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.

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 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:

Chandler Bibb, CFRE, Director of Development, Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation, Birmingham, AL
Mary Brush-Hahn, CFRE, Associate Director of Major Gifts, UT Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, TX
Meaghan Byrnes, CFRE, Annual Gifts Officer, North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation, North Bay, ON
Karl C. Cote, CFRE,
Executive Director, Northeast & Seton Health Foundations, Northeast Health Foundation, Albany, NY
Michelle Daniel, CFRE, VP for Philanthropy & Strategic Implementation, Methodist Senior Services, Tupelo, MS 
Sarah Helm, CFRE, Executive Director, ALMH Foundation, Lincoln, IL
Mary M. Klinger, CFRE, President, St. Luke's Foundation, Cedar Rapids, IA
Jared A. Langkilde, MBA, CFRE, President & CEO, HonorHealth Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ
Ashleigh Leite, CFRE, Vice President, Major Gifts & Planned Gifts, HonorHealth Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ
Morgan E. Milner, CFRE, Associate Director of Development for Major Gifts, Neuroscience & Behavioral Medicine, Children's Hospital Foundation, Silver Spring, MD
Jane Nordell, CFRE, Major Gift Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Office of Philanthropy, Allentown, PA
Joycelin L. Randle, CFRE, Senior Development Officer, Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, Little Rock, AR
Clarissa Reis, CFRE, Director, Leadership Gifts, Parkview Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN
Caroline Thompson, CFRE, Director, Philanthropy, University Hospital Foundation, Edmonton, AB
Collette Wixom-Call, CFRE, Director of Advancement - Physical Medicine & Rehab, University of Utah Health Office of Advancement, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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