No matter what professional challenges come your way, have the power of a professional certification on your side.

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) ensures you have the donor-centric fundraising body of knowledge needed to navigate a challenging fundraising landscape.

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

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

October 1, 2020, is the next CFRE Application deadline! Ready to begin your CFRE application? Get started here.

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