CFRE International call for board nominations is open

The CFRE International Committee on Directorship announces that it will accept nominations for candidates to serve as members of the CFRE International Board of Directors. The CFRE International Board of Directors is comprised of eleven (11) individuals. Ten (10) individuals are currently certified fundraising professionals; one (1) is a member of the public at large. A recommended slate of candidates for election is annually presented to and voted on by the current CFRE certificant population.

In the 2020 CFRE International election, CFRE certificants will elect three (3) CFRE Board members. Two (2) current certificant Board members are eligible for continuing service on the Board. The Board is seeking nominations for the one (1) Board member designated as a member of the general public.  The position of the public member is intended to be an individual who represents the direct and indirect users of CFRE certificants’ skills and services.  The public member shall not be CFRE certified; shall have, at some time, been a consumer of some form of the skills or services of CFRE certificants; and shall have experience serving as a volunteer within not-for-profit organizations.  Neither the public member nor the public member’s immediate family may be current or previous members of the fundraising profession.

Submissions for consideration must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. U.S. EDT on Friday, May 29, 2020.

CFRE Certificants for consideration

All CFRE certificants in good standing are invited to submit nominations for consideration by the Committee on Directorship. Candidates are welcome to self-nominate, or they may be nominated by another current CFRE certificant.

To be considered, all candidates must be currently certified as a CFRE in good standing and have recertified at least once. Individuals interested in applying for consideration who are in their recertification grace period must first submit a completed recertification application.

CFRE International seeks to have its Board be representative of the full diversity of the certificant population and the profession at large. The Committee on Directorship takes into consideration many factors including, but not limited to, demonstrated leadership capabilities, geographic location, staff position or consultant, type and size of employing organization, and those with skills that complement those of individuals already serving on the Board.

Preferred candidates will have familiarity with and experience participating as a volunteer in the activities of CFRE International and be actively involved in promoting the credential. CFRE certificants included on the ballot will each be elected to a three-year term.

All nominees for consideration

The Committee requests the following information from those individuals brought forth for consideration:

  1. name and contact information;
  2. a current resume;
  3. a letter of intent and/or statements from the individual outlining:
  4. their reasons for wanting to serve, and
  5. what he or she can contribute to the organization;
  6. a statement of the candidate’s ability to meet performance expectations and willingness to serve on the Board, if nominated and selected; and
  7. a completed CFRE International Board Candidacy Information Sheet

In principle and practice, CFRE International values and seeks a diverse population of Board members. There shall be no barriers to full participation in the organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, and socio-economic status. All Board members shall be selected with due consideration to diversity in its broadest sense. Please indicate if the nominee brings diversity in representation to the Board, and what underrepresented community he or she would represent.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to: Subject: Board Nomination

Performance expectations

The CFRE International Board holds two face-to-face meetings a year and two teleconference meetings. As a small board, attendance is vital and expected. New Board members are also required to attend a webinar for orientation to the Board. Board members, with the exception of the public member, are expected to participate in all aspects of examination development, including item writing and review, and to actively serve on multiple committees. CFRE International does pay travel expenses related to attendance of Board meetings.

Selection process

The Committee on Directorship will review submissions and suggestions throughout June. The Committee reviews all candidates and their qualifications using a matrix of skills held by current board members to assist in identifying nominees with complementary skills and abilities. In addition, the Committee conducts comprehensive candidate interviews. Candidates are also asked to submit volunteer references, although this is not required at the time of original nomination. A slate of well-qualified and screened nominees is then selected and will be submitted for acceptance by ballot of CFRE certificants in July.

Any questions about Board service or the Committee on Directorship should be directed to the Chair of the Committee on Directorship, Heather Hill, CNM, CFRE, at

The current CFRE International Board of Directors consists of:

Class of 2020

Elizabeth LeClair, CFRE
Director of Major Gifts
QEII Foundation
Halifax, NS Canada

Jeffrey M. Norris, CFRE
President and CEO
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation
New Westminster, BC Canada

Mary Tschirhart, PhD, MBA (Public Member)
Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA

Class of 2021

India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Shore Community Services, Inc.
Skokie, IL USA

Becky Gilbert, CFRE
Director of Development
Berlin, Germany

Graham Papenfus, CFRE, F.IDPE
Director of Development and Fundraising
Kingswood School
Bath, UK

Mark A. Stuart, CFRE
President & CEO
The San Diego Foundation
San Diego, CA USA

Class of 2022

Catherine Bays, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
Museum of Discovery
Little Rock, AR USA

Tom Berekoff, MA, CFRE
President and Founder
tpb Strategic Counsel
Vancouver, BC Canada

Vincent Law, MSSc, MInstF(Dip), CFRE
Advisor, Fund Development and Communications
SOS Children’s Villages International, Asia
Hong Kong, China

Lesley Ray, MBus, CFRE, FFIA
Executive Director – Philanthropy
Mater Foundation
Brisbane, QLD Australia

View profiles of current Board members

American Public Gardens Association (APGA)


United Negro College Fund



Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance


Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development


BBB Wise Giving Alliance


Korea Society of Philanthropy


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Habitat for Humanity




Boy and Girls Clubs of America


China – CAFP




Brazil Fundraising Association


European Fundraising Association


Japan Fundraising Association


North American YMCA Development Organization


New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy


Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals


International Catholic Stewardship Council


Fundraising Institute New Zealand


Fundraising Institute Australia


Association of Philanthropic Counsel


Association of Fundraising Consultants


Educate Plus


The Giving Institute