Fundraising and Development FAQs

Prerequisites, Requirements and Accreditation

  • I don't have a background in Fundraising and Development. Am I qualified to enter this program?
  • Yes. This program is intended for those with little or no fundraising experience. Courses cover basic fundraising concepts before moving to advanced information. Those with no fundraising experience are strongly recommended to begin with the Fundamentals of Fundraising and Development course.
  • I have worked as a fundraiser for a small non-profit organization. Will this program be relevant to me?
  • Yes. This program is taught by senior Fundraising and Development leaders from UC Davis. The concepts taught will help to prepare students for careers at large organizations, such as universities and hospitals, as well as provide advanced skills for working in smaller non-profit settings.
  • Can I earn continuing education credit in this program?
  • Yes. Our fundraising courses are each approved for 20 continuing education points by Certified Fundraising Executive, International (CFRE). Complete our entire Professional Concentration and earn the 80 points required for CFRE certification.
  • What are the requirements to earn the Fundraising and Development Professional Concentration (PC)?
  • To earn the PC, you must complete the four required courses. We offer a pre-pay option that will save you 15% on the cost of the program when you pay up-front for all four courses at the discounted rate. Our academic advisers will place you in the courses each quarter, and you will receive priority enrollment. Contact the program administrator at (530) 757-8895 or businessinfo@ucdavis.edu to learn more.
  • Do courses provide academic credit and/or continuing education units?
  • No, these courses do not offer academic credit. However our fundraising courses are each approved for 20 continuing education points by Certified Fundraising Executive, International (CFRE). Complete our entire Professional Concentration and earn the 80 points required for CFRE certification.
  • Do you have a suggested order in which I should take the courses?
  • You may take the courses in any order, but if you have limited fundraising experience, we recommend you begin with Fundamentals of Fundraising and Development, which is offered in spring and fall quarters.
  • Do I need to apply for the program before I start taking courses?
  • No application is required to begin the Professional Concentration.
  • What prior education is required to qualify for this program?
  • Anyone can take this program. You do not need to provide documentation for any prior education.
  • May I enroll in individual courses without completing the Professional Concentration?
  • Yes, you may enroll in individual courses as you need them.
  • How is the course material presented?
  • All courses in this program are fully online and feature a mix of online lecture, peer interaction, virtual discussion and real-world learning activities designed to advance your job skills and train you to become a development officer. 
  • Who are the program instructors and what is their experience?
  • This program is developed and taught by senior leaders of the award-winning UC Davis Fundraising and Development staff. They are working professionals who infuse their course material with real-world insights.
  • How long will it take me to complete the Professional Concentration?
  • This program is designed to be completed in one year, taking one course per quarter.
  • What is the cost of the program?
  • The PC costs between $3,580.  If you enroll in the pre-pay option, you’ll pay $3,043 (a savings of 15%)
  • Do you offer financial aid?
  • There are several student financial aid options available to students at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. Learn more.
  • For what kinds of roles do these courses prepare me?
  • This PC can prepare you for a variety of roles, from fundraiser for small non-profits to development officer at large organizations such as universities and hospitals.
  • What is the salary range I can expect to earn once I am successfully employed?
  • According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the average annual salary for a fundraiser is $75,913, and the projected job growth rate is 28% higher than the national average.