A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is a fundraising professional who has gone the extra mile to confirm their own mastery of fundraising practices.

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

What a CFRE brings to your team

As an employer, you benefit tremendously from a CFRE’s commitment to the profession and proven body of knowledge.

A proven body of fundraising knowledge: All 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.

You can have confidence that a CFRE is well versed in these aspects of fundraising.

A drive to go above and beyond: A CFRE has personally and professionally challenged themselves in order to attain their certification. They are not fundraising professionals who settle for knowing the minimum. They have an appetite for continuous learning and application of best practices to all facets of their work.

Piece of mind to your stakeholders: Your board, employer, and grantmakers want full confidence that your fundraising team members are using current best practices and are dedicated to ethical fundraising. They want you to have the most knowledgeable, dedicated individuals on your team.

A CFRE tangibly brings that professional commitment and knowledge. With a “can-do” mindset, they know the value of continually keeping up with changes so your team isn’t using yesterday’s methods.

They are in fundraising for a long-term career: It is no secret that many people enter fundraising for a few years and then exit. 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 prefer to hire CFREs

Many employers support their staff members on their CFRE journey.

In fact, 51% of CFREs receive employer support towards their initial certification fees and 63% of employers put money towards the continuing education required for certification.

These employers know that by investing in their staff, they are investing in their fundraising department’s future success.

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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; and 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. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which confers independent, widely respected national and international validation of the rigor of CFRE certification. Research shows that accredited certification programs are consistently preferred by employers because they drive quality and improve results.

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