The journey to attaining the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential looks different for each of us.
I want to share with you what inspires me to continue renewing my certification every three years and my passion for serving as a CFRE Ambassador, a role where I encourage others to start and successfully navigate their CFRE journey.
Early in my career, my passion for CFRE was ignited, when the Development Director I was working alongside of asked me to help them complete their application.
The experience of reviewing this person’s accomplishments and professional development helped me recognize that certification, an affirmation of my fundraising expertise and knowledge, was attainable for me.
Kicking off My CFRE Preparation
Several years and CFRE-approved trainings later, the timing was right for me to focus on attaining my CFRE. Fortunately, our local AFP chapter was very supportive.
I joined with several colleagues to create a study group. We had each other’s support as we completed the comprehensive application process and prepared for the exam.
I still smile when remembering the thrill of receiving my notification of passing the exam and certificate. For me, it was a wonderful, objective affirmation of my expertise, knowledge, and career choice.
What it Takes
Now, you’ll find me continuing to be just as passionate as I advocate pursuing the CFRE certification to my colleagues, regardless of where they are in their career journey.
In my experience, pursuing a CFRE credential requires:
- Genuine passion for attaining the internationally-recognized credential for philanthropy
- Capacity (and willingness) to allocate your precious time and resources
- Discipline to approach the application and study process incrementally (e.g., regular time spent completing various components)
- Aspiration to attain a credential that will set you apart from other colleagues and assure the community of your commitment to philanthropy and ethics
Holding this certification strengthens the confidence donors (including individuals, corporations, and foundations) can have in you as they navigate the challenges of where to invest their philanthropic dollars.