Starting your application is the first step.
1. Certification grants you more credibility.
CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in philanthropy. In fact, 95% of CFREs say earning the credential enhanced their credibility with employers and clients.*
2. Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement.
With 89% of CFREs reporting the credential has had an impact on providing enhanced professional opportunities, it is an investment that pays dividends.*
3. Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities.
It is a marker of your willingness to invest in your own professional development. By passing the CFRE Exam, you demonstrate that you have a well-rounded body of knowledge to help you meet challenges head on.
4. Certification improves skills and knowledge.
Typically, achieving CFRE certification requires training, study, and “keeping up” with changes. It showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field. CFRE certification requires recertification every three years, proving you stay ahead of the curve in fundraising.
5. Certification may lead to higher pay.
Many CFREs report pay increases based on their certification status. In the U.S., on average, mid-career CFREs earn 5 – 16% more than their non-certified counterparts. In Canada, CFREs enjoy a 14% pay bump, versus those without the credential, on average.** In addition, CFREs are in high demand internationally.
6. Certification demonstrates your commitment to the fundraising profession.
Earning the CFRE credential shows your peers, supervisors, and, in turn, donors your commitment to your chosen career and your ability to perform to set standards.
7. Certification enhances the profession’s image.
The CFRE certification program seeks to grow, promote, and develop certified professionals who can serve as role models in the fundraising field.
8. Certification reflects achievement.
CFRE certification is a reflection of personal achievement because the individual has displayed mastery of his or her field by meeting requirements and standards set in philanthropy.
9. Certification builds self-esteem.
CFRE certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction. That’s why 99% of CFREs say the sense of personal achievement provided by CFRE certification has been valuable to their career.*
10. Certification offers greater recognition from peers.
As a CFRE certificant, you can expect increased recognition from your peers for taking that extra step in your professional career.
*2021 CFRE Certificant Survey
**2023 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report