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Fundraising and Development

Advance Your Career as a Fundraiser in Just Nine Months

Get the training you need to begin or advance a rewarding career in the high-demand field of fundraising and development. Our fully online fundraising training courses provide a comprehensive overview of the development field, including career opportunities for becoming a development officer; basic terminology; the development lifecycle, including prospect identification and cultivating major donors; and strategic fundraising initiatives.

This online program is developed and taught by senior and executive members of the award-winning development team at UC Davis, who have over 120 years of combined fundraising and development experience. 

Students can choose to complete the entire, completely online, four-course professional concentration or take only the classes that meet their specific needs. The professional concentration can be completed in as few as nine months.

Career Outlook

With over 1.5 million organizations, nonprofits are the 3rd largest (and one of the fastest growing) industries in the United States. The demand for fundraising and development professionals is high, as nonprofits strive to meet demand and provide vital services to their communities.

  • The average professional fundraiser in the U.S. earned $75,913 in 2014

  • 63 percent of fundraisers reported a salary increase in 2014

  • The projected growth rate for fundraising and development jobs in the next decade is 28% higher than the national average


Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2015 Compensation and Benefits Report 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Ed.



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