AHP's Certification Program, established in 1975, allows members to achieve professional recognition by documenting experience and testing knowledge in health care resource development. Currently, there are two levels of achievement in the program: the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and the Fellow (FAHP).

Who should pursue certification? 

  • Anyone currently employed in the field of health care resource development and management
  • Health care resource development professionals who want to challenge themselves and jump-start their careers
  • Specialists in one aspect of health care resource development who want to develop more general knowledge and skills and learn how their activities fit into their organizations overall fundraising program
  • Consultants to health care resource development and management
  • Professionals employed in related fields (such as public relation, marketing, or fundraising for causes other than health care) who wish to pursue or maintain professional credentials in the health care arena


The Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) is the baseline designation for a unified credentialing program designed specifically for fundraising executives. This program is administered by the independent CFRE Professional Certification Board which consists of representatives from the participating partner organizations. At present, these include AHP, the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE), the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), the National Council for Resource Development (NCRD), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). It was created to provide a single, credible industry-wide process for identifying practitioners who meet the standards for the fundraising profession. The CFRE program is open to all individuals meeting the eligibility requirements, regardless of affiliation with a professional association.

The Certified Fundraising Executive program is open to any eligible fundraising professional, regardless of professional association affiliation. All potential candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Paid, professional Employment for a minimum of five (5) of the most recent eight (8) years, allowing for employment gaps;
  • A minimum of 80 points in Education, consisting of points awarded for academic education and continuing education (1 point per clock-hour or .1 CEU). CFRE candidates are expected to have participated in on-going educational activities.
  • A minimum of 60 points in the area of Performance. Points are earned for actual dollars raised (1 point per $25,000) and/or for major communications efforts (i.e., public relations campaigns) and/or management projects (i.e., long-range strategic planning.
  • A minimum of 55 points in the area of Service which looks at a candidate's personal commitment to the spirit of philanthropy through participation in professional associations and/or community organizations (i.e., local church, youth groups, etc.) 

The program consists of an evaluation of a candidate's experience, fundraising accomplishments, post-high school education, professional continuing education, and service to the profession and society. In addition, the candidate's employment history is verified and the candidate's knowledge of fundraising principles and techniques is measured by a written, multiple choice examination.

For more information about the CFRE program, please visit the CFRE website.


The Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) is a designation bestowed on AHP members who have made significant contributions to the health care philanthropy profession. The Fellow designation recognizes a career of achievement. 

Representing fewer than 2% of AHP members, the FAHP is awarded to those who truly demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to health care philanthropy.

Becoming a Fellow of AHP signifies a high level of accomplishment and expertise in health care philanthropy. The designation assures the public that their donations are in the hands of a professional. On your resume, your AHP Fellow designation tells current and prospective employers that you have met a recognized standard of excellence and have reached the top of your profession.

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AHP Congratulates Our Members on Becoming CFREs!

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) signals commitment, competence and credibility. To become a CFRE, fundraising professionals must document their professional performance, education and professional practice as well as pass the CFRE exam.

We are proud to recognize these members for their accomplishment of becoming CFREs during the most recent CFRE testing window:

Robyn Arseneau, CFRE, B.A. (Hons.), MPhil, Executive Director, Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation, Carleton Place, ON 
Pietro Bonacossa, CFRE, Senior Director, Foundation & Grant Giving, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, Miami, FL
Keri Eisenberg, CFRE, Senior Director of Development, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Lesley Heighway, CFRE, President & Chief Executive Officer, Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation, Peterborough, ON
Kevin J. Hughes, CFRE, External Relations Director, John Muir Health Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA
Emily Kline, CFRE, Major Gifts & Annual Giving Officer, Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA
Traci Marciniak-Hilinski, CFRE, President, Miller-Dwan Foundation, Duluth, MN
Amy W. McNaughton, CFRE, Director of Development Operations, Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, Rockland, ME
Emily Moser, CFRE, Annual Giving Manager, Maine Medical Center - Philanthropy Department, Portland, ME
Mischa Mueller, CFRE, Director of Philanthropy, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Kelowna, BC 
Vonise Petersen, CFRE, Principal Gift Officer, Intermountain Foundation - Primary Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
Julie Rowlas, CFRE, Chief Operating Officer, Eskenazi Health Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
Rick J. Scott, CFRE, Vice President, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, Albuquerque, NM
Tim Self, CFRE, CNP, FCEP, Executive Director, AnMed Health Foundation, Anderson, SC
Tenley Soares, CFRE, Senior Officer, Development, Oakville Hospital Foundation, Oakville, ON
Paula Valerio, CFRE, Events Coordinator, University Hospital Foundation, Edmonton, AB
Karen Watson, CFRE, Executive Director of Development, The Campbell Foundation, Germantown, TN

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The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential recognizes your commitment to personal and professional achievement. It demonstrates an individual's mastery of the standards set for core knowledge and skills that fundraising executives should possess after five years of experience. The CFRE International certification process consists of two parts: 1) a written application and 2) a written examination. Candidates must meet the requirements of the written application before they may take the exam.