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About the Fundraising and Development Program

UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our courses to an online or hybrid format. Online classes (asynchronous) will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live (synchronous) virtual class meetings each week using the Zoom conferencing system.
 

The Professional Certificate in Fundraising and Development has been newly realigned for the Spring 2021 quarter.

Changes to the certificate curriculum have been made to best prepare you for a successful career in philanthropy. An emphasis on strengthening relationship-building skills pairs with foundational knowledge in a wide range of fundraising methods - from annual giving and capital campaigns to grant writing and corporate partnerships. 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.

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 range of electives and specializations, you can ensure you master skills to meet the specific needs of your organization.

For more information: Nenuca Cariaga at FRDevProgram@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5947

  • Build a strong foundation in communication and relationship-building skills
  • Gain a working knowledge of fundraising methods
  • Learn practical strategies and emerging trends for developing an annual giving program
  • Discover how to develop relationships with your donors and increase support for your organization
  • Develop practical skills which can be immediately utilized and applied to work environments
  • Build a new career in Fundraising and Development or advance in your current role
  • Networking opportunities with peers and instructors

Students should enroll in classes at least 2 weeks prior to course start date.

Introduction to Fundraising & Development (BUSA-40984) is a required prerequisite for other core fundraising courses. The program can be completed in approximately two years.

Format: In-Person, Online

Online options vary per quarter.

Estimated Cost: $3,490

Cost may vary due to elective course selection.

Duration: 12-24 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-822-5947
Email
FRDevProgram@ucsd.edu

Courses

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  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
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  • Number of courses: five required courses and four units elective courses
  • Total units: 17

Required Courses

Complete all five courses

Introduction to Fundraising and DevelopmentBUSA-40984

Units: 2.00

$395

Do you need the basics of fundraising under your belt or a refresher in the fundamentals of development? Come review everything you need to know about the fundraising process, fundraising as a career,...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Donor Relations and StewardshipBUSA-40930

Units: 2.00

$395

Research suggests that the most important aspect of a donor consistently giving to your organization is thanking them in a way that demonstrates impact to them. Our curriculum provides foundational t...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Spring, Summer

Annual GivingBUSA-40829

Units: 3.00

$495

Annual giving plans incorporate many fundraising strategies from direct mail to capital campaigns. Explore an array of tools to bring in money each year. Discuss the links between an organization s mi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Summer

Major Gifts and Planned GivingBUSA-40983

Units: 3.00

$495

Regular small donations can minimally sustain an organization for a while, but frequently development professionals must develop a plan to meet annual budget or capital needs for future growth. In thi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Storytelling for BusinessBUSA-40988

Units: 3.00

$595

Success as a modern professional requires a skill as old as human civilization, storytelling. Storytelling is the ability to paint a picture with your words to engage, persuade or even challenge your ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Elective Specializations

Complete 4.0 units in a specialization of your choice or any 4.0 units

Nonprofit Management

4.0 units

Financial Management for Nonprofit OrganizationsBUSA-40791

Units: 2.00

$395

The leaders and staff of nonprofit organizations must ensure that accounting records and financial statements are accurate and comply with regulatory requirements. This class covers basic nonprofit ac...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Board and Volunteer ManagementBUSA-40985

Units: 2.00

$395

Nonprofits rely on volunteers to accomplish the mission, so effective utilization and management of those relationships is key. Creating meaningful and useful roles for volunteers within your organiza...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Summer

Grant Writing & Management

4.0 units

Grant Writing for NonprofitsBUSA-40957

Units: 2.00

$395

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the grants process and how you can use grants to fund your endeavors. This hands-on course will guide you through the entire process of writing a funding proposal...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Financial Management for GrantsBUSA-40986

Units: 2.00

TBD

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Advanced Stewardship

4.0 units

Special and Capital CampaignsBUSA-40931

Units: 2.00

$395

Campaigns are a cost-effective way to raise large sums of money in a relatively short period of time. This course covers capital and comprehensive campaigns as well as topics including matching gifts,...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Corporate Relations and PartnershipBUSA-40982

Units: 2.00

$395

The right community allies can advance your organization s mission and impact. In this course you will learn about the various avenues in which corporations choose to align themselves with the communi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Conditions for Admission

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.

Industry Requirements

This program is endorsed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN).

Next Steps Experience

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.

Career Resources and Services

  • One-on-One Career Coaching Appointment - Graduates who are interested in a career coaching appointment can schedule an appointment to get advice on resume building, applications, negotiation, interviewing, leveraging LinkedIn etc... Graduates will meet virtually with a career advisor for up to one-hour. If you would like to schedule an appointment and you have completed the certificate within five years, contact unexbusa@ucsd.edu.
  • O*Net - Career resources offered by O*Net , an online portal for career exploration, job analysis and self-assessment tools.
  • The Career Channel  - Brought to you by UCTV and UC San Diego Extension, the Career Channel  provides information, tools and experts to help those in career transition identify emerging areas of opportunity and develop plans for reskilling.
  • Explore Career Tools to Make your Next Career Move - Get help with your career research to find the priority sectors and priority jobs. The San Diego Workforce Partnership looked at all occupations in San Diego County to determine which pay best, have the most openings and are growing quickly. There are 72 priority jobs in San Diego County, ranging from stucco masons to biomedical engineers. Find out more at SDWP - My Next Move.
  • Professional Associations - Professional associations offer a terrific opportunity for career education, professional development and networking. Link to list of associations. 

Related Documents

Advisory Board

Danielle Dawson, JD, MBA

Executive Director, Gift Planning

UC San Diego

Vivienne Esrig, MBA

Deputy Director

Museum of Photographic Arts

Martin Furey

Director, Program Development

San Diego American Indian Health Center

Liz Sheahan

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Girl Scouts San Diego

Zachary Smith, MBA

Executive Director of Development

Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego

Jeff Spitko

Director of Membership & Annual Giving

San Diego Zoo Global

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