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Online Fundraising and Development Specialization on Coursera

Created by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and hosted on the Coursera platform, this is an online course consisting of pre-recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments and community discussion forums. This specialization program is self-paced and designed to help you master a specific career skill in as little as 4 months.

Charitable giving is rebounding as the economy improves. Yet there is a shortage of qualified fundraising professionals to help organizations connect their needs with potential donors. Through four courses, you will gain the knowledge and skills to begin or advance your career in the high demand field of fundraising and development. This Specialization is designed to meet the rising demand for trained fundraising professionals.


Angela Joens is the assistant vice chancellor of Development Outreach for the University of California, Davis, where she supervises annual giving, donor relations, research and prospect management, proposal services, marketing and communications, and development recruitment.  Prior, she was vice president of Development Operations for the Mercy Medical Center Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa and senior director of Donor Relations for the Iowa State University Foundation. Joens is also a non-profit consultant, an executive coach, and speaks nationally on topics related to stewardship, development and leadership.  
Brian Casey

Brian Casey is the assistant vice chancellor for Planned Giving at the University of California, Davis where he is responsible for overall leadership of the Planned Giving Program. He has over 20 years of experience in fundraising at the University of California, Davis, Penn State University and the Iowa State University Foundation.

Jason Wohlman has spent his entire career in higher education advancement, successfully leading both institutionally related foundations and public universities in their fundraising and alumni engagement efforts. He is the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development at UC Davis.  He provides senior leadership to the reporting units in principal giving, international development, planned giving, foundation and corporate giving, regional fundraising, intercollegiate athletic development, annual and special giving, donor relations, development communications, prospect research and development recruitment.  
Michelle Poesy joined Development and Alumni Relations at UC Davis as the senior director of annual and special gifts in September of 2014. Prior to joining UC Davis, she was the Director of Annual and Special Gifts at Washington State University for four years.

Online Schedule

Jan 01 to Mar 31

Section Notes

Enrollments are accepted on a continuous basis. Complete this specialization at your own pace.

This specialization consists of 4 courses:

  • Fundraising and Development Foundations
  • Annual Campaigns: Building a Case for Support
  • Major and Principal Gifts
  • Planned Giving

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