CFRE International call for Board nominations extended through 31 May

PrintTo ensure that all CFRE credentialed fundraisers have adequate time to complete and submit nominations to the CFRE International Board of Directors , the Committee on Directorship announces that it has extended the deadline for candidate nominations through 31 May 2016.

The CFRE International Board of Directors is comprised of eleven (11) individuals. Ten (10) individuals are currently certified fundraising professionals; one (1) is a member of the public at large. A recommended slate of candidates for election is annually presented to and voted on by the current CFRE certificant population.

In the 2016 CFRE International election, CFRE certificants will elect four (4) CFRE certificant board members. Two (2) current certificant board members are eligible for continuing service on the Board. 

Submissions for consideration must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. U.S. EDT on Tuesday, 31 May 2016.

CFRE Certificants for Consideration:

All CFRE certificants in good standing are invited to submit nominations for consideration by the Committee on Directorship. Candidates are welcome to self-nominate, or they may be nominated by another current CFRE certificant.

To be considered, all candidates must be currently certified as a CFRE in good standing and have recertified at least once. Individuals interested in applying for consideration who are in their recertification grace period must first submit a completed recertification application.

CFRE International seeks to have its Board be representative of the full diversity of the certificant population and the profession at large. The Committee on Directorship takes into consideration many factors including, but not limited to demonstrated leadership capabilities, geographic location, staff position or consultant, type and size of employing organization, and those with skills that complement those of individuals already serving on the Board.

Preferred candidates will have familiarity with and experience participating as a volunteer in the activities of CFRE International and be actively involved in promoting the credential. CFRE certificants included on the ballot will each be elected to a three-year term.

All Nominees for Consideration:

The Committee requests the following information from those individuals brought forth for consideration:

  1. name and contact information;
  2. a current resume;
  3. a letter of intent and/or statements from the individual outlining their reasons for wanting to serve and what he or she can contribute to the organization;
  4. a statement of the candidate’s ability to meet performance expectations nd willingness to serve on the Board, if nominated and selected; and
  5. a completed CFRE International Board Candidacy Information Sheet (Linked here)

In principle and practice, CFRE International values and seeks a diverse population of Board members. There shall be no barriers to full participation in the organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, and socio-economic status. All Board members shall be selected with due consideration to diversity in its broadest sense. Please indicate if the nominee brings diversity in representation to the Board, and what underrepresented community he or she would represent.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to: Subject: Board Nomination

Performance Expectations:

The CFRE International Board holds two face-to-face meetings a year and two teleconference meetings. As a small board, attendance is vital and expected. New Board members are also required to attend a one (1) day orientation to the Board. Board members, with the exception of the public member, are expected to participate in all aspects of examination development, including item writing and review, and to actively serve on multiple committees. CFRE International does pay travel expenses related to attendance of Board meetings.

 Selection Process:

The Committee on Directorship will review submissions and suggestions throughout June. The Committee reviews all candidates and their qualifications using a matrix of skills held by current board members to assist in identifying nominees with complementary skills and abilities. In addition, the Committee conducts comprehensive candidate interviews. Candidates are also asked to submit volunteer references, although this is not required at the time of original nomination. A slate of well-qualified and screened nominees is then selected and will be submitted for acceptance by ballot of CFRE certificants in July.

Any questions about Board service or the Committee on Directorship should be directed to the Chair of the Committee on Directorship, Phil Schumacher CFRE ACFRE at

The current CFRE International Board of Directors consists of:

Class of 2016:

Heather R. McGinness, CNM, CFRE (Vice Chair)
Senior Consultant – Account Executive
Meyer Partners LLC
Schaumburg, IL USA

Leo Orland, FFIA, CFRE
Account Director
Robejohn & Associates

Clive Pedley, FFINZ, CFRE (Secretary/Treasurer)
Managing Director
Giving Architects Limited

Philip Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE (Immediate Past Chair)
Winona, MN USA

Class of 2017:

Sharon Gleason, CFRE, ACFRE
Executive Vice President of Financial Development and Communications
Armed Services YMCA
Springfield, VA USA

Marnie Hill, CFRE (Chair)
Director, Planned Giving
Canadian Red Cross
Victoria, BC CANADA

Judith Markoe (Public Member)
Big Picture Marketing Consulting
Washington, DC USA

Class of 2018:

Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE
Founding Partner
Goalbusters Consulting
Flagstaff, AZ USA

Becky Ann Gilbert, CFRE
Independent Consultant

Richard K. Martin, CFRE
Chief Advancement Officer
Detroit, MI USA

Graham Papenfus, CFRE, F.IDPE
Development Director
Dean Close School
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UNITED KINGDOM

Profiles of current Board members are available at