Three CFRE certificants honored as Outstanding Young Fundraising Professionals

Three of the younger members of our community of CFRE certified fundraising professionals have recently been named to the first group of five Outstanding Young Fundraising Professionals by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Please join CFRE International in congratulating Nicholas Kulik , CFRE, Kayleigh Rae Stampfler, CFRE, and Jessica Wroblewski, CFRE on achieving this recognition.

New this year, the Outstanding Young Professionals program honors fundraisers under the age of 31 who have already shown exemplary work in raising funds, inspiring donors, helping manage campaigns and giving back to the profession.

“Not only are they representing the next generation of fundraisers, they are also leading the way for others. They have already shown tremendous fundraising prowess as well as a deep desire to support and give back to the fundraising community”, said AFP Interim President and CEO Jason Lee.

The Outstanding Young Professionals were selected by judges from the AFP Awards Committee and the AFP NextGen Committee and will be recognized at AFP’s International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco on Sunday, April 30, during the Opening General Session.

“I believe that working towards my CFRE early on in my career forced me to become a student of the industry. The certification process taught me the importance of understanding donor cultivation, volunteer management and ethics, which is foundational to our work. The CFRE has played a vital role in my success as a fundraiser and I firmly believe using the CFRE application requirements as my personal career goals helped me achieve this honor.” -Nicholas Kulik, CFRE

Jessica Wroblewski is the manager, major gifts and planned giving at the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo and a full-time student in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree program at Carleton University.  She earned her CFRE credential in 2016. After raising more than $3.5M for charities such as Plan International Canada, Holy Trinity School, Copernicus Lodge Foundation and reBOOT Canada, she started her own consulting firm called Social Profit Partners. Jessica volunteers with AFP and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.


Kayleigh Rae Stampfler also earned her CFRE in 2016 and is the senior philanthropic advisor at Rochester Area Community Foundation, where she helps generous individuals and families achieve their philanthropic goals. She is part of a team that is working to increase the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment to support the changing needs of the eight-county region. Stampfler most enjoys assisting donors as they create their legacy plans. Previously, she worked at Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Corn Hill Navigation, and Gilda’s Club Rochester with running events, managing outreach programs, and securing major gifts.


Nicholas Kulik was first introduced to fundraising at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Bowling Green State University and has steadily risen through the ranks, working at a variety of organizations, including the United Way in Racine, Wisc., where he led a record setting $5.4 million annual campaign. He has moved quickly to re-build and re-energize the major gift programs for two of The University of Toledo’s largest colleges, already raising more than $2 million in his first year and has been promoted to lead the major gift program for the College of Engineering. Kulik is also a recipient of Pi Kappa Phi’s Thirty Under 30 Award. Nicholas earned the CFRE credential in 2015.

Click Here to visit the AFP website for more about Nicholas, Kayleigh, Jessica, and the other members of the first group of AFP Outstanding Young Fundraising Professionals.