MacKenzie, President and CEO of CAGP

“I am looking forward to working with firms and advisors to engage in this important industry designation that will add further trust and credibility to the work of advisors, and impact on charities in

- Brad Offman, CEO of Spire

Group Studies

Individuals and Firms interested in enrolling their advisors in the MFA-P™ designation program may do so now and take advantage of firm-wide discounts as well when two or more advisors pre-register online as agroup.

Your Tuition Includes
These All-Inclusive Resources

• Personal course selection consultation
• Virtual campus orientation
• Lesson and study plans
• Personal instructor email support
• Comprehensive Knowledge Journal
• EverGreen Online Research Library
• Knowledge Bureau calculators
• Testing and certification
• CE/CPD accreditation
• Examination, certification and designation

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Complement your online education with CE Summits. Held in November, January and May, these one-day, instructor-led workshops offer peer-to-peer learning experiences to students who prefer studying in groups.


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