Ready to invest in yourself and your career? Take on the challenge to show your peers, board, and donors you’re committed to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in fundraising.

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) demonstrates a third-party has validated your knowledge.

It shows you have proven your understanding of essential fundraising best practices so you can bring even more value to your employer, clients, and the causes you serve.

As a CFRE, you’ll stand apart while enjoying a host of career benefits.

Benefits CFREs enjoy

  • 83% say it has been valuable in positively impacting earning potential
  • 90% say it has had an impact on providing enhanced professional opportunities
  • 92% say it increased their on-the-job confidence

Forging your professional development path

The CFRE is the only globally-recognized, accredited certification for fundraising professionals. Many nonprofit fundraising professionals traditionally have learned their craft through a combination of on-the-job experience and various courses and conferences.

Becoming a CFRE means you have met requirements in the following categories and also demonstrated your knowledge by successfully passing the CFRE exam:

  • Professional practice
  • Professional practice
  • Education

Learn more about the requirements for CFRE initial certification and view upcoming CFRE application deadlines.

Start your application

April 15, 2020, is the next CFRE Application deadline! Ready to begin your CFRE application? Get started here.