AHP's Certification Program, established in 1975, allows members to achieve professional recognition by documenting experience and testing knowledge in healthcare 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 healthcare resource development and management
  • Healthcare resource development professionals who want to challenge themselves and jump-start their careers
  • Specialists in one aspect of healthcare 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 healthcare resource development and management
  • Professionals employed in related fields (such as public relation, marketing, or fundraising) for causes other than healthcare who wish to pursue or maintain professional credentials in the healthcare arena


The Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) is the baseline designation for a unified credentialing program designed specifically for fundraising executives. It was created to provide a single, credible industry-wide process for identifying practitioners who meet the standards for the fundraising profession.

The program is administered by the independent CFRE Professional Certification Board which consists of representatives from the participating partner organizations. At present, these include AHP and 30 other membership organizations in the nonprofit space. 

The CFRE program is open to all individuals meeting the eligibility requirements, regardless of affiliation with a professional association. 

For more information about the CFRE program, including the application process and requirements, 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 Newest CFREs!

Michelle Boggs, CFRE
Executive Director Foundation
Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation
Miami, FL 

Jessica L. Bortner, CFRE
Executive Director
Community Hospital Health Foundation
McCook, NE 

Jan E. Buehler, CFRE
Manager, Capital Campaign
Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation
Saanichton, BC 

Katherine Colhoff, CFRE
Regional Director, Communications & Events
Providence Foundations of Oregon
Portland, OR 

Hilary Corley, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy, Violence Prevention Programs
LifeBridge Health
Department of Development
Baltimore, MD 

Lora Croley, CFRE
System Director of Donor Relations
Baptist Health Foundation
Paducah, KY 

Kara Donvito, CFRE
Director of Development
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
Boca Raton, FL 

Debbie Ferguson, CFRE

Director of Annual Giving
Baptist Health Foundation
Jacksonville, FL 

Samantha Gilleland, CFRE
Lead Foundation Specialist
Spectrum Health Foundation
Grand Rapids, MI 

Lisa Hoglund, CFRE
Executive Director
Delta Hospital Foundation and Community Health Foundation
Delta, BC 

Afsheen Jiwani, CFRE
Senior Manager, Leadership Giving
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Toronto, ON 

Abby Leng, CFRE
Development Manger, Advocate Charitable Foundation
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, IL 

Elizabeta Liguric, CFRE
Major Gifts Officer
Calgary, AB T3E2W5

Julie Ott, CFRE
Director of Development
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
Boca Raton, FL 

Sarah Quinto, CFRE
Manager. Major Gifts
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation
Santa Rosa, CA

Jeffrey M. Roth, CFRE
Development Officer
IU Health Foundation
Indianapolis, IN 

Mary Wagner, CFRE
Major Gifts Officer
Providence Alaska Foundation
Anchorage, AK 

Suzanne Watroba, CFRE
Major Gift Officer
Enloe Medical Center Foundation
Chico, CA 

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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. 

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