Our Mission

CFRE International certifies experienced fundraising professionals aspiring to the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector.

Our Vision

A world where philanthropy is practiced in an environment of trust, respect and accountability.

Our Values

CFRE International’s values are the principles that guide our daily work—how we interact with each other and those we serve. These values guide our board, volunteers, and staff in making ethical decisions that affect candidates, certificants, and the profession of fundraising.


We engage in continuous organizational review and improvement to deliver our program in a way that exceeds expectations.


We adhere to an objective, fair, and consistently applied process for collecting and evaluating information for decision-making that treats all people with equity.


We ensure fairness, accuracy, validity, and reliability in the development and administration of the certification program to ensure it meets the highest standards as defined by experts in the field.


We accept responsibility individually and collectively to create a quality, sustainable organization that operates in an honest and transparent manner and is prudent in the use of financial and volunteer resources.


We embrace and include the strengths, skills, and perspectives that contribute to the development of the certification program and its certificants to build bridges among fundraising professionals.