Launch a career that can make a difference in one of today’s fastest growing sectors!

With over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. alone, the nonprofit sector is the 3rd largest employer in America. According to a report by the John Hopkins Center for Civil Studies, this industry has  shown a 10 year growth despite two recessions.

This is especially true in California, one of two states with the greatest number of fundraising jobs. In the Los Angeles region alone, 40,000 nonprofit organizations* offer vast, exciting opportunities for employment as well as volunteer work.

*2008 State of the Nonprofit Sector Report, Center for Civil Society, UCLA

A career in the nonprofit world gives you the opportunity to grow and effect change. Despite challenging economic times, the culture of philanthropy and advocacy is thriving. Individuals are still giving and are looking for ways to make a difference.

Get the career skills and knowledge you need–quickly.


Specialization in Fundraising

From healthcare and human services to education and the arts, fundraisers make the work of mission-driven nonprofits possible. UCLA Extension’s 3-course Specialization in Fundraising provides a comprehensive, practice-oriented introduction to this vital profession. Designed for aspiring fundraisers and current nonprofit professionals who wish to advance their careers, the Specialization is taught by leading practitioners and features an innovative, project-based curriculum grounded in the core skills required of modern fundraisers.

This 12-unit, three-course specialization can be completed fully online. Course topics include fundraising strategy, donor prospecting, individual and corporate giving, foundation grants, major gifts, planned giving and blended gifts, closing tactics, annual giving, and donor stewardship and engagement.


Participation in the UCLA Extension Fundraising Specialization may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and the UCLA Extension Fundraising Specialization was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.


Completion Requirements

Maintaining Certificate Candidacy

Students must complete requirements within 3 years from the date of establishing candidacy in the specialization. Courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or better in order to count toward your specialization, and one-day courses that are offered for pass/no pass credit only must be “passed” in order to count toward your specialization. These requirements are subject to change. Please contact the Fundraising Specialization program representative at for more details.

Want more information about the program and enrollment, please visit Fundraising Specialization Courses and Tuition Information