Alexandria, VA, USA – February 9, 2023 – CFRE International proudly announces the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as its newest Participating Organization and first to join the program in 2023.
UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness.
UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S.
As a Participating Organization, UNCF’s Teaching and Learning Center will be recognized as an Approved Provider for CFRE Continuing Education points.
Fundraising staff at UNCF and UNCF-member HBCUs now receive a 20 percent discount on CFRE initial certification and recertification.
CFRE Participating Organizations champion CFRE certification to support fundraising professionals in centering their practice on globally-accepted, ethical best practices.
“UNCF is an esteemed organization performing vital work to advance equality today and for future generations. It is our pleasure to welcome them as the newest CFRE Participating Organization,” said CFRE International President & CEO Eva Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, (CFRE, 2001-2016). “This partnership will support UNCF’s development teams, as well as those at leading HBCUs, in pursuing their CFRE credential and reaching their continuing education goals.”
UNCF joins 30 other current Participating Organizations putting CFRE certification within closer reach of staff and members.
“This is an unprecedented partnership in the world of philanthropy and professional fundraising. UNCF is now the only organization supporting HBCUs to help fundraising professionals to receive requisite professional development toward their required certification and recertification as a Participating Organization with the industry leader CFRE,” said Dr. Shawna Acker-Ball, senior director, Teaching + Learning Center, UNCF.
“Effective fundraising is critical, and this partnership will enable fundraising professionals at HBCUs and UNCF to receive their CFRE certification and recertification at discounted rates,” said Acker-Ball. “That’s a major development for many HBCU fundraising professionals. In addition, all fundraising related educational programs conducted by UNCF will be aligned with CFRE Continuing Education Points.”
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