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 2021 CFRE International election, CFRE certificants will elect four (4) CFRE Board members. Two (2) current certificant Board members are eligible for continuing service on the Board.

Due to Board matrix considerations, CFRE certificants from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are particularly encouraged to apply this year.

Submissions for consideration must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. U.S. EDT on Monday, May 31, 2021.

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:
    1. their reasons for wanting to serve, and
    2. what the individual can contribute to the organization;
  4. a statement of the candidate’s ability to meet performance expectations and willingness to serve on the Board, if nominated and selected; and
  5. 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 the individual would represent.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to: tcolarusso@cfre.org. 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 hmcginness@comcast.net.

The current CFRE International Board of Directors consists of:

Class of 2021

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

Becky Gilbert, CFRE
Director of Development
ASSIST
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 CEO
TPB Strategic Counsel
Vancouver, BC Canada

Vincent Law, 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

Class of 2023

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

Art Taylor (Public Member)
President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Arlington, VA USA

View profiles of current Board members.

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Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance

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Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development

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BBB Wise Giving Alliance

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Korea Society of Philanthropy

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Habitat for Humanity

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HKMA

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Boy and Girls Clubs of America

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China – CAFP

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NACCDO

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Brazil Fundraising Association

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European Fundraising Association

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Boy Scouts of America

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Japan Fundraising Association

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United Way Worldwide

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North American YMCA Development Organization

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New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

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Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals

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International Catholic Stewardship Council

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Fundraising Institute New Zealand

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Fundraising Institute Australia

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Association of Philanthropic Counsel

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Association of Fundraising Consultants

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Educate Plus

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The Giving Institute

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ALDE

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AFP

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