CFRE Certification

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is

Offered by the CFRE Board and promoted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Many AFP members have obtained the CFRE designation, which requires at least 5 years of professional fundraising experience. In order to become certified, you must complete an application and pass the CFRE exam.

You can become more familiar with the CFRE designation process and its requirements by visiting the CFRE Board web site: www.cfre.org.


Top 10 Reasons to Become CFRE Certified
  • Credibility
Certification grants you more credibility. CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in philanthropy. It adds to your credibility as a fundraiser and sets you apart from other professionals.
  • Career Opportunities
Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement. CFRE certification can give you the "edge" when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities. CFRE certification clearly identifies you as an employee who has demonstrated mastery of fundraising principles and techniques based on accepted best practices.
  • Preparation
Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities. CFRE certification is a clear indicator of your willingness to invest in your own professional development. Certified professionals are aware of the constantly changing environment around their profession and possess the desire to anticipate and respond to change.
  • Skills
Certification improves skills and knowledge. Typically, achieving CFRE certification requires training, study and "keeping up" with changes. CFRE certification showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field. CFRE certification also requires re-certification every three years, proving you stay ahead of the curve in fundraising.
  • Earning Potential
Certification may provide for greater earnings potential. Many fundraising professionals who have become CFRE recipients experience salary and wage increases based on their certification status. Studies show that on average CFRE recipients earn 17% more than their non-certified counterparts. In addition, CFRE certificants are in high demand internationally.
  • Demonstration of Commitment
Certification demonstrates your commitment to the fundraising profession. Receiving CFRE certification shows your peers, supervisors and, in turn, donors your commitment to your chosen career and your ability to perform to set standards.
  • Enhanced Professional Image
Certification enhances the profession's image. CFRE certification program seeks to grow, promote and develop certified professionals, who can stand "out in front" as role models in the fundraising field.
  • Reflection of Achievement
Certification reflects achievement. CFRE certification is a reflection of personal achievement because the individual has displayed mastery of his or her field by meeting requirements and standards set in philanthropy.
  • Self Esteem
Enriches Self Esteem. CFRE certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction.
  • Recognition
Certification offers greater recognition from peers. As a CFRE recipient, you can expect increased recognition from your peers for taking that extra step in your professional career.

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