UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Fundraising and Development is designed to expose you to a wide range of fundraising methods—from planned giving and capital campaigns to grant writing and donor stewardship. Explore marketing and business management tools, and learn about the latest web and media technology available. Discover best practices in how to efficiently apply varied fundraising methods, marketing tools and technology. Experts help you to discern which methods best fit your needs, how to focus your resources, and then practically apply the appropriate tools.
*Online options might be available for some courses.
*Cost may vary due to elective course selection.
*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.
Network with accomplished San Diego fundraising executives and build relationships that will positively impact your career and organization. Gain exposure to model programs and professionals through frequent guest speakers. With the ability to tailor your learning by selecting from a broad range of electives, you can ensure you master skills to meet the specific needs of your organization.
For more information: Andrea Laserna at FRDevProgram@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5947
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Steps Experience course. These specially designed classes allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.
In the Fundraising and Development capstone course, the Fundraising and Development Project, you will take the Next Step by using the skills you acquire through the Professional Certificate coursework. Choose a project tailored to your personal interests and attain practical experience in fundraising. Your advisor will coach you on your project throughout the quarter. Select a cause, research/identify potential donors, develop a strategy for initiating and building a relationship with a targeted donor, and write a proposal specifically designed for that donor.
Introduction to Fundraising & Development (BUSA-40341) is a required prerequisite for other core fundraising courses. The program can be completed in approximately two years.
After completion of all prior coursework, students enroll in the Fundraising and Development Project. The project consists of a guided capstone project that gives the student a chance to apply the knowledge and practical skills they have learned throughout the certificate.
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
See Certificate FAQs for more information.
Business, Professional & Legal Programs. Call 858-822-5947 or Email: FRDevProgram@ucsd.edu
UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
This program is endorsed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN).
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