Your fundraising team’s success depends on its members’ understanding of ethical, best-practice fundraising.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) has proven their fundraising knowledge and is committed to keeping their skills up-to-date.

A CFRE brings more to your team

A proven body of fundraising knowledge

CFREs have prepared for and passed the rigorous CFRE exam, which assesses their knowledge in six key domains:

  • Current and Prospective Donor Research
  • Securing the Gift
  • Relationship Building
  • Volunteer Involvement
  • Leadership and Management
  • Ethics, Accountability, and Professionalism

A drive to go above and beyond

A CFRE has personally and professionally challenged themselves to attain their certification. They are not fundraising professionals who settle for knowing the minimum.

Peace of mind to stakeholders

Your board, donors, and grantmakers want full confidence your fundraising team adheres to ethical, best practice fundraising principles.

Fundraising for a long-term career

You want your team to be comprised of dedicated professionals who see fundraising as a long-term career, not a stint. CFREs have invested themselves in fundraising as a serious career path.

Why employers support CFRE certification

The CFRE credential signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional. Many employers support staff members on their CFRE journey.

54% of CFREs receive employer support towards their initial certification fees.
60% of employers put money towards the continuing education required for certification.

Have questions about the benefits of hiring a CFRE or want to know more? Contact share@cfre.org.

Full confidence in the CFRE process

To earn CFRE certification, fundraising professionals must:

  • meet education, professional practice, and professional performance requirements
  • pass a comprehensive exam on best practices in ethical fundraising
  • attest that they are knowledgeable and abide by the International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising as well as laws governing fundraising in their region of practice

The CFRE is the only accredited, globally recognized certification for fundraising professionals.

Visit the CFRE Job Center to recruit a CFRE for your fundraising team!

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