CFRE certification’s accreditation means worldwide recognition and acceptance


Alexandria, VA – January 23, 2019 – The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE®) certification became the only accredited, globally recognized fundraising certification in June 2017 when the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited CFRE certification under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for personnel certification programs.

Recently, ANSI was accepted as a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA), which extended recognition to all certifications accredited by ANSI. Being recognized by IAF provides further confidence that ANSI accreditation conforms to global requirements for accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17011) and successfully demonstrates its competence through a rigorous peer evaluation process.

Certifications, including the CFRE, offered by a signatory of the IAF MLA provide further acceptance on a global basis. Many governmental agencies, certification bodies, and suppliers only accept certifications accredited by an IAF MLA signatory. Among the many national accreditation bodies recognizing CFRE certification through the IAF MLA are the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), and the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS).

As such, CFREs can continue to have full confidence that their CFRE certification carries the highest regard internationally and meets the most stringent global standards.

“ANSI’s acceptance into the IAF MLA further strengthens the reputation of the CFRE certification,” said CFRE International President and CEO Dr. Eva E. Aldrich, CAE, (CFRE 2001-2016). “For the thousands of CFREs worldwide, their certification means more than ever. Employers with CFREs on their staff can remain fully assured their organization and its donors are served with a higher level of knowledge and accountability—factors vital for superior fundraising results.”

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.

Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence, and ethics. It is how today’s fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals.

Ashley Gatewood
Communications and Marketing Manager
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