Commit.
Excel.
Lead.

Be a CFRE.

Step Forward in Your Fundraising Career

What the CFRE Does for You:

84%

of CFREs say it has been valuable in positively impacting earning potential

89%

of CFREs say it has had an impact on providing enhanced professional opportunities

92%

of CFREs say it increased on-the-job confidence

Steps to Certification

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) speaks volumes about your commitment to ethical, best-practice fundraising. Whether you’re seeking a new opportunity or wish to advance at your current organization, you’ll feel confident to take on fundraising’s toughest challenges.

CFRE Application

The written application works on a point system – your MY CFRE account will calculate your point totals for you.

CFRE Exam

Once your application is approved, you’ll have up to one year to sit for the CFRE Exam.

Start Your Application

It’s free to begin! You could be closer than you think to becoming a CFRE.

CFRE Requirements

Education

80 Points


Continuing education in the last 5 years

Professional Practice

36 Points


Working in a paid professional fundraising role for at least 36 months in the last 5 years.

Professional Performance

55 Points


Earned via funds raised or from communications and management projects in the last 5 years.

The CFRE exam is offered annually during four test windows.
April 15, 2023, is the next CFRE application deadline.

Exam Dates & Fees

You can start and submit your application through your
MY CFRE account – it’s free and easy to begin.

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Japan Fundraising Association

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Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals

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