Fundraising and Development Professional Concentration Fast Track

The Fastest Way to Advance Your Career in the Development Field 

UC Davis Extension's "Fast Track" format is a convenient way to accelerate your training and quickly advance your career.

  • Complete your certificate program in just nine months
  • Save 15% with our pre-pay pricing option.
  • Receive priority enrollment 

When you choose the Fast Track option, we automatically enroll you into each class.

Spring Quarter

Fundamentals of Fundraising and Development 

This course provides a broad overview for those entering the fundraising profession and those with limited experience who seek to expand their knowledge of the entire fundraising enterprise.

Summer Quarter

Annual Campaigns 

In this comprehensive overview of annual giving programs, you’ll gain an introduction to the basic terminology and concepts of annual giving as well as the various solicitation channels and donor types.

Major and Principal Gifts

Gain a comprehensive view of major and principal gift development work and explore guiding philosophies and strategic approaches.

Fall Quarter

Planned Giving

Gain the basic terminology and concepts in the field as well as an overview of each planned giving vehicle. Learn to understand the importance of administration of planned gifts to ensure compliance with policies and fulfillment of obligations to the donor.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

To participate in the Fast Track option, enroll in this section, pay for the program (at the discounted Fast Track rate) and our academic advisers will place you in the courses listed below.

*This section of the Fast Track will begin with the winter offering of Fundamentals of Fundraising, offered February 6 - April 2.

The courses that follow are:

  • Major and Principal Gifts (April 22-June 5)
  • Annual Campaigns (June 24 - August 4 )
  • Planned Giving (August 2020-September 2020)

Enrollment Policies

Students enrolled in the Fast Track series receive a discounted program fee. If your plans change, a request to drop (or transfer) to another offering of a series or course must be received prior to the course start date and may require a processing fee of $30.

Requesting a drop from the full series prior to the start of the first class will be processed with a full refund, less a $30 processing fee.

Requests to drop the Fast Track series after starting the first class will be processed with a refund of remaining funds after the full course fee is assessed for each class started or completed in the series.

Contact the program coordinator to discuss changes to the Fast Track series of courses.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements. In addition, the following hardware will be used for all courses within this program: 1) Headphones (required) 2) Webcam (required) Please call (530) 757-8895 for further information or assistance.