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.